Hi Folks. First off, great forum!
Secondly, I have searched for this specific question and answer on this forum and have been unsuccessful with this specific query.
I have a HP Touchsmart desktop (Model 300-1020). My son decided to do me a 'favor' and upgrade my computer. In the process he screwed up the computer to the point that he then 'fixed' it by completely wiping out the hard drive. It is 100% wiped and I can not even access the windows recovery console to attempt to recover the OS.
Here is my question. This computer has a Windows 7 Home Premium OA COA sticker on the console. Since I do not have the recovery cd's from HP and do not want to buy them, CAN I SIMPLY REINSTALL THE OS USING THE RETAIL VERSION OF WIN 7 HOME PREMIUM and then activate the installation using the Windows 7 Home Premium OA COA that is on the console since that is the OS that came standard on the system?
Please advise and I thank you in advance.