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I want to reinstall Windows 7 on my Sony Vaio laptop using a generic OEM Windows 7 disk to avoid Sony's crapware because they're a pain to remove.

However, I've heard mixed results regarding the use of COA product keys on Windows 7 disks not bundled with the computer.

Thanks in advance

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We are talking about the COA sticker – jtl999 Mar 11 '12 at 4:27
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You can use the COA to install using an OEM disc, yes.

Bear in mind that for VAIO notebooks, you'll need to follow the Install Order on Sony's support site if you want basically anything on the notebook to work properly (wireless and webcam are the major problems).

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Yes I know. Will test tommorow. – jtl999 Mar 11 '12 at 4:56

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