Well as from many other questions you may know that I may in the future purchase a computer from a from a friend. That computer laptop is a Gateway MT 6707. He claims that that computer does not have a stock hard drive. I've been reading up on this laptop and in one of the manuals I found that it said to restore to a factory copy of windows there is a hidden partition on the Hard Drive. Since that partition will be on the factory hard drive it will make it hard for me to reinstall the default (and current) OS Windows Vista (No I will NOT be upgrading to 7). So he want's 85 but should I tell him no way I will only buy it for Max Price 75 or 80 or not. Also if I do end I up buying I will be reinstalling ASAP so I think this question has been asked but since I don't have a Win vista disc is it ok to download one and then use the product key on the laptop?
Answer by Duodave · Jun 02, 2011 at 12:50 AM
You're saying that the hard disk that came with the computer, which could have been as small as 150 gb, was replaced with something newer and likely larger. In fact, the hidden partition which contained Vista and a whole bunch of bloatware crap is not there. Dude, this is value added, not a negative.
You're getting a good deal, but go to an office store and buy a copy of Windows 7. Don't skimp on the key. If you have a money issue, try Ubuntu.
Answer by PlumpyShrimp · May 31, 2011 at 02:12 PM
I must be understanding this wrong: "85" for a laptop? As in US dollars? Because that'd be incredibly cheap, even if you have to buy a discrete HDD.
As far as using your friend's product key to install a downloaded version of Vista, it seems illegal. I'm no expert but I think the key is only valid with the Windows version given by the OEM (i.e. with the crap they got paid to bundle in).
Again, I'm not sure I understood everything well. How can a computer be sold by a retailer without a hard drive ?
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