Windows Vista dead computer to Windows 10 installation possibilites

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  1. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
       #1

    Windows Vista dead computer to Windows 10 installation possibilites


    I had a Windows Vista 3-bit laptop with faster graphic card and unfortunately one day it did not open. Therefore, I purchased Windows 10 laptop with slower graphic card.
    Question: Though Windows Vista computer can not be powered on, if hard disk is replaced with new one in that case is there any possibility to install Windows 10?

    Please share your thoughts and enlighten me.
    Thank you in advance.
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  2. Posts : 2,093
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #2

    You can but try. Windows 10 is free to download and install, you can test it that way. If it works, then purchase a license for the version of Win 10 installed (Pro or Home)

    Or if you can find an old device with a Win 7/8.x license, you can use that license to activate (again, matching the version installed). Sometimes can pick up an old second-hand device (even not working) from online (eBay) or local auctions for less than the cost of a genuine license key. Make sure it's not an OEM license, it may not transfer to the "new" device.

    But, just try an unlicensed version to see if it's compatible.
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  3. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    idgat said:
    You can but try. Windows 10 is free to download and install, you can test it that way. If it works, then purchase a license for the version of Win 10 installed (Pro or Home)

    Or if you can find an old device with a Win 7/8.x license, you can use that license to activate (again, matching the version installed). Sometimes can pick up an old second-hand device (even not working) from online (eBay) or local auctions for less than the cost of a genuine license key. Make sure it's not an OEM license, it may not transfer to the "new" device.

    But, just try an unlicensed version to see if it's compatible.
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    Idgat thank you for the quick reply.
    I already got Vista license key I do not know if that will work or not.
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  4. Posts : 13,757
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
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    Vista or WinXP are not part of the Upgrade path to Win10, would have to be a clean install and have an unused Win7/8/8.1 Product Key or buy a Win10 Product Key.
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  5. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    Berton said:
    Vista or WinXP are not part of the Upgrade path to Win10, would have to be a clean install and have an unused Win7/8/8.1 Product Key or buy a Win10 Product Key.
    Berton thank you very much for the reply.
    As my vista laptop is not working replacing a hard disk and then installing Windows 10 from zero is that possible?
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  6. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Of course it is, but buy a Samsung SSD for it, don`t put a hard drive in it.

    Samsung Solid State Drives - Memory Storage | Samsung US


    Please explain what you mean by "Not working" If it won`t power on, how do you expect to use it ???


    Here`s the link to download Windows 10, surprised no one posted it.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10
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  7. Posts : 2,093
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
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    Ari94 said:
    Berton thank you very much for the reply.
    As my vista laptop is not working ...
    You need to know (and tell us) what's "not working"? What happens when you start it up/turn it on? Any error messages?
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  8. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
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    idgat said:
    You need to know (and tell us) what's "not working"? What happens when you start it up/turn it on? Any error messages?
    Idgat thank you for reply.
    Windows Vista was working as usual. I shut it down left and when I returned I could not turn it on. Wanted to try BIOS even that did not start. As it is Windows 10 age, there wasn't any repair shop where I could ask them to check. Now I have removed the Hard disk and connected it via adapter to Windows 10 laptop and copied what I needed. In short Vista laptop can not start. Instead throw in the trash I thought should ask question here. The best thing in Vista computer was the GTX Geforce 720 graphic card.
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  9. Posts : 2,093
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
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    Ari94 said:
    I shut it down left and when I returned I could not turn it on. Wanted to try BIOS even that did not start. Instead throw in the trash I thought should ask question here.
    That would suggest something more critical than just a corrupted OS and/or drive.


    Create a Linux distro USB (Mint or Puppy) and boot into that USB device (don't install, just run from the USB). Does your computer start up with that method?

    EDIT : Check the power supply - power lights on? If you can, remove the battery and just try to start up with the power connected.
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  10. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
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    If it's a Vista era laptop--11 to 13 years old, it likely is not worth the cost of any hardware replacement beyond a mouse or possibly RAM, unless you can do the repair yourself.

    Who knows what would be the next failure 6 months after you replace a given part?
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