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Windows 7: Activating fresh install on preinstalled OEM laptop

26 Sep 2011   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

What's the problem with buying a set of Gateway recovery discs? You may only have to pay the shipping costs.

Gateway Support - What is Gateway System Recovery?


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26 Sep 2011   #12
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
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26 Sep 2011   #13
gimno

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's $20. I checked. True, it's not that bad compared to buying windows again. I think I'm going to do some rigorous photographic analysis of the product key sticker and see if I can't nail it down.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
What's the problem with buying a set of Gateway recovery discs? You may only have to pay the shipping costs.
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26 Sep 2011   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Well, I would have thought $20 is a reasonable price to pay - it's certainly better than paying for a retail Windows DVD.

Forgive me for sounding cynical, but whenever this type of issue crops up, it's always the product key that is obliterated. Best of luck with your rigorous photographic analysis.
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26 Sep 2011   #15
gimno

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Believe me, I won't neglect to write down the COA key from a new machine after this!
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26 Sep 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just checked my Belarc Advisor. And it does give me the OEM key AND the 25 digit key. it is under " Software Licenses" further down in the document. Look under "Internet Explorer".
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26 Sep 2011   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I just checked my Belarc Advisor. And it does give me the OEM key AND the 25 digit key. it is under " Software Licenses" further down in the document. Look under "Internet Explorer".
WHS, thanks for confirming that. I was fairly certain Belarc would find the product ID and product key.
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26 Sep 2011   #18
gimno

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So you're saying it gave you the COA key? Too bad I didn't see that because I didn't save the file.
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26 Sep 2011   #19
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You can not use the factory OEM-SLP activation method Product Key that Belarc, may/may not find to reinstall Windows.
System Locked Preinstallation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You can not use the factory OEM-SLP
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26 Sep 2011   #20
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Theog, I admire your tenacity - I'm going to bow out gracefully on this one because I know you're right.
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