Preinst., reinstall w gen OEM disc?

February 1, 2009 at 16:55:52
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2, P4 Prescott 2.4 GHz, 768 MB DDR333

I'm buying a new laptop soon that apparently doesn't come with a recovery disc. Given that it comes preinstalled with Windows Vista (Home Premium), I would like to know the following:

I am aware that you can't mix OEM, volume and retail licenses and discs. However, is it possible to install Vista from a generic OEM disc (the ones intended for PC builders) using a vendor OEM product key?

Thank you,


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February 1, 2009 at 19:57:46
I don't know what a generic OEM is but even if that works, what about the drivers? If you can't get them, don't buy the laptop.

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February 2, 2009 at 04:24:15
Simply put, the fact of the matter is that for Dell & Toshiba brands you do get the DVD. For all other brands you will be given the opportunity to create your own DVD.


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