Fixing a laptop for a friend, acer aspire 5349, booting into safe mode failed...BSOD
Googled and toms hardware replies seem to suggest bad RAM. Oddly though I managed to boot into Linuxmint and connect to a Windows share to backup files/photos.
I performed a eRecovery (a few times) and it gets about 10% and fails. I am not entirely convinced it's bad RAM so much as corrupt windows recovery and main install.
I am running the computer through a few iterations of memtest86...so far no errors
If the recovery partition is fubar'ed...and so is the main install...can I use a copy of Windows 7 do a full install and use her license key or are OEM keys bound to specific Windows copies/hardware? I know I can't use her licence to install windows 7 on my desktop but what about the reverse???
Recovery-disk.com sounds sketchy and I am curious as to why anyone would ever buy that -- how can I restore this laptop???