OEM activation question

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by moistbuns, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. moistbuns

    moistbuns MDL Novice

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    I've got a new laptop arriving today and chances are it's pre-loaded by the manufacturer with lots of helpful bloatware. So of course, I am planning to immediately reinstall Windows Home from an official 1809 updated source image, which I've then stripped of Microsoft's own apps using NTLite.

    I've read that the laptop may come pre-activated with a volume license key and an unused one on the underneath.
    If this is indeed the case, can I backup the pre-activated license and transfer it to the new installation?
     
  2. SL2

    SL2 MDL Member

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    #2 SL2, Feb 23, 2019
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    Starting with Windows 8, a unique license key is stored in BIOS, and nothing else. The same goes for Windows 10.

    Here's how much storage space my brothers new laptop got from a reinstall last summer.
    Hp 14 Core i3-7100U

    Preinstalled 1709 Home 64

    Used storage: 34.7 GB - without hibernation, pagefile and swapfile

    Number of processes: 157

    Threads: 2107

    Handles: 54606
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    Clean install 1803 Pro 64

    Used storage: 8.6 GB - without hibernation, pagefile and swapfile

    Number of processes: 105

    Threads: 910

    Handles: 34870
     
  3. moistbuns

    moistbuns MDL Novice

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    The gains aren't as massive here but prior to a vanilla installation the usage was somewhere around 24GB. After a format, it's now 14GB with drivers.

    That's on 1809 with mainly just the apps removed prior to install. No major modifications to avoid unwanted situations where dependencies are missing.

    My own installation saves me from running Windows update for ages which is neat. It also activated just fine.

    Thanks for the info!
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    You can run the QT from here: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/multi-oem-retail-project-mrp-mk3.71555/#post-1283849
    It will show how it's activated, you can safely post the saved report, so we can tell what activation method is used.
     
  5. SL2

    SL2 MDL Member

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    #5 SL2, Feb 24, 2019
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    Is there more than one type of activation used on computers from the big brands? Maybe I got it all wrong..
     
  6. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    #6 Enthousiast, Feb 28, 2019
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    OEM Laptops/PC's/Tablets with preinstalled OS are usually activated by SLIC (Vista, 7 and some servers).

    Or MSDM (8/10).

    The OP said it probably came with a Volume License activated pre-installed OS, the QT will tell what is used for activation.
     
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    SL2 MDL Member

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    The OP said that, not me. :)
     
  8. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Fixed :)