re installing windows issue questions

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by logicwatch, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. logicwatch

    logicwatch MDL Member

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    Hi everyone I was wanting to call in some advice please to some specialists out there on a few issues with reinstalling windows.
    Ok heres the issue , I plan to have a small side line business running shortly offering the service of re installing windows to people whose laptops Pcs etc. require it.
    However as is usually the case I have noticed most people have no discs to do recoverys with or the hidden partition is deleted corrupted or perhaps they even have a dead hard drive.
    Well I wish to offer the service legally using their original key ( COA ) but surely I can get away without having to order each manufacturers recovery media each time ?
    So my question is which versions using windows XP / Vista / W7 discs would allow me to do a clean install and use their existing serial ( COA ) to keep them legal and authenticated as genuine.
    As sometimes I have tried a install and the disc has not accepted their COA ?
    Is there some work around for this without having to have 100s of versions of windows ?

    many thanks in advance :worthy:
     
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    #2 38956, Jun 3, 2011
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    Windows XP OEM:COA (or OEM:SLP) - requires Windows XP OEM installation disc (XP HOME OEM, XP PRO OEM and XP MCE 2005 OEM)

    Windows Vista and windows 7 - you can use a Retail disc to install Vista/7 but i think using the product key on a branded COA on the case will only activate by phone
     
  3. stayboogy

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    acrsn is right on the money for windows 7.

    as far as vista is concerned, i'm not sure if there is a simple way to do what it is you are wanting.

    for windows xp, for the simplest way (i think and i'm not an expert) you will need an AIO dvd that is ready for all OEM manufacturers in Home version 32 bit (x86), an AIO dvd for OEM in Pro version 32 bit, and another one for 64 bit, and a AIO dvd for OEM MCE 2005 in only 32 bit. you will also need dvds for each version that are retail for the people that bought it and installed themselves, though i don't think MCE could be purchased retail but i could be wrong.

    aside from that, and not to be a dick or anything but i don't think that you should embark on this venture personally if you are having to ask for help on how to do it, because chances are you are going to run into so many problems during the process of re-installation for so many machines that you are not going to be able to get it done in 1) a timely manner, and 2) in a cost effective way to the customer, 3) or get it done at all not trying to be mean just adding my $.02

    and fourthly, i'm pretty sure that what you are wanting to do is illegal in a few ways (though not sure on specifics) so the process won't technically be legal as you are stating you want it to be.

    other than that, do a search here and how to make the dvds you need and you should find what you are looking for. :D
     
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  4. logicwatch

    logicwatch MDL Member

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    Hi thanks for all your replies they are most helpful :)
    I beg to differ on a few of your points stayboogy but nevertheless I very much appreciate your time and advice.

    once again thank you everyone:worthy:
     
  5. urie

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    AIO dvd for xp can be usefull but if a lot of cases especially older xp machines only come with cd rom drive not cd/dvd.

    Yes i totally agree there lost count on the time spent searching for drivers e.c.t even when using driverpacks.
     
  6. logicwatch

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    can anyone point me in the direction of the above mentioned " for windows xp, for the simplest way you will need an AIO dvd that is ready for all OEM manufacturers in Home version 32 bit (x86) " ?
    Ive looked around the site and cannot seem to find this particular xp Aio dvd ?

    again thanks in advance for your prompt replies guys :)
     
  7. logicwatch

    logicwatch MDL Member

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    yes I guess that is the way I was rather hoping just to be able to download a AIO DVD already made I dont suppose anyone has seen this around ?
     
  8. logicwatch

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    Hey thats great Acrsn thank you so much for your continued advice and support :worthy:
     
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    logicwatch MDL Member

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    So can I clarify if I have a sony laptop that originally came with xp on it and needs a full reinstall and no recovery media can I use the "tcntad sony iso" (as stated by Acrsn reply above ) and use the key either on the COA sticker on the laptop or by retrieving the key off the laptop using jellybean or other key retriever.
    Would this be then sufficient to gain a activated genuine version on the sony laptop ?

    Thanks once again guys
     
  10. logicwatch

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    ok thanks for explaining " acrsn " I assumed I would still need the key using the sony iso Ive read the repository and now see I can use the OEM bios bootable image to check bios etc.
    thanks for your patience support and guidance :)
     
  11. urie

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    OEM SLP installation do require SLP 1.0 key it is just that normally user does not need to enter the key because it is included in winnt.sif file and added automatically.
     
  12. logicwatch

    logicwatch MDL Member

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    your correct as I found out when I tried my 1st oem install earlier !;)
     
  13. atimlin

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    Hi Everybody,

    I've been struggling to find a good answer to this question. Let me tell you my story. I work for an end of life IT recycling company were we collect and data wipe computers from various private and public sectors departments. Each PC/Laptop ends up with a completly wiped HDD and there is no recovery cd's/partitions, just a COA. I have no problem reinstalling any version of windows using the COA but is this legal??????? I intend to sell reinstalled PC's/Laptops without original cd/recovery cd or recovery partition through ebay.
     
  14. new_hack

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    just to share(with what was i always done), if your machine usb capable, make it install via usb, before that, what we have to do is, just change 3 oem file and oem logo(after check with oemtool)
     
  15. urie

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