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Windows 7: Can You Install Retail Windows 7 and use OEM serial #

08 Oct 2012   #31
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Toshiba would never sell preinstalled Windows 7 without a COA sticker with Product Key on it. It should most definitely be on the bottom of the laptop. If you bought this PC from a shop, I would contact them to ask where the COA sticker is because they cannot legally sell preinstalled Windows 7 without the sticker which proves it's Genuine and paid for to MS.

The Key you audited from the HD is not the same as the key on the COA sticker, but is an OEM-SLP key used to offline mass-activate the PC at the factory. There is a way to back up the SLP activation file to reinstall it after a Clean Reinstall but it is not supported by these forums due to piracy concerns, though you can research it on your own.

So your options here are to contact the shop to find out where the sticker is, contact Toshiba Support to ask the same and see if they will replace the sticker or at least send you the Factory Recovery Disks for your model which will self-activate. You can then Clean Up Factory Bloatware which is the next best thing to a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If this is not resolved satisfactorily by your shop and/or Toshiba, I would personally call MS Customer Service to report that you were sold preinstalled Windows 7 without a COA sticker. If you have the Product ID they can trace the OS license to possibly replace your key which they often do if a user sold non-Genuine Windows 7 cooperates by reporting it.

Your COA sticker Product Key can only be used on that one PC so it would not be stolen or retained by an intermediary for any gain.


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08 Oct 2012   #32
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I think the digital life article I posted explains what you need to know. However, It is possible for someone to remove and retain a COA sticker if you bought the PC second hand.
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08 Oct 2012   #33

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shine View Post
Yes it was purchased new. Believe me I am not arguing that there should be and may have been a COA sticker on the bottom of this laptop. But as I look at it now there is none to be found. Now that I think of it, my daughter did buy an extra battery for this laptop as the first one didn't hold a charge long enough. Maybe the sticker was attached to the other battery.
No, The sticker is NEVER attached to the battery.

It may be under it, in the housing, as suggested, but I`d love to see a pic of this.
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08 Oct 2012   #34

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Greg`s advice is spot on !!


999 Posts OMG Flip it over !!!

Is there a way to keep it at 999 ???
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09 Oct 2012   #35

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Have just dropped on the last post so if you haven't got the activation code any chance of running SIW? that will find the licence code or Speccy will.

http://www.piriform.com/speccy

http://siw.en.softonic.com/

By the by if you want to put in a new opto drive thats simple just go to

Disassemble, repair, take apart, upgrade, clean Toshiba laptop or notebook yourself. pick out the model it's usually just a screw accessed from below the drive then just slips out - put the new one in and replace the screw.
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09 Oct 2012   #36

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Greg I totally agree there should be and probably was a COA sticker on this laptop when I purchased it. I'm only saying that there doesn't seem to be any COA now. The laptop is running fine and is activated after using the reinstallation disks I made on the first day of purchase. I just didn't want to use them to avoid bloat being reinstalled along with windows. After using PC decrapifier to uninstall a bunch of things I'm happy with the way it's running.

I was unaware until you and some others pointed out that OEM computers were activated while off line. It makes sense but I wrongly assumed they activated once they were connected to the internet.

ADDRAM I'm guessing you wanted to see a pic of the back of the laptop so here it is. As you can see there is no COA on the back. Please note that while I purchased this laptop for my daughter just over 2 years ago I really haven't seen it since. I can't specifically say I made note of if a COA was attached. I assume yes, but where it has gone I really can't say. Looking at the back carefully it does look like there may have been a sticker attached to the back at sometime. When I asked my daughter about it she says she didn't really notice if it was there or not.

At any rate, I'm sending it back to her tomorrow so I'm done with it.

Thank you to all for your comments and assistance.


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09 Oct 2012   #37
Microsoft MVP

 

There are other steps here to correctly Clean Up Factory Bloatware which also requires testing System files to see if the corrupting crapware has damaged any. You must have missed where I posted it earlier.
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09 Oct 2012   #38

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

As long as the factory reinstall has been cleaned up to the point where he is happy with it - that's fine.
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09 Oct 2012   #39

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shine View Post
Greg I totally agree there should be and probably was a COA sticker on this laptop when I purchased it. I'm only saying that there doesn't seem to be any COA now. The laptop is running fine and is activated after using the reinstallation disks I made on the first day of purchase. I just didn't want to use them to avoid bloat being reinstalled along with windows. After using PC decrapifier to uninstall a bunch of things I'm happy with the way it's running.

I was unaware until you and some others pointed out that OEM computers were activated while off line. It makes sense but I wrongly assumed they activated once they were connected to the internet.

ADDRAM I'm guessing you wanted to see a pic of the back of the laptop so here it is. As you can see there is no COA on the back. Please note that while I purchased this laptop for my daughter just over 2 years ago I really haven't seen it since. I can't specifically say I made note of if a COA was attached. I assume yes, but where it has gone I really can't say. Looking at the back carefully it does look like there may have been a sticker attached to the back at sometime. When I asked my daughter about it she says she didn't really notice if it was there or not.

At any rate, I'm sending it back to her tomorrow so I'm done with it.

Thank you to all for your comments and assistance.
So what I don't get is why didn't you look with Speccy for the COA? It would have given you that and you could have just clean installed with the ISO surely?

That would have left you with no bloat apart from some things that Toshiba have "built in" but not enough to worry about.
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09 Oct 2012   #40

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
So what I don't get is why didn't you look with Speccy for the COA? It would have given you that and you could have just clean installed with the ISO surely?

That would have left you with no bloat apart from some things that Toshiba have "built in" but not enough to worry about.
See post 4.

The original poster used Magic Jelly Bean to find the Product Key.

That key apparently did not work.

Like you, I'm a bit confused too and don't know why that key did not work. He describes it a 25 character key. I can only assume that key was NOT an OEM key.

I guess it's unknown if the laptop ever had an actual COA sticker--it should have.
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