newbbie question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by vistabaz, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. vistabaz

    vistabaz MDL Novice

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    I have an hp 530 laptop that I have lost the original recovery disks for. I do have a dell oem disk that loads on but as it doesn`t recognise the hp bios and is looking to be activated in 30 days.

    Can i get around this by simply changing the key to an hp number ?

    If not is it just a matter of altering the $oem$ file in the disk to make it work for an hp machine ?

    The disk i have is the ultimate version if that helps any.

    Just new to this so apologise if this is very vague and foolish.

    cheers.
     
  2. Lenmaer

    Lenmaer MDL Addicted

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    If you bought a laptop, even you don't have the recovery anymore, there should be a sticker on that laptop with the serial key, so that you can reinstall Vista again.
     
  3. shakeyplace

    shakeyplace MDL Addicted

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    you need the HP cert as well as proper serial number.
     
  4. vistabaz

    vistabaz MDL Novice

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    so if i were to use the proper serial number and import the cert. using the following command slmgr.vbs -ilc c:\hp.xrm-ms then should this be ok ?
     
  5. Lenmaer

    Lenmaer MDL Addicted

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    If you are using the key on the sticker you don't need any certs.
     
  6. shakeyplace

    shakeyplace MDL Addicted

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    I believe so, the Dell cds (they are just OS install disks, correct, not ghost images of the hard drive) don't have a cert on them, do they? If they do, just replace it with the HP cert. The cert would be located at \sources\$OEM$\$$\SYSTEM32\OEM
    or you can just reinstall from the disk using the COA serial number as Lenmaer says..
     
  7. Saiki

    Saiki MDL Novice

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    the disc contains ALL versions of Windows Vista, it's been long known