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« on: March 31, 2012, 01:04:14 PM »
Hey Shane,

    The laptop I got from my brother came with a windows install (not just repair) disk from gateway. I deleted the recovery option on my desktop, I image my disk everyday. Can I use that disk to reinstall vista on my desktop for a fresh install? Reason I asked is because when I installed on laptop all the information as far a registration was already there. I'm worried about license violations. If so how do I do it.


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Re: reinstall
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012, 01:26:14 PM »
Your fine. :cheesy:

You can use the cd key on the sticker and you are good to go. Also store machines have a slic table in the bios. The default installs come with a certain key used a cert file. When all 3 match it says the system is registered.

The key code on the sticker wasn't used and you can use it just fine :wink:

For my self I reinstall so many store bought machines that I have a tool that puts the cert and key back into the system. I am breaking not rules as I make sure the same version of Windows they had is being reinstalled :wink:

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Re: reinstall
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 02:53:16 PM »
I have the windows activation product key product id key wrote down, and I still have the product key sticker on the side of the machine. Once I reinstall, how do I match these numbers back up?


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Re: reinstall
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 03:39:00 PM »
Just put in the key on the sticker and tell windows to activate :wink:

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Re: reinstall
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2012, 03:47:44 PM »
okay, but I didn't have to that when I reinstalled on the laptop

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Re: reinstall
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 03:54:19 PM »
Thats because the restore setup they send with it has the cert and OEM Key built into the setup. :wink:

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Re: reinstall
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012, 03:58:03 PM »
okay, Now I want to do a complete new install, all files that I want already backed up. I want a FRESH brand new install.
Should I format?


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Re: reinstall
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2012, 04:01:06 PM »
Backup your data first if you need anything saved. Format the sucker, and when your in the setup you can delete the other partitions giving you more hard drive space for the system :-)

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Re: reinstall
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2012, 04:05:24 PM »
Thank ya Sir! This will be the first time ever on this machine (4 years old)!LOL


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Re: reinstall
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2012, 04:07:11 PM »
No problem :wink:

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Re: reinstall
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2012, 04:07:11 PM »