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hello,
I am helping a friend. He has an old pc running Vista. It's not running well, and he wants to reload Vista. The thing is, he doesn't have the media. However, there is a Microsoft sticker on the pc with the Vista product key. So is there a way to get Vista install media that would work with his product key?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Scott C

That is true.  Thanks for pointing that out.

But first see if there is a recovery partition on the computer and use that.
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thank you for the help. I got the old pc home and started getting a clearer view of what is going on.
also, as I talked to my friend I found out that someone he works with tried to fix it up, and put some funky copy of vista on it, so I think that might have gotten rid of the manufacturers recovery partition
When I talked to my friend, we decided to get rid of this questionable copy of windows, So I think I'll see what I could get from the Manufacturer, however, it's an E machine. I don't know if they are still around.
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is it a brand PC ?  these often have a factory restore partition on the drive, or software to make install media
so plse - post model of the PC - and verify in disk manager if the restore partition still exists
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It's an Emachine
I don't think they are still around.
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I don't see the partition. I looked in the disk manager, and used diskpart.
unless I'm missing it, it don't think it's there.
also, the alt + f10 think didn't work.
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thank you
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