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Windows 7: Windows 7 Replacement CD

27 Nov 2011   #11

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The product key did work since I had bought a windows 7 cd from microsoft and did a clean install with it. My laptop initially came with vista installed on it.

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27 Nov 2011   #12

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Please explain why the key won't work if/when a COA sticker exists with Win7 Product Key?

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Runckle_SP1 View Post
When using a licence from a company like Dell, HP, Samsung etc. The key will not work with just any copy of windows 7 as we have found. OEM keys are specific to a company and their software does not work just anywhere.

YES, Really.
As we are talking Dell in this thread.
The COA sticker key will work on a Dell only, the factory OEM-SLP activation method Product Key will only work with a Dell Recovery disk.
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27 Nov 2011   #13


These are two different methods of activating factory-preinstalled Windows: OEM-SLP is a file added to Recovery Disks which interacts with the BIOS to auto-activate upon reinstall. This is also known as Offline activation.

But if you use the Product Key on COA sticker, it changes to OEM-COA method of activation which is managed by MS Activation Servers, will normally activate online or manually, seldom requiring phone activation option.

You may use a retail Win7 installer for your version to reinstall and it will activate with the Product Key as OEM-COA above. This has been the case since Vista. When you own pre-installed Win7 you still own the OS for the life of the machine even if the manufacturer goes out of business.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Incognito1 View Post
The product key did work since I had bought a windows 7 cd from microsoft and did a clean install with it. My laptop initially came with vista installed on it.
Well, yes....if you use a Vista key on Win7 it will not work.
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