(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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Windows 7 OEM disk missing i386 directory - DriverPacks BASE

I'm trying to use DriverPacks BASE 10.06 to slipstream my Windows 7 Ultimate OEM cd, but when I use the standard "disk" option, it says I need to locate a valid source, the i386 folder. Apparently, ...
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Windows OEM Licencing - Are “No OS” Computers OK?

I'm planning to buy a new PC, and I'm considering a PC with no shipped OS because I'm undecided if I'll install Windows 7 or Linux - I'm not paying the Microsoft Tax unless I have to. As far as I ...
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What are inexpensive options for repairing unbootable Windows Vista after losing disk?

My desktop computer running Windows Vista has stopped booting. Even in safe mode, it loads a bunch of drivers, then reboots. I would assume the OEM Vista disk would be able to repair this, but I ...
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Possible to add “conflicting” Drivers to Windows 7 Installer?

Is it possible (and smart) to include all bunch of diffrent drivers to a Windows 7 installer so Windows could theoretically install all needed drivers during the Windows installation? Meaning can I ...
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Reinstall Samsung OEM Windows 8, No Recovery Partiton or Disk

I have a recently purchased samsung NP540U3C that came with Windows 8 pre-installed. Windows stopped working and the recovery partition doesnt work anymore. I used RWeverything to find the Windows ...
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Do Windows Installation ISOs only work with certain Keys [duplicate]

If I have a retail license key for Windows XP/Vista/7/8 will it work with a OEM ISO based disk or vice versa? Or are all Windows versions the same?
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Data partition is now OEM after factory reinstall

My laptop is a Dell inspiron with Windows 8. HDD is 1 TB, with 3 OEM partitions, + the C:. I split it into C: and D:. Fine. After a reinstall of Windows 8, using Dell recovery tool, I can't see the ...
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Install Windows 8 on Windows 7 OEM laptop

I have got a SAMSUNG laptop contains Windows 7 OEM. I have got Windows 8 DVD and would like to know if I can do fresh/clean install of Windows 8 on my laptop ? That way Windows 7 will be completely ...
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Bought Windows 8 OEM, how to reinstall fresh? [closed]

With Windows 7 my PC had a product key on the back. I was able to go to DigitalRiver and download the ISO. My PC did not have a product key listed but I was able to use BelArc to get it. I tried ...
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Installing Windows 8 from DVD (or USB) - Toshiba

I would like to do a clean install of Windows 8. I do not want to use the OEM stuff or do a Windows recovery. I have burned the ISO to a USB drive and when I boot, hit f12, and select USB I get ...
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Cant Install Windows 8 OEM

I have a Dell 23" Windows 8 touch Inspiron computer. It came pre-loaded with Windows 8 but not activated. I have a OEM product Key and Disc and Genuine sticker label. When I try to enter the key into ...
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Do Office 2013 OEMs allow for x64 installations?

Basically what the title says. At my company we order new computers with MS Office OEM pre-installations. As far as I know, there is no option during the installation to select the x64 version of any ...
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Customizing Microsoft Office 2013 OEM Preinstallation

I am trying to preinstall OEM Microsoft Office 2013 Professional on an embedded Win7 image. This is the type of Office where the user can try it for roughly one week and then must purchase a license ...
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Clean install Windows 8 on OEM windows 8 laptop [duplicate]

Long story short, my Ubuntu partition and my Windows 8 partition had a fight, and they both lost. I have a computer booting nothing at the moment. So I'm trying to figure out how to get a ...
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How to troubleshoot laggy Lenovo L520?

I have an 18-month old Lenovo L520 (model 7859). It is extremely laggy in Windows 7, sometimes lagging up to 10 seconds before responding to a click or keystroke. (There are times when it will go ...
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How to boot from a CD on an Aptio BIOS?

I have a laptop with an Aptio BIOS and OEM Windows 8. My hard disk drive is defect, but the warranty has expired. So I bought a new hard disk drive, built it in and now I'm trying to install ...
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How to restore deleted OEM partition that is “still there”?

I made the mistake of deleting Windows 8 OEM Recovery partition instead of just making it inactive. I used diskpart: select partition n delete partition Now I see the unassigned space in the Disk ...
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Windows (ALL) OEM activation

Looking for solid confirmation on how Windows(XP,Vista,7,8) OEM can be reinstalled/activated Windows XP (Home/Professional) OEM(SLP) (Dell, HP etc.) Using GRTMHOEM_EN.iso (Generic Home OEM) ...
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Reinstalling Windows Xp Professional OEM

My aunt called me in to repair her desktop and laptop computers. (Level up! You become: The Family's Private IT.) The desktop wasn't much; just many, many junk pieces of software that her daughter ...
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Reinstall Windows 8 on a Windows 8 based system with embedded key

I'm a computer technician and we started selling few Windows 8 machine. We saw the new COA label does not show the key and after reading a little bit online, realized those systems came with the key ...
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Buying a Windows 7 product key

I have installed Windows 7 more times than I can count. Most of the time I have either had an OEM disk or downloaded from digitalriver and had a product key laying around or on the back of the PC I ...
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Installing Windows 8 to another computer with an OEM product Key

Questions come up after reading the article about the new method Microsoft uses to License windows 8 computers. Let say I bought a Brand new laptop with windows 8 preloaded. Not like the old way, ...
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Reinstalling a fresh Windows 8 on my new laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing a different edition of Windows 8 on an OEM system OK I have a new Dell (Inspiron 15R 5520) laptop that came with Windows 8 pre-installed. I'm really not a ...
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windows 7 created an OEM partition on a 160Gb partition [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On Windows (and PC), which Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable one? I installed windows 7 and it created an OEM partition on a 160Gb partition which formally ...
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Is it possible to upgrade from Windows 8 OEM to Windows 8 Pro? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing a different edition of Windows 8 on an OEM system I've just built a new computer and purchased the OEM (System Builder) version of Windows 8 (64-bit). I ...
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2 xOEM install on same computer

I'm trying to install a second copy of Windows on another hard disk, so that I have two different ones to choose from. I want to use one for my audio recording software only. I have activated the ...
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Can I change just my motherboard with windows 7 oem and the os still work?

ASUS P8H77-V LE is the motherboard model I have. When I built my computer I hadn't realized that the mother board supports crossfire but not SLI and I put a GTX 560Ti in it. I didn't learn that I ...
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Buying Windows 8 OEM

A local internet store sells Windows 8 OEM for around 90 Euros. Can someone tell me what OEM Windows means? Can I install it on my own PC (built by myself)? Any differences with an off the shelf ...
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No COA provided with OEM version of Windows 7 that I purchased. What to do?

I bought a sealed copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to install on a computer I am building. When I opened the package there was no Certificate of Authenticity (COA) or activation code. Is this ...
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Does upgrading a Windows 7 OEM licence to Windows 8 remove the OEM restrictions?

I have Windows 7 OEM version installed on my PC at the moment and I want to upgrade my motherboard, CPU and graphics card, but I've been told that an OEM version of Windows will not boot if I change ...
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Configuring Windows Boot Manager w/ GRUB2 and Clonezilla

One of my work tasks is to configure the computers that ship in our products with Windows OS images (Embedded and OEM) with a restore partition. I have been using Clonezilla Live with GRUB2 to ...
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What OEM Windows 8 licenses exist, and how do I tell which one is installed on my laptop? [closed]

I plan to purchase a new Lenovo laptop that comes preinstalled with Windows 8 (the exact product statement is Windows 8 64). As far as I understand, that's an OEM version. The problem is that I need ...
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Skipping serial prompt installing custom unattended Windows Seven DVD and getting OEM key instead

I'm currently doing my first custom unattended Windows Seven DVD creation. I used WAIK with a retail Windows Seven DVD and created a "AutoUnattend.xml" file thanks to WSIM. Aiming to have a ...
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OEM Product Key from Product ID?

I re-installed my Windows 7 installation and I am being asked for the Product Key. But alas, stupid me, I had jotted down the Product ID and not the actual Product Key. Unfortunately, I lost the ...
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Can I use a Retail DVD media with an OEM key to install Windows Vista?

I got a Fujitsu computer with OEM license key and Windows Vista. I would like to reinstall Windows on it. But I didn't get any Windows media with it. However, I do poses more than just one DVD ...
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Does OEM partition stores Windows 7 serial key ?

Does OEM partition stores the serial key which is grabbed by the Win 7 setup done from the disk provided with laptop. I realized that when you install clean system from Windows 7 disk you get with ...
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How to remove the windows 7 bootloader from my OEM partition?

I have a laptop with an OEM partition containing the files for a recovery of Windows XP. In the past I've used this OEM partition by setting it active and let the computer boot it. It would ...
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What does “EULAID:WX.2_PRO_OEM_EN” mean in the EULA?

Simply put, can anyone tell me what the following line precisely means? EULAID:WX.2_PRO_OEM_EN It's from my Windows XP Installation CD. I googled EULA IDs and I found quite a few other types, but ...
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Can I use the same OEM windows 7 key on two computers in my house

Will I be able to, and what is the worst that can happen to my laptop with the original OEM key. Will Microsoft invalid my key on both computers or not. And my brother did this for the other computer ...
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Windows 7 OEM reinstallation disk on a larger drive does not complete. Is there a work-around? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Window's can't be configured after a system restore The 320gb hard disk of my Sony Vaio crashed, and I asked Sony reinstallation disk, while buying a new Western ...
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How to Virtualize an OEM windows install. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses? I've bought a new ...
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Imaging Dell OEM Windows 7 install onto other Dell laptops purchased

We have ordered 70 dell laptops directly from dell. We are wondering if we can take the existing OEM install of windows on one of the laptops, add some files and then deploy that image to the rest of ...
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OEM software / Windows Server advice

I need to set up a laptop as a server and I understand that I need a Windows Server OS to enable more than one simultaneous VPN connection. Correct? If so, would Windows Small Business Server do the ...
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview OEM Drivers

I recently bought an Acer Z5771 and I was wondering what sort of support I should be expecting in terms of drivers compatible with Windows 8 CP? As the computer is multitouch I was hoping to test out ...
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Keeping OEM software after reinstalling OS (Toshiba NB550D)

OK, this is a problem I've had a couple of times over the years with laptops (But made worse by current trend of not giving CD's with computer, and instead have hard drive partitions with just a ...
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Convert OEM Windows XP box to virtual machine?

I know I can technically convert an existing Windows XP box to a virtual machine. (e.g. VMWare converter). What I do not quite understand is whether I can then actuall use this image/guest. The ...
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Transfer Windows 7 64-bit system builder to VirtualBox instance on same machine

Let's suppose I purchase a Windows 7 64-bit system builder license for a particular machine. Sometime next year (or the year after that) when Windows 8 comes out, I'd like to install it on the same ...
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Where can I download Windows Vista?

I have a dying HDD in a 5 year old ACER laptop running Vista 32 bit, but I do not have the OEM CD to do a fresh install. ACER laptops comes with the bootable partition in the HDD, but it is useless ...
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Can I install Windows 7 Professional (x64 using OEM disc) on a Dell laptop which currently has Vista (x32) OEM?

I am planning on moving to Windows 7. The machine currently have Vista Ultimate (x32) OEM running on it. I have already run the Upgrade Advisor and the machine meets the system requirements for a 64 ...
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What is a preactivated version of Windows 7 (Ultimate)?

I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium installed. And I'm considering an online upgrade purchase of Windows 7 Ultimate. The site's description of the product reads: "Microsoft ...