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Windows 7: Need help resetting a laptop I purchased used

04 Oct 2012   #11
cruzer131

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Again I'm sorry but where do I read the tutorial


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04 Oct 2012   #12
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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04 Oct 2012   #13
cruzer131

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Where do I read the tutorial, again sorry
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04 Oct 2012   #14
cruzer131

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Disregard last post sorry
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04 Oct 2012   #15
cruzer131

windows 7 64bit
 
 

I found the product key, yippie, now what do I do?
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05 Oct 2012   #16
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Lets check - does it contain the letters OEM in it?
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05 Oct 2012   #17
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

If that product code is the factory OEM-SLP code, its no good. It will be permanently blocked on the Microsoft activation servers. It will be flagged as not valid if you try to phone activate with it too. You need the code from the COA sticker to do a clean install. The MGADiag.exe tool will likely tell you if your using SLP activation.
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52012
The actual product code will not have the letters OEM in it. The "Product ID:" shown on the system page will if its OEM.
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05 Oct 2012   #18
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I think a bigger question is, did you pay for a license as part of the sale, or just for the laptop hardware?
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05 Oct 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

Go to Control Panel>System, scroll down to the Product ID to see if it has OEM in the character string. If so then you have the factory preinstalled Win7 still on there unless the seller installed a cracked illegal Win7 copy.

If you could see enough of the COA sticker to know which OS was licensed to the unit and provide some of it during phone activation after reinstall, we have reports MS will issue a new key. They have ways of knowing from the sticker if a worn Product Key was there.

If there is no OEM in the string then we assume it's a legal Product Key you can audit using Belarc Advisor to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you'd like to stick with the current install you can also Clean Up Factory Bloatware and Optimize Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums which may make it a keeper the way it is. A Win7 backup image would then serve as your Recovery.
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05 Oct 2012   #20
greyoldchief

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Download a Belarc Advisor and run it. It may list your product key.
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