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I have a Toshiba laptop that came with Vista. It runs much better with Ubuntu and I never want to go back. I was so dead set that I removed the Vista partition. Now I need some applications that will not work on WinE:

  1. Target Coupons
  2. Skype with my webcam

I can always boycott target (and their site makes it very tempting), but the Jetson's feel of Skype is too tempting. My webcam works in Linux, just not Skype.

Anyway, I want to install Vista on VirtualBox instead having to dual boot for these tasks. I don't have a Vista disk, but I still have my product key. The disk given by Toshiba doesn't seem to let me do a full re-install. So, I have two issues:

  1. How can I get my hands on a Vista install disk?
  2. Will the Vista installer somehow recognize that it's VirtualBox (not a Toshiba) and block the install?

Thanks in advance.

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" The disk given by Toshiba doesn't seem to let me do a full re-install." Can you explain in more detail? – Moab Jul 28 '10 at 20:58

To "get you hands on" a Vista disk, you can borrow one from a friend [or download from a torrent site]- as long as the product key is unique and owned by you there shouldn't be a problem. I can't help you with the VM issue.

One example of back up for my claim, although SuperUser is not a legal resource:

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