Quote: Originally Posted by Robwan
Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic
Most efficient: wipe the drive and do a clean install.
Download the ISO from mydigitallife.info, burn it to a disk, install, activate with your existing OEM product key.
Otherwise, there is an app out there called "Decrapifier" or something like that, which is supposed to do a pretty good job.
Excellent thank you! Are you sure the OEM product key will work with that iso? I always thought the OEM was different :-/
Yes, the ISO from that site will work.
Be sure to get the EXACT same version for which your 25 character Product Key is valid. It should be on a sticker on your PC or in the battery compartment if you have a laptop.
OEM is different, in this way:
OEM license is restricted to the original motherboard. If you change motherboards, the OEM license is not valid. On occasion, Microsoft will have some mercy and let you get away with a new motherboard if your existing motherboard dies. But you would have to call them, tell your story, and hope the guy you happen to get on the phone is having a good day.
Non-OEM license is not restricted to the original motherboard. You can change motherboards at will, BUT you can use the license on ONLY ONE PC at any given time. Most techy types upgrade parts from time to time and prefer non-OEM licenses for that reason.