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    • ferry
    • By ferry 18th Oct 16, 9:05 PM
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    Full installation with original COA only?
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    • 18th Oct 16, 9:05 PM
    Full installation with original COA only? 18th Oct 16 at 9:05 PM
    Is it possible to carry out a full new installation of Vista if i have just the activation key?
    Usually the other way round but I had no disc when I acquired the PC but being a business model I have a COA.
    Any ideas please guys appreciated
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    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 18th Oct 16, 10:28 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 10:28 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 10:28 PM
    It should be, provided you have installation media for the correct version of Vista. You might be routed through phone activation though.
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 19th Oct 16, 12:50 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 12:50 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 12:50 AM
    What brand and model number of machine and which edition of Vista?
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 19th Oct 16, 1:15 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 1:15 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 1:15 AM
    I'm off on holiday, so you'll just have to make do with plain image links.

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6bNnleDp7llSGZoNk0tTC1iX00?tid=0B6bNnleDp7llOTJw d3M4eTZGazQ
    • ferry
    • By ferry 19th Oct 16, 7:59 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 7:59 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 7:59 AM
    What brand and model number of machine and which edition of Vista?
    Originally posted by NiftyDigits
    Sorry bit late but it's a Dell Vostro 220s with Vista Business edition
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    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 21st Oct 16, 6:11 AM
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    • 21st Oct 16, 6:11 AM
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    • 21st Oct 16, 6:11 AM
    Sorry bit late but it's a Dell Vostro 220s with Vista Business edition
    Originally posted by ferry
    So the link to the images supplied should work, as the DVD contains Vista Buisiness.
    If it still contains just 2GB of RAM, choose the 32 bit version. 4GB of RAM and upwards, the 64 bit version.

    Alternatively, if you would prefer to install Windows 7, simply update the BIOS firmware with the latest update here

    Instructions here

    Once completed, you can install Windows 7 using a standard DELL Windows 7 re-installation disc.

    Example to be found here

    Of course you can find links to the installation image online, but if you would like an official installation disc, that is one.
    • ferry
    • By ferry 22nd Oct 16, 11:00 AM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 11:00 AM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 11:00 AM
    Apologies for raising an old thread but are the links to a full install of Vista? Never seen it being done like that before , I assume its a .rar file ? Will I need to burn it to DVD before I can install it?

    Thanks for the ongoing help
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    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 22nd Oct 16, 12:08 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 12:08 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 12:08 PM
    If it's a .rar/zip file, you need to download, save and then extract it from rar/zip form using WinRar or 7-zip.
    Then burn the resulting .iso image to disc using ImageBurn image to disc option or the built in Image Burner in Windows 7 upwards.

    Take the hint and forget about Vista. It's support ends in April. 11/04/2017

    Install Windows 7 as suggested.
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