Looks like whoever is selling this laptop has ruthlessly deleted the entire
system, all folders and restore partition in an effort to protect data. He
probably never got a Vista disk when he bought it either. But the key is
usually printed on a tag and pasted to the bottom. That would account for
it looking like it does. This in itself is not a particular problem. The
license is transferable since everything was removed and you can get a disk
from the MS site at a nominal fee. (you will need the key FIRST). You need
to ask a lot of questions if you can on the auction site. I would only go
for this if it was a GREAT deal. "doonboggle" also has a suggestion but I
haven't found a copy that cheap. You will need a FULL version and they run
$150 or so. I think the best bet is the MS site. I don't know how much
they get but I'm thinking about $20.00 for a replacement disk. Oh and BTW,
if you know someone with a disk and you have a legit key, it's perfectly ok
to use their disk to do the install.
"doonboggle" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> If it's cheap enough, I'd go for it.
> Then go to ebay and buy a version of Windows you want. Vista is getting
> very inexpensive these days over there. Just bought one myself for 40.00
> plus 5.00 shipping ... unopened.
> "tkkt" wrote:
>> I am looking at buying a laptop at an online auction site, but the item
>> states the "Operating System License Key" is included. However the items
>> included are:
>> Installed Operating System
>> Operating System Restore Partition
>> Operating System Restore Disc (s)
>> How can I use this computer or do I have to buy a full OS version?