About activation

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by GTR, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. GTR

    GTR MDL Novice

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    I have a Hp pavilion desktop with Vista Home Premium 64 bit and i want to do a clean with a retail vista same version .

    My question is : OEM act key (sticker in the side plate) will be activate the retail windows ??

    Thanks and sorry for my english :)
     
  2. aCROX999

    aCROX999 MDL Novice

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    I'm sure it'll activate yours because I own a Vista Ultimate 32-bit and I've used the serial key many times.
     
  3. thethingy

    thethingy MDL Senior Member

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    It wont activate over the net but ms will activate if you call the number.
     
  4. aCROX999

    aCROX999 MDL Novice

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    I've used the same key for many PCs and it worked, not sure why but maybe because mine is OEM version.
     
  5. urie

    urie Moderator
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    oem keys are not transferable and can only be used on one machine they may have activated but the minute you do a genuine check machines will get blasklisted.
     
  6. urie

    urie Moderator
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    Why do you want to install retail absolutely no benefit. Or just make Dell OEM SLP dvd out of your retail dvd all information available in stickies then it will preactivate.
     
  7. thethingy

    thethingy MDL Senior Member

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    I had a Vista hp Toshiba laptop and a Toshiba with Vista hb, reinstalled hp on both and activated over the phone with the key on the sticker of the hp machine.
     
  8. urie

    urie Moderator
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    I didn't say you couldn't also you are using coa key from oem slp machine not oem non slp machine.
     
  9. thethingy

    thethingy MDL Senior Member

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    whats coa?
     
  10. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

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    Certificate Of Authentication. Basic a regular OEM key stickied under the notebook or perhaps on the right side of a computers.
     
  11. GTR

    GTR MDL Novice

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    because i am confused , oemactkey is oem coa key right ? and finally oemact activate retail vista right ? Thanks