Use recovery disk from another computer?

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
September 1, 2010 at 23:37:58
Specs: Vista, 250/2GB
My friends hard disk broke and he has bought a new one. However, he doesn't have any recovery nor installation CD. I have a recovery disk made from MY computer (which is a Compaq Presario CQ60, just as he has - although he doesn't have HDMI and my RAM is 4 GB whilst he's got 2 GB). Can I use that recovery disk in anyway to install Vista on his HD ? (he has a license number on the bottom of the laptop).

Any solutions appreciated before I try myself.

[Can't download torrents so neosmart doesn't work for me.]

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September 2, 2010 at 01:27:09
You can try it - the worst that can happen is a blue screen. If they are the same model then it should work, the memory issue is irrelevant and HDMI shouldn't be a problem, except that it implies you have a different graphics card so you may need to go to the HP/Compaq site and download the correct one from there.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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September 2, 2010 at 05:47:00
My reason for asking is that someone mentioned the possibility that the recovery disk (made from my computer) in some way was "connected" or "hard coded" to MY Vista license number.

Will see what happens... :-)

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September 2, 2010 at 18:00:37
Most if not all OEM disks are set to query some part on the motherboard or a collection of parts. Usually the bios. Pretty sure it wouldn't work but I would try it. You'd know right away if is said not for this computer or such.

If he bought the computer from some name brand company he may be able to purchase disks for a small fee.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 2, 2010 at 22:35:31
Thanks. Will hopefully try it tonight.

(Yes, I asked in a local shop and an "open OEM" disk wasn't really that expensive - about $ 15, but it's interesting to know, and also a little 'prestige' to it :-)

Furthermore, if it works with my own disk, I have $15 extra for beer or something ;-)

(I would also hope that a recovery disk from a similar computer may have more appropriate drivers)

Thanks again

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September 2, 2010 at 22:49:35
... try here for drivers!


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September 3, 2010 at 13:13:33
Don't confuse what I said. Two sources of disks are available. One is online places that sell "oem" disks that came from who knows where. What I meant was to contact the maker of the computer for the exact correct disks. They may include applications on that/those disks in the price too. May have two sets. One is os while other is apps or such.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 7, 2010 at 00:12:47
Tried to reinstall Vista from "my" recovery disk. Didn't work. Said something like "This PC cannot install from this disk".... Means that I must get hold on an open OEM install disk. (Will contact the maker, but if complicated and slow to get disk, I'll get it from elsewhere)

I notice a strange thing. Under MY computer it says "Vista Home Premium OEMact" and then the product key. Under my friends comp I can only see the product key... Not the "Vista stuff"... seems like it is erased (maybe unintentionally)... I take it he's got Vista Home premium as well... Can I learn what kind of Vista he's entitled to from some number under the computer?

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September 7, 2010 at 06:00:59
HP/compaq helped me with exakt OS from all the numbers, and suggested me to purchase a 'perfect' CD for £35.... A bit too much I think... We'll see if any other options pop up.

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