OEM Recovery Media query

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by basix, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. basix

    basix MDL Novice

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    Hi all,

    I recently bought a Dell laptop. It didn't come with any media. I had to create the "recovery" DVDs by using the preinstalled software on my laptop. Ideally when I get a new machine, I blow away everything on it and start with a clean slate. But, this time I cant do that! The recovery media seems to re-image my whole harddrive with all the factory installed crap. This is something I definitely DONT want.

    Now heres the deal. I got a hold of Windows 7 Home Premium and installed it. But when I enter the product key on my COA and try to activate it. The activation fails. Why does this happen? Also, is it possible to some how "transfer" the activation from the factory installed state of my machine to a clean install of Win 7?

    I am using the same version of Win 7 that came preloaded with my laptop. I also tried this[1] to "transfer" my activation. But as the article clearly states OEM installs wont activate this way. So folks, what do I do?

    [1] (Sorry I couldn't post a live link) hxxp://mydigitallife.net/2009/09/24/how-to-backup-and-restore-windows-7-and-server-2008-r2-activation-status-activate-offline-on-reinstall/
     
  2. urie

    urie Moderator
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    First thing you should have done was run slic dump toolkit on your factory restored machine it will grab your certificate and serial the key you tried to use is OEM COA key not the OEM SLP key that would have been used with certificate to activate your windows 7 also you can use any of the dell OEM SLP keys in sticky to install any version of windows 7 you like. If you have an original windows 7 home premium cd make an iso image of it with UltraISo then open up the image in ultraIso and follow instruction posted in Windows 7 DVD (Multi-Brand/Multi-Edition) Activation thread make sure you download the version from download link 1.
     
  3. basix

    basix MDL Novice

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    #3 basix, Jun 20, 2010
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    urie, if I understand you correctly, then I need to obtain a Win 7 Home Premium ISO, somehow get the Dell SLP key and my certificate from my machine. I can then use these three things to activate a clean copy of Win 7 Home Premium, right?

    Edit: I restored the laptop to its factory state and I extracted the Dell Certificate and Pkey. What exactly is this key? Why is it different from the key on the COA?
     
  4. urie

    urie Moderator
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