Purchased new hardware & MS Vista will not boot.
Posted on 2011-02-23
I purchased an old Gateway computer. The CPU/Motherboard/Memory are fried.
I've build a new box and moved the old Gateway HDD (Vista) to the new box.
I get a screen indicating new hardware it asks to insert the Vista CD. Unfortunately, the CD did not come with the Gateway. Additionally, I can choose to boot, safe mode, last profile, with or w/o networking, etc. Vista barely begins to boot and it looks like a Blue-Screen-of-Death flashes and then reboots. On the Gateway box are all the stickers authorizing Vista. But stickers on the Gateway box does not help!!
How can I legally fix this problem when I don't have the Vista install CD?