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Windows 7: OEM Disk without Key - Reinstall

11 Sep 2011   #1
BillS22

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
OEM Disk without Key - Reinstall

I'm thinking about formatting and re-installing Windows on a Store-Built Machine. I noticed that the PC does not have a sticker with a software Key.

An OEM Windows Disk was provided.

Will I be able to reinstall? Will I need to call MS for a key?


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11 Sep 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You can re-install your system without any need to activate, as OEM software is already activated by the computer builder's licensing arrangements with Microsoft, so you won't have to call Microsoft.

Before you use your Windows disc, have you checked to see whether you have a recovery partition? Using that will automatically reformat your hard drive and restore your computer to its factory state.

Also, before you start, have you created a set of recovery discs as these will get you out of trouble when all else fails.
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11 Sep 2011   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BillS22 View Post
I'm thinking about formatting and re-installing Windows on a Store-Built Machine. I noticed that the PC does not have a sticker with a software Key.

An OEM Windows Disk was provided.

Will I be able to reinstall? Will I need to call MS for a key?
If you have a working, activated copy of Windows 7, you can get the key using software. I believe that the freeware Belarc Advisor does it.

(The key is stored in the Windows Registry, but it's encrypted.)
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11 Sep 2011   #4
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BillS22 View Post
I'm thinking about formatting and re-installing Windows on a Store-Built Machine. I noticed that the PC does not have a sticker with a software Key.

An OEM Windows Disk was provided.

Will I be able to reinstall? Will I need to call MS for a key?
If you have a working, activated copy of Windows 7, you can get the key using software. I believe that the freeware Belarc Advisor does it.

(The key is stored in the Windows Registry, but it's encrypted.)

You are right Belarc advisor will show the key +1 you're one smart person there
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11 Sep 2011   #5
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BillS22 View Post
I'm thinking about formatting and re-installing Windows on a Store-Built Machine. I noticed that the PC does not have a sticker with a software Key.

An OEM Windows Disk was provided.

Will I be able to reinstall? Will I need to call MS for a key?
When you say Store-Built, exactly what store did you purchase it from?
If it was a local computer store then they should have put a sticker from the oem software on the side or back of the computer.
If you were given a real oem disk, there should have been a sticker someplace.

Rich
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11 Sep 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BillS22 View Post
I'm thinking about formatting and re-installing Windows on a Store-Built Machine. I noticed that the PC does not have a sticker with a software Key.

An OEM Windows Disk was provided.

Will I be able to reinstall? Will I need to call MS for a key?
When you say Store-Built, exactly what store did you purchase it from?
If it was a local computer store then they should have put a sticker from the oem software on the side or back of the computer.
If you were given a real oem disk, there should have been a sticker someplace.

Rich
A good point and one that we should have picked up on sooner.

If your "OEM" DVD turns out not to be genuine then you will have problems activating it and will most likely have to buy another Windows DVD if you can't carry out a factory restore either.
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11 Sep 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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14 Sep 2011   #8
BillS22

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well...I found the sticker with the Install Key. It was inside the computer on the back of the removable cover.

Hidden, but there.

Thanks
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