What Vista DVDs are required for fixes

  setecio 09:43 01 Sep 2007

If you needed to repair or reinstall XP you needed to have the correct CD for the key ... eg Home / Pro / Retail / OEM.

I understand with Vista, all versions are on the DVD ... is there an OEM /Retail divide .... in other words if problems arise in a legitimate version of Vista, can any Vista DVD be used if it is required, or is it a similar scenario to XP where you have to have the correct type of DVD ?

  setecio 09:45 01 Sep 2007

.... and ....

are the Vista DVDs supplied with a new PC by the likes of Dell / HP .... are they full Vista DVDs or some kind of specialised OEM Vista DVD, different to the retail version ?

  Jim_F 11:10 01 Sep 2007

The OEM version I have has a digital license on the DVD -otherwise it looks just like the upgrade version. I believe its the registration code rather than the media that makes your install unique (and legitimate).

BTW - in my case (Business Upgrade edition) I had to request 64 bit on seperate media at a nominal cost - around £6.

I don't know about the respair install - I prefer to image my install to DVD (all my data goes on a second partition)

  setecio 12:12 01 Sep 2007

Do you image your install with something built into Vista, or do you use something seperate like Ghost or TrueImage ?

  Jim_F 13:09 01 Sep 2007

I use the business edition which lets you make a recovery image of the OS partition. It has a seperate capability to backup and selectively restore data files which I also use.

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