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Windows 7: Product key on the side of computer case

11 May 2012   #51

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There is a big difference between an OEM_SLP Key (from the likes of Dell) and an OEM_NSLP (System Builder) Key.

The System Builder Key should activate over the internet from the get-go.

Many people don't have a clue which Key is in use on their machine until they come to a reformat/reainstall. or the OEM_SLP self-activation breaks down. Once the COA_SLPKey has been activated once on that machine, it will quite happily re-activate again over the internet, even if the machine has been reinstalled with the proper OEM_SLP and Recovery disks in the meantime.

I'm quite prepared to believe that these things can happen - but since my MS source tells me the normal procedure is for telephone activation, that is the expected route, as far as I'm concerned.

We've been down this discussion before - and there is no point in continuing it wither way. At the end of the day, what matters is that one way or another an OP's computer gets activated with a genuine key and valid license.

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