Reinstalling OS with other language

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by xof, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. xof

    xof MDL Novice

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    Hi,

    I have this ACER ASPIRE 5810T laptop with a dutch Vista Home Premium installed. I would like to install the english version of the OS. I tried to use an OEM cd and use the key that is printed on the back of the laptop but Vista says the key is not a correct one.

    Is there a way around this? I see there's a lot of knowledge on this forum about that but I can't filter the correct information for my case.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Use the key from STICKIES!!!!

    sebus
     
  3. xof

    xof MDL Novice

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    Well, I managed to install with one of these keys but I can't activate. I get the error "The Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for activation". I did upgrade to SP2 before activating.

    Am I doing something wrong?
     
  4. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Obviously!

    SLIC 2.0 + SLP key + certificate matching slic = Vista activated Offline

    You do NOT activate ONLINE with SLP key!!!

    Read stickies first & try to understand what you are doing

    sebus
     
  5. xof

    xof MDL Novice

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    Sebus, sorry if I stress you out with my questions but I'm new to all this.

    I've been reading through the stickies but there's a lot of info.

    I understand that the SLIC information is something that's included in the BIOS. I guess in my case I should first check if the SLIC information from the Acer[ACRSYS-ACRPRDCT-ANNI]2.0.bin matches the information in my BIOS. I guess there's a tool for that? If that information is not matching I should mod my BIOS?

    For the certificate, I guess that just needs to reside somewhere on the filesystem?
     
  6. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    #6 FreeStyler, Jan 14, 2010
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    Read the stickies... all required info is there...

    The sticker on the bottom is a OEM:COA key, this cannot be used for offline activation
    if the ACER ASPIRE 5810T laptop came preinstalled with Dutch Vista Home Premium your bios probably has a OA SLP 2.0 Bios, no need to mod it in this case
    You can check for OA SLP 2.0 existence using this tool: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/6925-SLIC-DUMP-ToolKit-x86-x64-(Includes-PKey-Cert-Backup)
    This tool (if your laptop came preinstalled with Vista) can also be used to backup the OEM Certificate and OEM:SLP Key you need to reinstall after you installed the English version.

    The command to install the OEM Certificate is:
    Other Vista OEM:SLP keys can be found here: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/2581-Vista-OEM-SLP-keys

    Is it a bit more clear now? (Beetje duidelijker zo? :) )
     
  7. xof

    xof MDL Novice

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    But what if I already reinstalled the OS with an SLP key? It would mean the OEM certificate is gone.
    Thanks for helping out. ('t begint te dagen :)).
     
  8. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    #8 FreeStyler, Jan 14, 2010
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  9. xof

    xof MDL Novice

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    I got my Windows activated! Great stuff!

    I did notice that the OEMCreatorID is set to '1025' in my BIOS while that from the file posted on the forum is set to 'ANNI' but it seems that didn't matter.

    Thanks for your patience...
     
  10. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    #10 FreeStyler, Jan 14, 2010
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    When you say ANNI I guess you are talking about the bin file packed within the BIN and ACER Certificate package you got from the post above?
    OEMCreatorID is variable, most of the time filled with MSFT, ANNI or 1025 by ACER... OEMCreatorID is not important for activation

    Anyway, glad to see it worked out OK
     
  11. xof

    xof MDL Novice

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    Correct.

    So it seems. Good to know.

    Well, thank you...