Solved Reinstalling Windows for a new mobo without cd.

December 29, 2011 at 20:50:50
Specs: Windows Vista, i5 2500k / 8 gigs
I have a new motherboard and processor that I want to install, but I cant find my Windows Vista cd/cd-key that came with the original computer. Is there another way to configure my old hard drive to the new hardware?

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December 30, 2011 at 01:54:33
Windows doesn't like to travel, u need that disk to repair OS after changes has been done.
There are plenty of win 7 copies out there, if u don't mind grab one and burn it to a dvd.

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December 30, 2011 at 08:55:37
Is it possible to do an Upgrade Install (Vista --> Win7) and have work essentially the same as if I did a repair install?

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December 30, 2011 at 09:38:34
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Not without a CD. You definitely need a Widows CD of some kind. However if you have the CD you can get the installation key with Magic Jell bean. But you have to run this on the old motherboard before you do any changes. You can i use any CD, beg steal or borrow one as long as it is the same type as the original CD.

A Vista instillation key will not work with Windows 7.


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December 30, 2011 at 12:05:37
Thank you for pointing me in the direction of RecoverKeys. I might be able to get this crap working now.

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