vista 64 Home premium recovery CD not working, what can i do with this?

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  1. onetwo3

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    hello all,ive an old fujitsu laptop including the original vista 64 recovery CDs and correct PK sticker.now I want to install/recover vista but it says there is a HDD error when trying to use the recovery CD but I know there is not because its running W7 & XP64 just fine. I just want to put vista back on it for now.the only thing that is different from original is that it has a smaller HDD 60gb instead of the 500gb one that came in it so that must be why the recovery CD is having a fit. Ive tried everything to get it to work, put it on USB with rufus, cloned it directly on the HDD with clonedisk file copy feature and it booted up and still says HDD error LOL!anyway, how can I get vista on this machine with this recovery CD? can i somehow convert it to a regular install CD or something? thanks
     
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    Just curious - why don't you grab the MSDN media & do a clean install?
     
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    that looks like everything one would need to start from scratch.. i would have never found that link there THANKS! i would still like to learn if there is anything I can do with this recovery media though. i see there is a wim file and several other large files 001, 002, etc. probably they are encrypted install discs. maybe there is a way to decrypt them and make into an install media somehow?
     
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    #8 Oz, Jul 22, 2016
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    You are kidding right????? :confused:

    It is right above your own post, RIGHT ABOVE!!!!!!!!!! :g:

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    Sticky: [Official] Microsoft Windows Vista [Direct Download]
    Sticky: Vista Oem Sources Folder Project
    Sticky: Vista OEM SLP keys
    Sticky: Vista OEMSLP Certificate & Bin Collection
    Sticky: Windows Vista SP2 Retail & VL mirror link!!!
    Sticky: How to make your own Vista OEM DVD
    Sticky: Vista OEM Activation How it Works 
    
     
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    #9 onetwo3, Jul 22, 2016
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    the link on page 105 of a 100+ page thread.. no, not kidding. can vista boot from a usb? running vista, not install media booting from usb.