Replacing hard drive/ need operating system

January 17, 2012 at 16:40:32
Specs: Windows Vista home premium
Will a "emachine" Vista home premium OS disk work on a Acer Aspire using the origional Acer (Windows Vista home premium) Product key?

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January 17, 2012 at 17:12:32
You will have to re-activate Vista after you install the drives into the other computer. The target computer should be on the hardware compatibility list and have drivers for vista available in case you need them. I suggest downloading the NIC drivers at least for the target machine before moving the drive from one computer to another. The reason for downloading and having the NIC drivers handy is that if you have at least the NIC drivers, you'll be able to install them if needed and get your network card working. Which means you can then connect to the internet and download other drivers such as sound , video , etc.
If the emachine key does not use an OEM product key then you stand a very good chance that the hard-drive can be transplanted successfully into the new computer.If the key was a regular key vista, ie. retail, and it does not have OEM in the key , then you can move it. If you have a problem re-activating then you may have to call MS clearing house. It is a toll free call and most of the times you can solve you problem without leaving the automated system. Should an agent pick-up the call, you simply tell them you have moved the system drive form one computer to another. So, the largest determining factor is the type of vista key was used for the Vista installation.

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January 17, 2012 at 18:01:52
Whoops!! I don't think I made myself clear .....The Acer Aspire Laptop hard drive is COMPLETELY MISSING! I have purchased a NEW WD hard drive to install. So, there will not be any operating system. My brother has loaned me the Emachine Vista home premium disk (never used). I am told, since the Acer laptop origionally had Vista home premium, I can re-install from another Vista disk using the Acer Vista product key. The question is...can I use the emachine (Vista home premium)disk to re-install the operating system?
(Emachine , Gateway, Dell, etc are manufactured by Acer)

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January 18, 2012 at 00:59:24
Dell don't just source their laptops from one supplier, and the manufacturer's tend to be ones that are not mainstream names. And judging by the quality of the eMachines I've seen it's highly unlikely they are Acer sourced either.

If the emachine disk is branded as 'emachine' then it is almost certainly a recovery disk, not an oem disk, in which case it will only work with emachines. You need to get an oem disk, or possibly a retail disk, for your best chance, even an Acer one may not work unless it's for the same model range.

Unfortunately Vista is not as flexible when it comes to reinstalling as XP was so there's a very good chance of is blue-screening half way through but the only way to check is to try it, you lose nothing, just make sure you untick the box that says 'activate immediately' and don't activate until you have the basic hardware device drivers set up, otherwise you'll only need to reactivate again.

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January 18, 2012 at 13:12:28
With an empty disk. Try it and see.

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