Can I reinstall Windows Vista on an old computer?

Bruce from Carlsbad, CA

Episode 1418 (55:32)

Windows 7

Bruce got an old computer and he is planning to do a reinstall of Windows Vista. He's wondering if he can wipe out all the partitions, but he's worried that he won't be able to restore it if he needs to. Leo says that Windows will save restore points, but Vista didn't have a restore partition with the Windows installer on it. So he'll have to keep the disc for restoring it if the need arises. Bruce should just understand that Vista doesn't have many updates anymore, so he should be careful using it online. If he can, he should try and get a copy of Windows 7. It's at least updated and would probably run pretty good on that old PC.

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