David, going through the PC manufacturer will probably be less expensive
that buying a product key. Toshiba may or may not charge you for a recovery
disk but at least you know you are getting the right one for your system.
The Vista DVD does contain all versions of Vista and the copy that is
installed will be governed by the product key. However, there are also two
types of Vista DVD; retail and OEM (original equipment manufacturer). A
retail product key will not, as far as I know, work on an OEM copy and visa
versa therefore your product key may not work on the copy you downloaded,
especially as the downloaded copy is a retail version.
John Barnett MVP
Windows Desktop Experience
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"David" <dgprozzoLEAVE@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> We can do that. I just thought I would consider a different option.
> "John Barnett MVP" <freelance@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Why not contact Toshiba and ask them if they can supply you with
>> recovery disk?
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>> "David" <dgprozzoLEAVE@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> My son has a Toshiba laptop that originally came with Vista Home Basic
>>> installed. Even though I encouraged him to create a recovery disk, he
>>> did not do so.
>>> Later, he installed Vista Ultimate, probably from a borrowed DVD, but
>>> doesn't have the funds to purchase a Product Key, and he wants to
>>> reinstall Home Basic.
>>> I downloaded Vista from here:
>>> and created a bootable DVD.
>>> It is my understanding that this contains all Vista 32-bit versions and
>>> that the version actually installed depends on the Product Key entered
>>> during installation. Correct? If so, will we be able to use this DVD
>>> and the OEM Product Key on the back of the computer to install Home
>>> I know that we will have to download and install additional drivers.
>>> What problems might there be? Activation issues?