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#1 Owen224.v2

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

OEM is only supposed to be tied to one computer, right? If I buy a new HDD will it render the OS useless and I'll have to buy a new copy?


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

The machine should come with the key on a sticker on the computer, providing you are using that licensed version on that computer using that key its fine.

However its getting the operating system installed on your new hard drive that may be the problem, as generally OEM software does not come with the disk.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

OEM also comes with recovery disks or recovery partitions if you call Microsoft with the problem and give them the key on the computer (thats imprinted by microsoft) they will make a ordinary key for you
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

The alternative is to download an iso image of the OS that was installed on your computer. Then use the MS dvdiso tool and either burn that image to disk or if your computer can boot from USB then choose the USB drive option.

Install as normal using the key on your OEM sticker. Activate once windows is installed. You may find it will prompt you to use the automated phone option.

The downside to this is you will only get windows, you wont get any additional software provided by the OEM manufacturer. Unless you can make the hidden partition active and visiable on your old drive and copy that partition over to the new drive, then adjust the boot config file......ahh forget it...use the above method it's simpler lol

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

In other words download a copy of windows, use the key on your machine, simples lol

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:44 AM

Yup just what Felix said will do it LOL

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:14 PM

Has to be the same version that the key relates to or it will fail, IE Windows 7 Home Premium etc

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:30 PM

Yup you are right it does need to be the Same Version that the Key Releates too.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

Just a thought, is your current drive still working ok?

If so, you should have software preinstalled to create installation/recovery media...and should be able to then install onto your new drive in the same machine ok, thus keeping all of their packaged software etc

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:17 PM

There is also tools to show the key you are to use. but i will not talk about this until i know for sure its safe to link tools of theese to show the OEM tool for later installs.
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