Installing Vista with Lenovo OEM key on non-Lenovo machine?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by alfonzobonzo, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. alfonzobonzo

    alfonzobonzo MDL Novice

    Aug 8, 2007
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    Hey guys,

    I've been reading this forum for a few hours now, trying to get my head around the various ways of doing things, but I'm still not sure how to do what I'm trying to do, so was wondering if you could offer some advice!

    I have a Lenovo laptop which came with Windows Vista Business installed. This has since been removed and replaced with Windows XP. I'd like to use the Windows Vista Business OEM license key on the bottom of my laptop to install Vista on my home desktop machine.

    Firstly, I guess I'm going to need some install media! I'm sure I can obtain this, but can someone tell me what I need - is it:

    1. Any Windows Vista Business CD (retail or OEM)
    2. Windows Vista Business OEM CD
    3. Windows Vista Business Lenovo OEM CD?

    Then I need to get it to accept my Lenovo license key. I'm guessing I'm going to need to change the BIOS on my desktop machine to have a Lenovo SLIC? Will I also need the Lenovo license file that's floating around?

    Any help or additional info much appreciated! For the record, I know this is against the terms of my Vista license, so this is merely a 'proof of concept' ;)
     
  2. Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman MDL Member

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    I'm a newbie to this but I'll try to help as best as I can.

    Before I can provide some useful advice, please provide the details of your desktop PC as stated below:

    (a) name of manufacturer of the motherboard
    (b) the model name and number of your motherboard
    (c) the name of the manufacturer and version number of its BIOS

    Please use Everest to check whether your desktop PC already has SLIC.

    If it has SLIC, then just import the corresponding OEM certificate into your PC. If there's no corresponding OEM certificate, you will have to post your request in the relevant forum (not this forum) to have your BIOS modded to accept Asus or Lenovo or Sony OEM certificate.

    If it doesn't have SLIC, please post your request in the relevant forum to have the SLIC inserted into your BIOS. By default, the modders here insert Asus SLIC. You can request them to insert the brand of the SLIC of your choice.

    Remember that NOT all BIOSes can be modded. Just hard luck to those whose BIOSes are difficult to be modded.

    Once your BIOS has the SLIC, you just need to import the corresponding OEM certificate into your PC. Just do a search on this website to find a collection of the most popular OEM certificates.

    May I ask why you intend to install Windows Vista Business onto your desktop PC when you can install its Ulitmate version? After all, the ultimate aim of the people requesting their BIOSes to be modded is to be able to have their Ultimate version permanently activated.

    I hope the above info helps :)

    Compared to the big guys here, I'm only a girl with little techie knowledge.
     
  3. alfonzobonzo

    alfonzobonzo MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the reply :)

    I'll check my BIOS details later and post back. As for why I want to install Vista Business, it's because I have a legitimate (but OEM) Vista Business license/CD key. I want to be able to use the license I have legitimately (if indirectly) paid for, even though I realise that the license is technically non-transferable to another machine.
     
  4. Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman MDL Member

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    You've a unique sense of humor! :)

    You're the only guy in these forums who installs the Business version with a modded BIOS.