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Installing Vista Without Actual CD


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ak03

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So I got to wondering today if I could download a trail version of Vista Home Premium from somewhere to use on My First Computer Build. Then activate the copy of vista with a serial key that came from my old computer with vista on it.

*I heard that you couldn't install vista on a new pc with a re installation disk from dell. Is this true?
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Hi there ak03 and welcome to geeks to go

You cannot download a trial version of Vista Home Premium however you can buy a copy from Microsofts Vista website.

Only 1 key is allowed per machine so you won't be able to transfer that to your new machine.

I hope that has helped you
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Hello ak03...

What you are wanting to do is seen as piracy. The operating systems that come preinstalled on brand name machines are OEM versions and are linked to the hardware configurations specific to the machines they are installed on. They will not be validated if installed on a different machine. Vista (or any other MS operating system) is not available as a trial download and I would be highly suspect of any that you may find available on the internet...they may contain all kinds of malware that you definitely do not want installed on your computer.

That being said, there are OEM versions of Vista available from most online retailers that will be legal to install providing you install only to a single machine. Tiger Direct and Newegg both offer such versions at substantially lower prices than retail versions of Vista.

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Thank you both for your reply's. I guess that I'll have to buy another vista disk, which is retarded when I already have it on a existing machine. Anyways that you for that info and please check out my computer build and make suggestions to it.
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