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Old July 31st, 2009 (9:59 AM).
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Hey my friend is giving me a laptop next week at band camp... but i think it has windows 95 or something... My main computer has windows vista home premium. I am wondering if it is possible to make an install CD from my home computer to install vista on my new laptop. My home computer had vista pre-installed when it was bought.

So basically can i make an install CD from my existing computer and how?
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Old July 31st, 2009 (10:55 AM). Edited July 31st, 2009 by twocows.
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Hey my friend is giving me a laptop next week at band camp... but i think it has windows 95 or something... My main computer has windows vista home premium. I am wondering if it is possible to make an install CD from my home computer to install vista on my new laptop. My home computer had vista pre-installed when it was bought.

So basically can i make an install CD from my existing computer and how?
1. AFAIK, it's impossible to make an install CD if you don't have an install source.
2. It's illegal to use a single-license copy of Windows on more than one computer.

I can suggest a few legal alternatives:
1. Xandros is a distribution of Linux made to feel similar to a Windows installation. Unfortunately, the Home and Home Premium editions seem to be unavailable, leaving only the expensive professional edition. You can find that here if you're interested (for the most part, you can ignore the "Microsoft Patent Protection").
2. Ubuntu is a distribution of Linux designed to be relatively user friendly and easy to use. There is a great deal of free (gratis and libre) available for Ubuntu, and Ubuntu itself is also free. There are three editions you might be interested in: Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu. Xubuntu is designed for older hardware in mind; there should be screenshots for each version on the linked pages.
3. Or, you could always simply buy a new Windows CD and license. If you have a relatively powerful laptop, you can get Windows Vista Home Premium or better right now (here; click the "Show Full Versions" if you do not have Windows 2000 or XP or some variant) and get a Windows 7 upgrade (more information here, FAQ here). Do a clean installation, regardless of which license you get. Or, you could wait until October 22 and buy Windows 7 on its release. If you have an older laptop, you may want to consider purchasing Windows XP (Home, Professional) or upgrading your hardware.
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Plus if that laptop really is that old, it won't be running Vista! Might just be able to run XP, perhaps.
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