(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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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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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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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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Windows 8 .iso OEM key [duplicate]

I have a Packard Bell laptop which came with Windows 8 preinstalled, I stupidly thought I would be able to do a fresh install of windows 8 with the product key so I wiped the drive. Now I know I need ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Re-installing windows 8 after removal

2 yrs ago, I bought an HP laptop which came with a genuine win8 copy. After a year, I removed it and installed ubuntu. Now, after another yr, I feel like moving back to windows. Unfortunately, I do ...
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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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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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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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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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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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OEM SSD not recognized by Samsung Magician

My computer has a SM841 SSD (the OEM variant of the 840 Pro) not to be confused with the TLC PM841. Unfortunately, the Samsing Magician software doesn't recognize my drive, and will not let me enable ...
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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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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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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 8-7 downgrade, reinstallation and gpt partitions

I recently purchased 2 Acer Travelmate B113 11" laptops for use by our SMT guys when going abroad but have run into some problems. They came with Windows 8 pro downgraded to Windows 7, preinstalled ...
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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?
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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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Can't install Ubuntu due to “unusable space” - what should I do?

I have the following partitions: When trying to install Ubuntu, it failed to read any of them and said "unusable space". The same from Kubuntu, Arch Linux and OpenSUSE. I tried to reinstall ...
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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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Can I move the OEM windows 8 licence I got with my laptop inside a VM on the same computer? [duplicate]

Until now, I was using linux inside VirtualBox, now I prefer to have the linux as the host OS and windows as the guest. The only question is: can I activate the copy of window I got with my laptop ...
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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 ...
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Confusion on the Windows 7 activation process

I purchased a laptop couple of years back with Windows 7 Home Professional 64 bit pre-installed on it (OEM). Few days back I had to format my entire hard drive and reinstall windows. I followed this ...
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Custom PC driver installation [closed]

So I'm getting into selling custom computers running Windows 8.1. I want to have necessary drivers installed before the user boots into Windows for first setup (so after everything is installed and ...
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Reinstall Windows 7: OEM or Standard?

A friend has asked me to repair his Toshiba laptop after a virus crashed it. I've managed to do a clean re-install using the built in recovery partition, but the newly installed Windows is running ...
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Moving the Windows 7 Pro OEM image to computer with the same hardware

We bought 8 clean computers (even without HDD) with the same hardware and bought eight Windows 7 Pro OEM disks. Now I prepare one Win7 installation without activation but with all required programs, ...
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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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How often can I re-use Windows 7 Professional OEM

I currently am setting up a computer for a relative. I want to re-use his old computer if possible, but I am not sure how well it will perform with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. I plan to buy Windows ...
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Legality of using a burned CD with a legal CD-Key? [closed]

I have a friend that keeps a collection of burned Windows CD's; 2000, XP, Vista which he uses to repair peoples computers with. Now he justifies this by saying he uses the CD-Key on their OEM sticker ...
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Remotely discover if Windows is OEM or Volume license

Previous tech did not document installs and now we are left with the question: Which machines have OEM or Volume license on them? Many of the machines have OEM keys available but were installed ...
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Will a win 8 OEM on a win 7 OEM

When I bought my hardware it was shipped with Windows 7 Professional. After a while I got an offer to upgrade and purchase a Windows 8 OEM license. Now comes the question, is it possible to use this ...
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Keep OEM MS Office after reinstalling Windows 7

I have a HP G62-355DX Laptop that came with Windows 7 and Office 2007 pre-installed. I'm planning to reformat the HDD to fix slowdown and other various issues that have begun to crop up, but I'm not ...
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Windows 8 OEM: How to do a fresh install onto a smaller drive [duplicate]

I want to upgrade the 500GB HDD that came with my Dell Laptop to a 120GB SSD. Windows 8 came pre-loaded (OEM, no sticker). Here's what I've tried so far: Attempt #1: Create a restore disk using the ...
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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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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 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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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 ...