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Hello, Im deciding to reinstall windows vista home premium 64 bit since thats the original operating OS this computer had but im running windows 7 on it. When i check the product key on my computer with a key finding program, it displays a different product key compared to the sticker on the bottom of my computer.
I recently found out that the bottom sticker product key is the OEM which was meant for windows vista home premium. So what i am wondering is if i can do a clean install of windows vista home premium using the OEM disc even though my computer displays it has a different product key on windows 7? Will a OEM disc work with the product key i have on the sticker? More about reinstall windows vista product sticker. JDFan Jan 12, , 3: Depends -- Was it an upgrade version of Win 7 that was installed when you changed to win 7 or was a full version off win7 used to install it?
If an upgrade then the license key for Vista would have been deactivated when it was combined with the upgrade license of Win 7 to create the license key you are now using for win 7 and thus would not be useable -- If a ffull version then that Vista key should still be useable. That's also a prob, idk if its an upgrade or full version because i bought it off some guy who was selling it.
He didnt have any of the original discs or box. When i go to system info, i also cant seem to find the windows activation status section, its like its not there. So is there any way i could find out if its an upgrade or full version? It an alienware m17x laptop if that helps. Re-installing Windows 10 OS and Re-using the product key.
Can't find your answer? When i go to system info, i also cant seem to find the windows activation status section, its like its not there If there's no 'Windows activation' section when viewing system properties it means that that copy has been hacked with one of the available activation cracks, and is not a legal copy. Or can i just buy a new retail version of windows 7 that comes with its own product key and install that? Does the retail version require the OEM product key or would it work as long as it has the product key it came with in the retail version?
OEM product keys will not work with retail discs, and vice versa. Vista product keys will not work with Windows 7 3. You are presently running an illegally cracked copy of Windows 7. Whatever key you recover from it is bogus. If you have the original OEM disc you may do a clean install using the key attached to the computer. If you wish to reinstall Windows 7 you will have to purchase full media, with it's own key.
Upgrade media will not allow a clean install. JDFan Jan 12, , SR Blackbird Jan 12, , Retail OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. The main characteristics of such systems are: The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.
Activation by the end user is not required. Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable. OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor.
It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK OEM preinstall kit and then resold. Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key.
It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time.
And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies. As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition i. License agreement transfer of license of Windows 8 http: Saga Lout Jan 12, , I'm confused - it goes with my age. In your original post you mention "the OEM" disk and then "a OEM disk" Surely if it's "the" disk it will work and as it won't invite you to input the key - because it's coded into that disk - it will automatically adopt the key which is printed on the sticker.
If, however, it's "a OEM disk" as in any old disk, it will fail to install let alone activate - and you'll have huge driver problems if it did appear to work. A borrowed and genuine Microsoft Vista DVD would work and would require you to enter the key that came with it.
Then when you connect, it should activate. With your present W7 system, you could edit the Registry to force an activation which will, of course, fail. That process repairs and legalises the system which is what you really need to do.
Going back to Vista is a bad idea. JDFan Jan 12, , 9: All true accurate concepts! Since everyone told me here that the OEM disc can still be used for a fresh install of windows vista due to the hacked version of windows 7 never activated and deactivated the computers original key, provided with the sticker product key located on my computer, I'm going to attempt to do a fresh install using the OEM disc so it can replace the corrupted or hacked windows 7 im running now and use the original OS, windows vista, that was preinstalled on this computer.
After then, if successful in the fresh install, i'm going to purchase a genuine copy of windows 7 home premium to change from windows vista because i know like everyone else, vista is full of probs and windows 7 is better.
Although once windows vista is installed properly and i want to upgrade to windows 7, Do i purchase a windows 7 anytime upgrade or windows 7 home premium upgrade i think its just the retail windows 7 home premium? I'm not such a computer genius when it comes to such things like these that are confusing me BTW thanks everyone for posting really important information that really helped me solve the questions i was asking! I tried researching many times all over the place to find the needed answers before ever asking.
JDFan Jan 13, , 7: You will most likely need the windows 7 home premium upgrade -- IIRC the anytime upgrade is for moving from a lower version of windows 7 ie. Home Basic to the higher version while the home premium upgrade is for upgrading to windows 7 from either XP or Vista!
Saga Lout Jan 13, , 1: Thanks to both for the clarification. JDFan Jan 13, , 9: True -- but thing is many of the cracked versions include other key loggers etc. There will still be bits and pieces of the crack hanging about that will cause the installation to be flagged as "Not Genuine" been there, done that.
Wipe and clean install is the only way. One more quick question if it wouldnt be too much trouble to ask If i get my computer back into windows vista with the successful clean install and then want to upgrade to windows 7 buying the genuine copy of course , will the upgrade deactivate my OEM key, not allowing me to ever use the OEM disc to get windows vista back?
I'm just wondering since i heard that upgrading from vista to windows 7 will deactivate the OEM key for vista. JDFan Jan 14, , Depends on which version of win7 you purchase -- If you buy the upgrade version then the old VISTA key would no longer be useable since that key would have combined with the upgrade key to create a legitimate install of windows 7 - Though it might be possible by calling activation support and telling them you want to go back to using VISTA and no longer use the upgraded license but not sure.
Hi, My harddisk got crashed. So i installed cracked version. I'm getting windows not genuine error. Can i activate windows with the product key sticker at the back of laptop im using the same Windows 7 Home Premium version.
Saga Lout Mar 17, , 9: Just posting the word "cracked" should be enough to get you banned from Tom's but as you are new here and probably forgot to read the Forum Rules, a little leniency is appropriate as it wouldn't cure your problem. You need to be connected to the Net to activate but you also need a Product Key which is not in use on another system otherwise both will be thrown off as being illegitimate. Your only way out of this is to go to Microsoft's website and buy a key.
You will automatically be given that option when you try to activate the version you have now so go through that process and pay extra for a DVD with the genuine article you buy.
When it arrives, use it to format that hard disk and install a clean version. JDFan Mar 17, , 2: Ask a new question. Subscribe to our newsletter.
How to activate Windows Vista
I lost my windows vista product key, please send again. When it arrives, use it to format that hard disk and install a clean version. Hi, I don't think you will find a way to get a new beta key for Windows Vista RC2, the Community Preview Program is now closed since some months and Microsoft is not giving away beta product keys. If not, how can I retrieve the product key? That would be because the Windows product key has nothing to do with the trial version of Office that HP installed. Indonesia Bahasa - Bahasa. If your trial period of Office has expired, then you'll need to purchase an Office license to continue to use it. That said, an admin will likely delete the posts shortly if you don't 'fix' it.
Activate windows vista using windows 7 product key
Not an IT pro? In your original post you mention "the OEM" disk and then "a OEM disk" Surely if it's "the" disk it will work and as it won't invite you to input the key - because it's coded into that disk - it will automatically adopt the key which is printed on the sticker. You can always call Microsoft to get free help with activation, if it does not work automatically. More about reinstall windows vista product sticker. That's why there's a different key on the sticker, which is for you if you need to reinstall.
Can i reinstall windows vista using product key on sticker ?
Monday, February 18, 3: Thursday, February 1, 9: How to activate Windows on your computer To activate Windows Vista, follow these steps: Can't find your answer? This message pops up and will not let me access the dest top. If that code exists, then Windows knows that the computer was manufactured by that OEM, and verifies it against the activation file. I now want to reinstall Windows and fully format the hard drive - however, the sticker with the Windows product key under the laptop is unreadable. Depends on which version of win7 you purchase -- If you buy the upgrade version then the old VISTA key would no longer be useable since that key would have combined with the upgrade key to create a legitimate install of windows 7 - Though it might be possible by calling activation support and telling them you want to go back to using VISTA and no longer use the upgraded license but not sure. This key comes pre-installed in Windows, when it comes from the Factory. Sunday, September 21, After then, if successful in the fresh install, i'm going to purchase a genuine copy of windows 7 home premium to change from windows vista because i know like everyone else, vista is full of probs and windows 7 is better. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. If your trial period of Office has expired, then you'll need to purchase an Office license to continue to use it. As has been previously stated, it's the Product Key to your operating system.