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Can I activate a clean install of Windows 7 OEM from a "generic Win7 OEM Disc" with my HP Win7 license key?

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  • Hello all,

    I recently purchased a new computer from HP, which has Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit) installed. As is common practice now, the computer does not come with a Windows installation disc, but instead has a recovery partition which can be used to restore the PC to its original state if needed.

    However, the computer has come loaded with various additional software that I do not want (what some may call "bloatware") and I would like to run a 'clean install' of Windows which would wipe the hard drive and leave me with a fresh, untouched copy of Windows. Of course, I can not do this without an OEM disc.

    I acquired a "Windows 7 Home Premium RTM X64 OEM English DVD" disc from a friend, can I use this to make an clean install of Win7 and activate it with the license key from the sticker on the side of my PC? What are the risks and legal issues of doing this?

    Sunday, August 22, 2010 5:33 PM

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  • Hello galvatron999,

    It is completely legal to install it and it will work. As of Windows Vista, OEM and Retail media accept each other's types of product keys, so it should work and is completely legal and does not violate the terms of the Microsoft Windows 7 End-User License Agreement, however it may void the warranty of your software from HP. Use the product key on the COA, not the SLP key installed into the computer unless you have the SLP certificate.

    • Proposed as answer by motherboardlove Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:58 PM
    • Marked as answer by Galvatron999 Saturday, August 28, 2010 4:41 PM
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:58 PM

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  • Yes you may use the the OEM disc, you will be phoning in to activate the software but once on the line tell them you did a wipe and load and

    they will ask for the ID code on the screen and give a one time key code to install, you have a LICENSE for activate the software OEM software

    MS does not really care WHERE the media comes from, they only care you have to use the OS.

    I do this ALL the time, in just last monday we did 6 new HP's ..wipe out the HP 64 bit trashware and installed from 32 bit OEM disc, it took MAYBE 20 mins total on the line with MS (did 2 at atime)

     

    • Proposed as answer by ᅠᅠBanned Sunday, August 22, 2010 8:40 PM
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 6:45 PM
  • Hello galvatron999,

    It is completely legal to install it and it will work. As of Windows Vista, OEM and Retail media accept each other's types of product keys, so it should work and is completely legal and does not violate the terms of the Microsoft Windows 7 End-User License Agreement, however it may void the warranty of your software from HP. Use the product key on the COA, not the SLP key installed into the computer unless you have the SLP certificate.

    • Proposed as answer by motherboardlove Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:58 PM
    • Marked as answer by Galvatron999 Saturday, August 28, 2010 4:41 PM
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:58 PM
  • grits, most "home users" could never tell you what version of the OS they run, much less where any recovery disc are.

    MS understands this, this is why the key is attached to the case of a PC now, no more looking for the key on a small 4 in by 4 in piece of paper stuck on a book, or on a 3.5 floppy label.

    When they haul that AOL infected PC down to the local shop to get a new harddrive to store all those fun videos (virus infected files) they have downloaded
    90 % of those store techs is going to use a genetic OEM  7 64 BIT disc to do the install.
     
    you can pick them up all day for 100.00 and use the key on the PC / laptop.
    LEGAL for system builders (i.e. computer shop) to use, nothing to get around, when we call in we state the facts and we get a new one time code.

    Simple, no fuss, MS does not make things hard if you follow the rules.

    • Proposed as answer by ᅠᅠBanned Sunday, August 22, 2010 8:39 PM
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 8:13 PM
  • grits, most "home users" could never tell you what version of the OS they run, much less where any recovery disc are.

    MS understands this, this is why the key is attached to the case of a PC now, no more looking for the key on a small 4 in by 4 in piece of paper stuck on a book, or on a 3.5 floppy label.

    When they haul that AOL infected PC down to the local shop to get a new harddrive to store all those fun videos (virus infected files) they have downloaded
    90 % of those store techs is going to use a genetic OEM  7 64 BIT disc to do the install.
     
    you can pick them up all day for 100.00 and use the key on the PC / laptop.
    LEGAL for system builders (i.e. computer shop) to use, nothing to get around, when we call in we state the facts and we get a new one time code.

    Simple, no fuss, MS does not make things hard if you follow the rules.


    Actually the OEM System Builder License is not a legal license in this situation because the OEM System Builder License is to be sold to someone else. It is intended to small and medium sized companies that build computers to re-sell.
    • Edited by motherboardlove Sunday, August 22, 2010 10:27 PM typing mistake
    • Proposed as answer by ᅠᅠBanned Monday, August 23, 2010 12:14 PM
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 10:03 PM
  • Well earlier we were talking about the OEM COA, on the COA attached to the computer. He is suggesting that you buy an OEM System Builder License to get a Microsoft "original" DVD. I was just pointing out that the OEM System Builder License is not legal here, but the OEM COA one is.
    Monday, August 23, 2010 6:20 PM
  • Not sure what you folks are reading but the link has nothing to do with the post here, not the same thing.
    As I said same version OEM for OEM, it does not matter that one is "branded" and one is not.

    And as the OEM media is just used to install and is not SOLD there is no problem with this method.

    • Proposed as answer by ᅠᅠBanned Friday, August 27, 2010 8:10 PM
    Monday, August 23, 2010 10:50 PM
  • Friday, August 27, 2010 8:26 PM
  • Thanks for all the replies guys, some interesting info here. I'm going to re-install Win7 tomorrow, it's good to know there will be no problems.

    I actually ended up making a legal Windows 7 installation disk by following the instructions on this page - http://forum.notebookreview.com/windows-os-software/428068-legal-windows-7-download-links-just-like-vista-before.html - and downloading Windows 7 x64 directly from Digital River (Microsoft distributor), then removing ei.cfg from the setup files (which allows all versions to be installed) and creating a bootable ISO with OSCDIMG. This installation disc should accept OEM keys now.

    I also found this useful tool - Activation Backup & Restore (ABR) - http://directedge.us/content/abr-beta-with-windows-7-support - which can backup and then restore the activation after clean-installing Windows, which means I will not have to phone Microsoft to activate. I will report back if this works.

    • Marked as answer by Galvatron999 Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:10 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Galvatron999 Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:10 PM
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:09 PM