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Windows 7: W7 Hm Prem OEM 1X only install?

04 Aug 2014   #11


SOLVED! Thank you NoelDP. When you said " you have installed using retail media (from a download) but using the OEM_SLP Key from a manufacturer's Recovery disk", that clued me in that that code might be for the manufacturer, not the retail buyer. Then it would make sense why Microsoft had told me that that code could only install the OS one time.

I got that product key via a software program years ago. Sorry, but I don't remember which one it was. It gave me the manufacturer's code, and I didn't know it.

I "tore down my computer", took it out to where the light was good, looked on all sides and the bottom, and found another product key, the one for the retail buyer, which was me.

For the record, Gateway made it perfectly clear that they didn't want to hear from any of their WalMart customers. They did not put their logo or name anywhere on my machine, and only wrote it once — hidden away and in small print — in the last few pages of the user's manual.

Thank you to all who tried to help. Maybe it will save someone else from having a frustrating day like I had.

Forgot to say I'm validated and back to a blue desktop!

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04 Aug 2014   #12

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LOL. Plenty of posts earlier saying you need the key from the COA, i.e the sticker on your machine.
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