Hi, Just looking for some help. For a friend, and(potentially) for myself. My mate recently had some HDD problems on his acer laptop, and I had to reformat it to fix it. He hadn't burned the recovery discs and acer don't provide a vista oem disc with the laptop. I also have a vista acer laptop, which I have repartitioned to dual boot XP and Vista. When this happens vista's eRecovery management won't make the recovery discs(WTF I only resized C: and D: but I did not touch the recovery partition or the acer arcade partition why should my C: and D: being different sizes make any difference its all a ploy). I decided to email acer and try to get 2 sets of recovery disks, £50 each. I find this a bit outrageous, for something I should have been given when I bought the damn thing. When I dual booted vista and xp acer's boot loader is replaced with vista's, and neither ALt+F10, nor F10 seems to work to boot to the recovery partition so no help there then. Anyway I obtained a generic Vista OEM disc using other means and used my mates genuine key, off the sticker on the bottom of his laptop to activate. It recognised the key as a genuine vista basic key. And installed vista basic. However the OS now says it needs to be activated. I tried online, and it won't do it. Buggery! First off, if I phone MS will they give me a new activation (the same way they would if you changed a HDD and some RAM at the same time and it required a new activation). Secondly if this fails, would it be possible for me to rip a recovery disc off the recovery partition? I'd like to do it legal, but the companies force me into a corner. I can't afford a £50 for a recovery disc that may not even recover a complete broken HDD/replacement and neither can my mate (and we don't have the same version of vista so the same disc won't do) Thanks for any help A.