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Im replacing my Dell Laptop Hard Drive, can i use the existing OEM code on new Hard Disk? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Im replacing my Dell Laptop Hard Drive due to disk errors, it already has Windows 7 Home Premium installed. If i replace the existing Hard Disk with new one, can i use the same OEM code on new Hard Disk?
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:29 AM

Answers

  • Hi Mahesh,

    From your post, I know that you had to replace the hard drive in your laptop and would like to know whether we still can use the OEM code.

    First, please be aware that OEM product key cannot activate non-OEM Windows system. At this point, If you want to use your OEM key, please reinstall the Windows 7 on your new hard drive by using the Recovery disc from Dell.

    Note A recovery disc is a general term for media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a favored condition of a computer as configured by an original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is commonly shipped with most computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped.

    Hope this could be helpful and keep post.


    Best Regards, StarSprite

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013 6:01 AM

All replies

  • On a Dell laptop, you can use the Recovery DVD that came with it. Usually, installation via this media doesn't require a product code as it will automatically activate the product. However, if it doesn't activate you may use the OEM code, which can be found on the OS Label, under the laptop.

    Sometimes recovery DVD is not provided with laptop, but you can create the Recovery Media via the Dell Recovery Utility.

    Nevertheless, you must install the OS using the Dell DVD/Recovery media if you want to use the OEM license.




    • Edited by ShEiQh Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:20 PM
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:17 PM
  • Hi Mahesh,

    From your post, I know that you had to replace the hard drive in your laptop and would like to know whether we still can use the OEM code.

    First, please be aware that OEM product key cannot activate non-OEM Windows system. At this point, If you want to use your OEM key, please reinstall the Windows 7 on your new hard drive by using the Recovery disc from Dell.

    Note A recovery disc is a general term for media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a favored condition of a computer as configured by an original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is commonly shipped with most computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped.

    Hope this could be helpful and keep post.


    Best Regards, StarSprite

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013 6:01 AM
  • Yes you can. Normally, if the processor and motherboard (both, same time) are replaced, it's considered as a new PC as per Microsoft licensing terms and in that case, you can contact Microsoft and request for license transfer, if you have a retail license. And, you need to purchase a new Windows license if you have OEM license and that holds the same if you are replacing the existing OEM motherboard with a third party motherboard.

    Except processor and motherboard, all other parts are not covered by this restriction. Here, the issue is with hard drive and hence, you can use the existing OEM product key for installing the same version and edition of Windows. Usually, Dell provides recovery media or Windows installation media. Using either of them, you can reinstall/restore Windows. If none of the media is available, you can contact Dell and request for a media. If the laptop is in warranty, they'll provide the media free of cost.


    Balaji Kundalam

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:12 PM