|Not easy as Vista isn't the same as XP where you could generally use an OEM disk and whatever key you had attached to the machine. |
So first, what make of laptop is it? Do you have a sticker on the laptop with the activation key on it (usually on the base, sometimes under the battery) - if you don't have this then you have little option except to pay for recovery disks or put Linux on it.
"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd