Reinstalling and activating an OEM laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Seek, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Seek

    Seek MDL Novice

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    Friend wanted me to upgrade his Acer laptop with home basic pre-installed to Vista Ultimate. So i "foolishly" did. Now the whole Build 6000 - This copy of Windows is not genuine is preventing him from using his laptop. So I was looking around about OEM and activation, and was wondering if

    http://www.mydigitallife.net/2007/0...indows-vista-as-oem-for-acer-motherboardbios/

    is the right and easiest solution to use. His key is legit, but I'm wondering if installing a RC vista home basic will take his OEM product key. If so, please tell me. If not, will the page above help me install home basic back onto his computer and have it activated and never having to worry about wga again.
     
  2. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    If the machine came with Vista home premium, you can install ultimate with a retail disc and just add the serial and cert. The machine should already have a slic in it..
    Run the slic dump tool to see if it does, or link me to a bios update download..
     
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    Seek MDL Novice

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    Actually it was a home basic, and I "foolishly' installed a pre cracked/activated ultimate version of vista. I used everest to see if it had a slic, and it does. But the serial didn't activate it. I'm guessing this is because it was shoddily precracked/activated.
     
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    #4 911medic, Jan 23, 2010
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  5. Seek

    Seek MDL Novice

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    I making sure the version I' downloading now is hash checked perfectly. Thanks for clearing this up for me though.

    One more question, since you say I can install Ultimate, does that mean this OEM serial works for all versions of vista, but only for this specific laptop?
     
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