(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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Where I can I legally download Windows 7 installation .ISO files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)? Disclaimer: I'm primarily a Linux/Unix person, so all this Windows licensing stuff is new to me. Where I can I ...
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Legal to install an OEM license of Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion?

I have a desktop (HP) and a laptop (MacBook Pro). HP is currently running Vista Ultimate. (It came with Vista Premium; I formatted it and installed Vista Ultimate because I had a license for that on ...
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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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Installing XP with out manufacturers original XP restore disk, possiable with OEM disk?

A client of mind has lost his XP home restore disk for his HP brand desktop. I need to reinstall windows for the client. I would like to know if a generic OEM install disk would work; by work I mean ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use a Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit OEM licence to install the 64-Bit version, too? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When installing Windows 7 or Vista, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I plan to buy a Notebook that ...
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Can I activate Windows XP Pro installed from Retail (or VL) media with OEM key?

I have Windows XP Professional OEM key on the sticker on the computer, but I don't have a OEM media to perform reinstall. I could obtain (it doesn't matter how) an installation ISO images from MSDN ...
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Can I upgrade a corrupted OEM copy of Windows Vista to Windows 7

We have a laptop that has an OEM copy of Windows Vista. Somehow the OS got corrupted and the only restore option is a recovery partition that also seems to be corrupted. We have verified that the ...
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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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What method computer manufacturers use to install Windows?

They automate Windows installation using scripts or do they simply restore different disk images for each hardware model? I've heard the second approach is not possible since some software that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Overwrite your Windows folder with a backed up copy

Currently attempting to restore a backup. I'm left wondering whether HP intends for me to just overwrite my whole C: drive with the contents from the backup. Overwriting the Users folder, Application ...