(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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Installing a version of windows that is from a retail ISO-with an OEM key? [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone could explain to me if a Downloaded ISO that happens to be Windows 7 Home Premium-Retail Edition, can be activated with a Windows 7 Home Premium OEM Key that has never been ...
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HP G430 G2 OEM Issue

I'm having an issue with a HP 430 G2, I switched out the HDDs so the user could quickly get back working on a functional machine. However the windows activation is now deactivated itself as it doesn't ...
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OEM Windows 7 key with downloaded ISO?

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 ISO ...
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Retrieving OEM-SLP key from OEM Recovery DVD

I have a number of HP ProDesk 600 G1. I use Windows Deployment Server (WDS) to deploy a custom image to these machines (effectively removing HP bloatware) and I'm trying to find the OEM-SLP key. I ...
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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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How do I activate windows 8.1? (clean install on a pre-installed laptop) [duplicate]

I used the media creation tool kit to create a windows 8.1 pro boot dvd from Microsoft's website. I booted off of it, wiped my drive and partitions, recreated the partitions, and proceeded with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will formatting HD and installing my own OS invalidate the warranty on laptops?

I want to purchase a brand new Toshiba or Lenovo laptop with the aim of formatting the hard drive, installing Ubuntu Linux OS and using the Windows OS as a Virtualbox virtual machine. Would doing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 8 OEM Reinstalling

I know this question is a repetition but I didn't find any solution of my problem from any of the previous questions. Recently I formatted my Laptop HDD and now I want to re install windows 8 I've a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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OEM Office 2010 without media - how to reinstall?

I have recently purchased a new office desktop PC from Dell with OEM version of Windows 7 Pro and Office 2010 Pro. One of the reasons I always use Dell is that they always supply installation media ...
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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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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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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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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 ...