Installing Vista Premium on an originally Vista Home Basic laptop
While I would rather get a new laptop for my fiance, finances don't allow that at the moment. She has an older Dell latitude laptop, with Vista Home basic installed now. However, things are not good in Vista Home Basic land... long story short, while her son was getting treated for cancer (in remission, yay!) someone else was using the laptop and of course it's gotten FUBAR'd. It works, but very slowly, and some features seem to be gone (I think it was some old malware or virus a while back). I was wondering if I created a new partition on the hard drive (there's about 95GB of free space on the 150GB HD, and she's had this for at least 4 years). She doesn't do much with the laptop, mostly some internet stuff, iTunes, some word documents, so she doesn't need much from the laptop, but I'd like to try and keep it moving until we can get something new.
The biggest thing might be that the only Windows DVD we have is one from my laptop, which is a Home Premium (32bit) DVD. We can't find her original Windows DVD. And I can't find a Certificate of Authenticity on her laptop.
So I guess I need to know:
1. Can I use the Home Premium DVD to install it in a new partition on her hard drive, and then just build that up with what she needs, using the other partition as storage (I know, not the best idea, but an external HD isn't in the budget right now either...) for her photos, etc.?
2. If I can install the Home Premium, is 95GB enough space to get that done? She's not going to need lots of space, especially if the first partition can be used to keep her files for now.
Hope this kind of makes sense. Thanks in advance for any thoughts/suggestions/etc.