(Original Equipment Manufacturer) Hardware: The rebranding of equipment and selling it under another name. Software: Software that comes with a piece of hardware (for example a camera) that is supplied by the hardware manufacturer an can usually not be bought separately

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Transferring microsoft OEM, FPP and VLSC license

We had purchased Microsoft licenses like OS, Office, Visual Studio, SQL server etc. from the local reseller. Some of them are OEM, FPP and also some are Open Licenses purchased through Volume ...
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Factory reset on a laptop that has Windows 8.1 OEM and was downgraded to Windows 7

I have a laptop that originally came with Windows 8.1 and then I downgraded it to Windows 7. I need to do a Factory reset on it but want to keep Windows 7.... Should I go through the Recovery ...
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Check partially unreadable CoA Product Key

Two characters are missing on a torn Windows 7 Professional ACER sticker. While I can build a list of matching product keys with combination generator like this one, how could I check its validity? ...
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ZoneAlarm Free offline installation, how to?

I read here that offline installation of ZoneAlarm Free are not available anymore since September 2015. Is there a way to trick the ZoneAlarm Free installer and save a copy of the full offline ...
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Updating to Windows 10 with OEM Windows 7 pro

A technician worked on my HP Probook running Windows 7 pro and installed an OEM OS without telling me. I didn't find out until I tried to upgrade to Windows 10. I have the key for the old license on ...
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Would the Windows 8 Pro OEM Recovery Disc for one Lenovo notebook work on another one?

Recently bought a Lenovo X1 Carbon (1st Gen), which has Windows 8 Pro OEM installed on it. I want to wipe the SSD and put Linux on it, but I'd like to know I can always restore the original Windows 8 ...
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Can I disable this Dell PremierColor feature?

Is it possible to turn these blue boxes off? They pop up whenever I drag a browser window.
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Clean install of Windows 10 OEM: license key issues?

I have been a Linux user after switching from Windows 98 and never looked back. However, a friend asked me to set up their brand-new Lenovo ThinkPad with Windows 10. I was totally startled at how ...
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Will a Windows 10 OEM installation disk differ from a “from Microsoft” install?

So I bought a Windows 10 Home OEM disk for a computer I currently own that is currently running and I'm going to be building two computers using a bunch of old parts for a friend (non-paid). I'm ...
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Restore a Windows 8 OEM on HP Probook 450 G1

I need to recover the OEM Windows 8 OS of an HP Probook 450 G1, after having installed a different instance of Windows 8. My friend's computer had issues running Window 10 so she sent it to a ...
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Clean install Windows 10

I have googled but can't find a definite answer to my question. All the answers are incomplete. I want to clean install Windows 10 using USB. When restarting from USB I want to use advanced and ...
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How do I tell if a Windows 8.1 Product Keys is an OEM key?

My system has been upgraded multiple times. Latest was upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro with media center. I would like to move the license. But I am not sure if I have still have an OEM Licensed ...
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Insalling Windows 10 on a laptop with 32GB space

I'm currently trying to install Windows 10 on my laptop with 32GB eMMC. I tried letting it download the upgrade files, but it will take forever. I'm assuming that my laptop has not enough space, ...
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“Intended for distribution with a new PC” means it is OEM?

Just to get it clear. If i have Office 2013 Home&Business license and on DVD there is label "Intended for distribution with a new PC", than it means i have OEM license, no way Retail terms apply?
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What does “Intended for distribution with a new PC” mean on an OEM Windows 7 Home Premium CD? [duplicate]

I just bought a new gaming PC and it came with a Windows 7 Home Premium CD but it says on the top of the disk “Intended for distribution with a new PC.” Would I be able to use this disk on my other PC ...
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Oem downgrade from 2012 essentials R2 to 2008 standard R2

I just purchased a new Dell PowerEdge T110 and it came with 2012 Essentials. I didn't notice before hand that my software only runs with 2008 or 2012 R2 Standard. I can purchase an unopened Dell 2008 ...
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Windows 10 Activation after clean install OEM

I had a pc with a legal version of Windows 7 Pro installed. As soon as the pop-up for the free upgrade to Windows 10 came I tried to upgrade. However, my pc kept crashing in the process. After 7 ...
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Can you transfer a Windows 10 OEM licence to a VM while not running a Windows host OS?

From the information scattered around the Internet, it seems that running Windows as a host OS and also installing it as a guest OS somewhere using the same key is okay so long you don't use both at ...
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Windows 7 OEM product key isn't working

I have a problem with my Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile v6535 laptop. I got it from dump and the HDD was bad, so i replaced it. At the begining, i was using a non-genuine copy of windows (because the ...
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Where to find an official copy of Microsoft Windows 7 installer? [duplicate]

I could not get a copy from Digital River the official distribution partner of Windows 7, as it seems to have stopped distributing windows 7. Is there an alternative? - I have a product key but my ...
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How to get windows 10 installation

I bough laptop with windows 8.1 pre-installed, and got OEM flash drive with windows 8.1 installation. Now I successfully upgraded to windows 10. But how could I install windows 10 on my laptop even ...
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Get my OEMs key [duplicate]

I had Win8 installed on my samsung laptop. But I removed it and the recovery partition too. In fact I nuked my drive. Is there anyway I can get my key back.
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Windows Server 2008 R2 OEM License

Out of curiosity. What is an OEM Lic key classified as? Is it a separate version of Windows Server 2008 R2 like an OEM version or is it a specific version of Windows Server 2008 R2 like standard? ...
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Upgrading Win 8.1 to win 8.1 enterprise, USB boot

I know that Win 8.1 (Basic Pack) cannot be upgraded to Win 8.1 enterprise directly, by "add features to 8.1". I have the 8.1 enterprise image (ISO) and my very own product key. Here is the problem: ...
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How do I perform an OEM Windows installation?

I'm building a computer for one of my friends, and have purchased a Windows System Builder License. After running Windows Update and installing missing drivers and a few other necessary applications, ...
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Customize OEM Windows 7

Scenario: Using OEM Recovery Discs from HP, I do a fresh install of windows 7. Windows 7 gets activated by the BIOS in these HP machines. If I clone the images from the base machine. Would windows ...
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Key from OEM partition to be used on HDD

Maybe the title is not that good, but I did not know how to describe my problem in a few words. On my laptop, beside the HDD, I have an 24gb SSHD which is an OEM partition with Windows 8 Pro and I ...
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Can anybody do any harm to my computer by using its product ID- OEM? [duplicate]

I posted a thread in a website, while communicating I was asked about the system detail, and posted the snap of full information there publicly. Where my laptop's product key was visible. For dont ...
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activate windows 8.1 using windows 8 oem key [duplicate]

I have a dell laptop that came with windows 8 (OEM) I upgraded to 8.1 and yesterday I had to reinstall the windows so I created a windows 8.1 usb using an iso from the internet (windows 8.1 pro 64 ...
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Which files within a win 7 cd report info about exact license type

As described in title I'm looking for a way to know which type of license come with a Win7 (Pro SP1) CD: Retail, OEM and so on... But I'm interested in understanding which files contained in ...
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Where to Get Windows 7 64 Pro OEM [duplicate]

I have Problems with my Lenovo notebook, and I want to reinstall windows 7 64 bit Pro. I downloaded the Iso but was not able to activate via the OEM key under my battery. since digitalriver is down, ...
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Which partition looks least important? I need a spare partition for Ubuntu

I have been wanting to install Ubuntu for a while, but, I've ran into the "too many partitions" problem, but I am not sure which to make into extended ones, and which not to. Sorry for low quality ...
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How to install Windows 7 back on my PC?

I got this HP Pavilion 4 years ago, it came Windows 7 pre-installed (it was Home Premium I guess). Its hard drive stopped working, I dumped it and I bought a new PC. The new PC came with no OS ...
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Find Serial Number of Gateway Without Case

Our Gateway PC crashed, and necessitated a re-install of Windows 7. We did not have an OEM version of Windows 7 lying around, so I grabbed an old (genuine) copy, and installed that. Evidently, the ...
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Is Windows 8+ Reset the same as performing a clean install from a MSFT .iso or an OEM .iso?

Windows 8 and newer versions have a "Windows Reset" feature that reinstalls windows. The question is, does it perform the same kind of clean install that you would achieve with a MSFT .iso, or does it ...
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Windows 8.1 Professional DVD only installs Windows 8.1 Standard

I've just bought a genuine Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit Full Version DVD with COA and Key I'm installing the software on a blank formatted hard drive, but when it's finished its only installed ...
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Do I need to need to deactivate Windows before re-installing [duplicate]

If I would like to reinstall Windows 7 on the same laptop as 64-bit instead of 32-bitusing the original key, would I need to deactivate Windows first using the process shown here or could I just ...
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How do OEMs install thousands of windows'ses on the machines they sell?

Imagine I was an OEM and I was selling thousands of PCs every day, everyone of them comes preinstalled with windows. I see how custom Windows-CDs will help me (installing drivers, software, using a ...
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OEM partition of 465 GB in a 1TB disk, too big - how to resize it?

I just bought a new computer and I installed a windows 8 and I would to install a Windows Server 2012 in another partition in my PC, but there is this OEM partition that is occupying half of the ...
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Why shouldn't you update to the latest drivers on your OEM computer?

I am in a bit of a debate with someone concerning the updating of OEM drivers. Let's say you buy an Acer notebook which comes with pre-installed graphics drivers. One would argue that it's better to ...
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refurbishing computers - windows licensing [closed]

I thought about refurbishing a couple of computers with Windows 7 or 8. Which license/version would I need to get to be "legal"? Where would I get it? Thanks edit: I mustn't have made myself clear. I ...
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Installing XP Pro without disc on Dell Latitude D610?

I have a Dell Latitude D610 from my company that they gave me with XP Pro installed on it. I have an OEM key from Dell on a sticker on the computer. I'd like to get a fresh install of XP Pro in it for ...
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What is a bare or OEM hard drive?

I am looking for a new internal hard drive for laptop and found the terms like Bare drive and OEM drive. I searched the net and found that bare drives don’t come with cables and manuals. But I am ...
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Can't boot from an OEM recovery partition, error mentions dynamic disk

I have a Sony Vaio laptop VGN FS515 H. I try to start the Recovery partition Tools by typing F10 during POST. The problem is that the recovery partition (OEM) won't boot and an error message says ...
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How to clean (re)install of Windows 8 OEM to a new SSD?

I know this was asked many times, however I have not found an exact answer or method suitable for Asus. (closest question, but no clear answer: Clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 from OEM key) I ...
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Hp 4530s 32-bit to 64-bit

I have a Hp 4530s. It came with a 32-bit oem key Windows 7. I know my computer is compatible with 64-bit, if I use the Iso from microsoft to install a 64-bit version. Will my oem key work?
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How to use Windows8 OEM product key to activate Windows 8.1

Recently I downgraded my Windows 8 Core Single Language Edition OEM PC to Windows 7 and now I need to upgrade my PC to 8.1 I've my Windows 8 Core Single Language Edition product key. I didn't ...
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Office 2010 muti region OEM?

Buying a laptop from Germany, we use OEM licensing from the US (all above board, just the OEM loophole) Are OEM licenses multi-region or will we have to buy a specific office product for use in ...
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OEM Windows 7 key with downloaded ISO?

So i'm going to reinstall my Windows 7 but when i bought this PC it came with Windows 7 preinstalled and the product key is on a sticker on the PC's case. I have downloaded a Windows 7 Home Premium ...
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What is going to happen if I activate oem windows on two computers?

What if I activate oem os with a key on a computer and after do the same on another? What will be displayed on the firts computer, which one will be blocked?