RE: How do you reinstall if hard drive burns out?
> There's been a lot of discussion but you can install an upgrade on a "new"
> replacement hard drive.
> 1.. Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and start the setup program.
> 2.. When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click "Next"
> and proceed with setup. This will install Windows Vista as a 30-day trial.
> 3.. When prompted, select the edition of Vista which you have purchased
> and continue with setup.
> 4.. Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop
> for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.
> 5.. This time, type in your product key when prompted.
> 6.. When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install,
> choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Vista. Yes, this
> means that you will have to install Vista for a second time.
> 7.. Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to
> activate Windows Vista normally. You can also delete the Windows.old
> directory which contains information from the first Vista install."
> "James" wrote:
> > Hypothetical, I dont want to throw vista on a gaming computer if updating the
> > hard drive or having an accident is going to require me to call up Microsoft
> > for a new license.
> > "unvista" wrote:
> > > Shouldn't say that if you have installed before you can install again. Has
> > > this actually happened or is this a hypothetical "I'm scared" kind of thing?
> > >
> > > "James" wrote:
> > > > Let me make that a little more clear. If my original hard drive that I
> > > > installed vista on burned out and I got a new hard drive but I cant activate
> > > > vista because it says i've already installed it how would I reinstall?
> > > > "James" wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > How would you reinstall Microsoft Vista if your hard drive burned out?