I have this problem. I have my laptop with no data. It was formatted. Now I would like to reinstall windows vista using the same serial written on the sticker attached to the downside of it. I have tried by installing WIN VISTA SP2 and when I typed the serial it said that the serial is not valid. I guess it might have to do with the fact that this windows vista is not valid for a serial associated to windows vista home basic sp1.
Moreover, since I have nothing about whether this vista is sp1, sp2... writen on the corresponding OEM sticker, I would like to know some way to verify that my serial, the OEM windows vista serial, is really from a win vista home basic sp1. I just guessed it was like that considering that after installing win vista sp2x64, it told me that the serial was not valid for windows vista home basic. Well, the problem might be as well that my machine is x86 instead of x64.
To end with, someone just gave me a windows vista home premium to try by installing it and let's see if this version works with my serial. I wonder though, whether a serial for windows home vista basic sp1 will be valid for a windows vista home premium installation.
I do not how to get a dvd with windows vista home basic sp1.
Any ideas to solve the main problem?
Thanks for the suggestions.