Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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       #210

    gregrocker said:
    What is the exact difference between that and SAS?
    I like this scanner and I shall reply by PM so as to not take up the OP's thread.
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       #211

    This is the perfect place to mention it, John, as I am the OP.

    IŽll try it as soon as I get back to the states. Thanks!

    P.S.- I tried to to reply to your PM but you are not receiving them. Did you know this?
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       #212

    gregrocker said:
    This is the perfect place to mention it, John, as I am the OP.

    IŽll try it as soon as I get back to the states. Thanks!

    P.S.- I tried to to reply to your PM but you are not receiving them. Did you know this?
    No probs hoping you are having a great time - if on vacation of course LOL!!
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       #213

    Just a quick question. not sure if it has been asked before, however i went to do a reinstall the other day on a laptop of a colleagues and the Windows 7 product key was compeletely unreadable. Is there any way of finding out what the product key was?
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       #214

    Not unless it's already been Clean Reinstalled at least once. Otherwise to audit the key will yield a Product ID with "OEM" in its string, which means the accompanying Product Key cannot be used because it is the factory mass activation key.

    Some users have reported luck reinstalling then if they cannot piece together the key, calling MS Phone Activation line to ask for help. Sometimes they can use the Product ID to determine authenticity and issue a new key.

    There is also a method on the web to back up factory SLP activation file to reinstall it afterwards, but it is not supported here by decision of the Admins so we cannot discuss it further.
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       #215

    Greg if that first install had not been touched before (is still the original install) could the activation code be recovered with Speccy or the SIW app??
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       #216

    No, I thought I explained it John but apparently came up short so will try again:

    The key which shows up on the Factory OEM install when audited is an SLP factory mass activation key which cannot be used to Clean Reinstall.

    The COA sticker is required so that users have the choice of how they want their OS property installed, and can leave the confines of the OEM to activate directly under the protection of MS servers without any further interference by the OEM.

    But requires having a readable Product Key on the COA sticker. The other choices are to run Factory Recovery from its partition, Recov media which should have been made at setup or can be ordered from the OEM Tech Support. But as I said we do get reports that users were able to talk MS Phone Activation into providing a new key if the agent is satisfied enough information such as the Product ID checks out.
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       #217

    gregrocker said:
    No, I thought I explained it John but apparently came up short so will try again:

    The key which shows up on the Factory OEM install when audited is an SLP factory mass activation key which cannot be used to Clean Reinstall.

    The COA sticker is required so that users have the choice of how they want their OS property installed, and can leave the confines of the OEM to activate directly under the protection of MS servers without any further interference by the OEM.

    But requires having a readable Product Key on the COA sticker. The other choices are to run Factory Recovery from its partition, Recov media which should have been made at setup or can be ordered from the OEM Tech Support. But as I said we do get reports that users were able to talk MS Phone Activation into providing a new key if the agent is satisfied enough information such as the Product ID checks out.
    Ok sorry Greg I misunderstood that first bit re the mass factory stuff Plus I just realized too that the snip I sent was actually the very first install (factory) code I pulled up as that Pro was changed to a Home 7 then an 8 upgrade again

    I'll go to the corner and stay there now with the pointy cap on
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       #218

    No problem, John. It's hard to explain and baffles many.
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       #219

    gregrocker said:
    No problem, John. It's hard to explain and baffles many.
    LOL if it is of any worth it isn't that hard to baffle this old head of mine
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