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

09 Oct 2012   #41
gregrocker

 

I explained it in post 31. The key which would be onboard preinstalled Win7 which came on a Toshiba laptop is not the same as the key on the COA sticker and can't be used to activate a Clean Reinstall. It is an OEM-SLP key used to mass activate Win7 offline at factory.


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09 Oct 2012   #42
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I explained it in post 31. The key which would be onboard preinstalled Win7 which came on a Toshiba laptop is not the same as the key on the COA sticker and can't be used to activate a Clean Reinstall. It is an OEM-SLP key used to mass activate Win7 offline at factory.
Greg:

Are there no tools that will reveal the COA sticker Product Key?

Or do tools such as Magic Jelly Bean, Speccy, etc reveal ONLY the OEM-SLP key??

Or will these tools reveal the COA sticker Product Key ONLY if that key has in fact been used to activate the existing installation---such as when someone buys an OEM laptop and later does a clean install from a legit ISO and activates with the COA sticker key?

I've never used the tools, but it would be sensible that the tools can't reveal a key that wasn't used for the existing install.
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10 Oct 2012   #43
gregrocker

 

Yes, if COA sticker Product key has already been used for Clean Reinstall then it should be detected by a key finder program and work for reinstall. But if it's still the preinstalled Win7 installation, then it has a SLP key which itself can't be used to reinstall at all.

The factory SLP key must have it's entire onboard file backed up to reinstall using methods we are not allowed to support here.

The options then become to use whatever remains of the COA sticker to see if enough is there for MS Phone Activation to issue a new key to activate a Clean Reinstall. There are numerous reports they will do this if they can get enough off the sticker to verify it. I think they also ask for the Product ID which is a tracking code.

Or you can order the Recovery disks which self-activate.
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10 Oct 2012   #44
ignatzatsonic

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Aye aye.

Thanks for the clarification.
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11 Oct 2012   #45
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes Greg I have found the activation key on factory machines via Speccy and SIW and am now a but confused as to whether one can download the ISO and activate it using that code?

I have done a reset to an OEM that the original mobo died and put it on a another machine so hence am now thinking that the factory installed OEM ?SLP is not able to be reactivated should the HDD give up the ghost and there is no disk provided as so irritatingly common now?
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11 Oct 2012   #46
gregrocker

 

The key read from factory preinstalled Windows is the SLP key which is not the same as on the COA sticker and cannot be used to Clean Reinstall Win7 without backing up the entire SLP file. We only support using the COA sticker key as given in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 .

For any factory or retail OEM where the mobo is changed to another model than the exact same mobo, it will almost always fail activation since the mobo is the one hardware device which cannot be changed on OEM. You could replace the key with Builder's OEM since you have literally rebuilt it for these purposes.
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11 Oct 2012   #47
atanu

windows 7 Ultimatex86
 
 

very good post.I have a desktop PC with Dual core 2.7ghz processor with 1 GB ram.which edition of windows 7 work first with no problem.
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11 Oct 2012   #48
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

If you buy a store PC manufactured by a large OEM (eg. Toshiba, Dell, HP...) you should carefully document the Product Key on the COA sticker like this one
Can You Install Retail Windows 7 and use OEM serial #-coa-sticker.jpg
Just take a digital pic of it. It is your only legal way of doing a clean install. You've already paid for this.

If the PC was assembled by a smaller OEM then they should have affixed a similar label.


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