I have a family friend who needs to reformat her laptop (virus infected). She has misplaced her system restore disk. The laptop is running Vista, and has a valid Vista product key on a sticked on the underside of the laptop.
What are my options for installing Vista on this laptop without the system restore CD?
Can I use any Windows Vista CD to install the OS on this laptop as long as I use the key that came with the laptop?
This question seems related to question 18213, which asks whether it's possible to use the OS disk and key shipped with one machine to install Vista on a different machine.