Right... Pretty simple question Rebuilding my lasses mams laptop and im having a problem, it was running on Vista Home Edition and was running like shite so i agreed to rebuild it with the intention of putting XP on. Unfortunately the product key I have doesnt work and I now have a version of XP which I cannot validate. I have tried to use the recovery partition to reinstall Vista for now, but I cannot access it via F8/Repair My Computer. Is that because the Vista recovery partition on the machine needs a vista installation (Corrupt or not) to be present on the disk on a seperate partition?