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Windows 7: OEM product key

24 Oct 2009   #1
ferraridave

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 
OEM product key

Hi,

Can anybody answer this question for me, I've just brought a new Sony Vaio laptop, and it has Win7 Home Premium pre-installed, but also comes pre loaded with loads of crapware.
What I intend to do is use a downloaded iso of the same os, to do a nice clean install with, but, what I want to know is, can I then use the product key that came with the laptop to legally activate it, or do I have to buy another OEM version to get a new product key ?

Thanks' in advance for any help given, Dave.


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24 Oct 2009   #2
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ferraridave View Post
Hi,

Can anybody answer this question for me, I've just brought a new Sony Vaio laptop, and it has Win7 Home Premium pre-installed, but also comes pre loaded with loads of crapware.
What I intend to do is use a downloaded iso of the same os, to do a nice clean install with, but, what I want to know is, can I then use the product key that came with the laptop to legally activate it, or do I have to buy another OEM version to get a new product key ?

Thanks' in advance for any help given, Dave.
Most OEM Computers have a product key listed somewhere on the PC. You can use that to activate the same version of Windows it is for.

Hope that helps.
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24 Oct 2009   #3
Matt140

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64-bit
 
 

Sounds a bit risky, but as DarkNovaGamer said above you should find a product key somewhere (theres a program that can retrieve it somewhere...)
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24 Oct 2009   #4
ferraridave

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Sorry forgot to mention, I have the product key from a sticker on the bottom of the laptop, and, the iso I've d/l is also OEM, cheers guy's.
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24 Oct 2009   #5
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ferraridave View Post
Sorry forgot to mention, I have the product key from a sticker on the bottom of the laptop, and, the iso I've d/l is also OEM, cheers guy's.
Should work without an issue...

Be sure to let us know
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24 Oct 2009   #6
ratePV

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

You cannot use the oem key to activate a retail version
(...if it stayed same as vista,tryed it on a vista home basic-came with a invalid key error and i had to grab the one from the sticker on my laptop)
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24 Oct 2009   #7
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratePV View Post
You cannot use the oem key to activate a retail version
(...if it stayed same as vista,tryed it on a vista home basic-came with a invalid key error and i had to grab the one from the sticker on my laptop)
I've used the Vista Home Premium Product key on my laptop, with a retail install of Vista Home Premium. :S
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24 Oct 2009   #8
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratePV View Post
You cannot use the oem key to activate a retail version
(...if it stayed same as vista,tryed it on a vista home basic-came with a invalid key error and i had to grab the one from the sticker on my laptop)
Incorrect...the OEM key will activate a retail ISO of Vista/7

All of the Windows images are the same...it is the product keys that differ
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24 Oct 2009   #9
ferraridave

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 
Thanks' all

Thanks' all for your quick reply's, well impressed, and of course will post the result as soon as I've tried it, going to do it tommorow morning
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24 Oct 2009   #10
ratePV

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGamer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratePV View Post
You cannot use the oem key to activate a retail version
(...if it stayed same as vista,tryed it on a vista home basic-came with a invalid key error and i had to grab the one from the sticker on my laptop)
I've used the Vista Home Premium Product key on my laptop, with a retail install of Vista Home Premium. :S
Hmmmm, strange...

If that is true than i had two keys for basic and i activated them on the
same computer

But i'm pretty sure that it didn't work (read out from Everest the key from the factory OS-which was different from the one in the sticker) and it didn't work...

EDIT: Yes you can activate your retail with OEM key(which i did) but you cannot activate it with your preloaded key.
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