Windows 7 Key on the bottom of my laptop to reinstall?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by donalgodon, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Sorry to ask such a basic and dumb question, but I've never actually tried this, so I need to know before I do it.

    I just got a new laptop which came with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. No CD/DVD media, just a partition.

    If I replace the HD, can I use the Key on the bottom of the computer to re-install Windows 7 Home Premium from the ISO I downloaded?

    Sorry, I know it's dumb, and I'm sure all of you know this, but I don't know if that's the install key that will activate my Windows 7 Home Premium or not, so before I get stuck, I had to risk the embarassment of the question. :eek:

    I'm a newb to Windows 7 this year.

    Mostly been using Ubuntu, BSD, or MacOS X variants, so please... don't laugh too hard!
     
  2. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    #2 timesurfer, Jul 27, 2010
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    You can just use Opa tool to install cert and key since you probably have a slic 2.1 which is usually the case with comps with 7 installed
     
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  3. jrizal

    jrizal MDL Novice

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    Why not create a restore disc to make things easier? Most if not all laptops including netbooks nowadays have an option to create a restore disc just in case you want to restore your laptop to factory default. The main advantage here is that the restore disc uses the OEM BIOS info when you do a restore therefore eliminating the need to go through the activation process. In other words, by using the restore disc, it is "pre-activated" already. No keys, no phone calls anymore. Using the key may or may not work.
     
  4. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I guess I was trying to avoid the bloatware that comes pre-installed. Does using a loader like Daz's have a negative impact on any performance related features over just the key itself? I'd like to be "legal" in my use of Windows 7, but MS has to make doing it legally so damn complicated.

    Next question would be....

    Is there a simple way to copy the disk contents (both partitions, including the restore partition) to the other disk? I'd like to preserve that functionality, if possible... if it's not too complicated, that is.
     
  5. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Here's the thing if your comp came with 7 then odds are you have a slic 2.1 so with that activation set up all you need no matter what version your running is to enter the key and cert and your legit ;)

    Here run this as admin http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...olKit-x86-x64-(Includes-PKey-amp-Cert.-Backup and you'll see what I mean if slic 2.1 is there. It's a hardware thing the BIOS slic so you'll always have legit access and use if it's there...lol

    And look at the advanced view
     
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  6. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    What's the distinction between key and cert?

    Do you mean that I can install another version, say Professional, and still be legit?
     
  7. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    cert = model specific
    key = version specific
    Yes if you have the slic 2.1
     
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  8. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    I bought an ASUS ul30a-x5

    Does this model likely have slic 2.1?

    Thanks for the replies. :)
     
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    timesurfer MDL Developer

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  10. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Sorry, yes.

    So, if I can summarize:

    I can simply install (either Professional or Home Premium) using one of the SLIC Keys, then simply activate and be legit?

    If I use the Key on the bottom of my computer to install Home Premium, it may (or may not) activate properly.

    Is that correct, so far?

    Thanks for the patience.
     
  11. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    lol...Why haven't you checked for slic like I asked twice? Then with that info you can use info given in past posts with their links and your good to go :D

    So anyone with 2.1 slic can just install appropriate key and cert to activate. Hope that explains things

    About the key on bottom I think you can use that to phone activate. I forget cause I never use that. I just use solutions here or enter key and cert with 2.1 slic availability
     
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  13. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    No, sorry. I should have mentioned that I didn't actually receive the computer yet. It'll be here some time next week. I'm just trying to get mentally prepared. Thanks for the advice. I really do appreciate it.
     
  14. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild MDL Member

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    TS pretty much covered every thing. Really its simple.

    Backup key&cert
    Install Windows 7 clean
    Install cert.
    Install key.

    You are off and running. I prefer to manually install cert./key. But that is up to you. After that install drivers and windows updates. Then make a backup image. Before you do any of this. Make sure you have recovery disks or make them when prompted. That way you always have them for the future if ever needed.
     
  15. gyrfalcon

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    #15 gyrfalcon, Jul 28, 2010
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    The key on the bottom is pretty much worthless. It won't activate windows online generally and you need to call Microsoft to get it activated (if their system is working). This is one reason people use the SLIC/Cert + OEM key to bypass windows activation altogether.

    If your BIOS has SLIC in it, you can install any version of windows 7 by downloading the (edit:matching SLIC) cert and using the correct OEM key.
     
  16. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Using the tool, after I backup the cert and re-install, I just need to use "Open ext cert" to be up and running?
     
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    venu MDL Addicted

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    You'll be genuine, not legit.
     
  18. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Yes, thanks for that distinction. I'm sorry to ask, but isn't SLIC 2.1 something in the BIOS, so that simply swapping the HD and reinstalling will mean that the key and cert are still there?

    If I replace my hard drive, and install Windows 7 Home Premium from my ISO/DVD, then I should just be able to use an ASUS OEM key and have Genuine status, is that correct? Without having to use a loader, for example?

    It'd be better, in my case, however to get the Key and Cert from the BIOS first, as I'm understanding it, since I actually own a legitimate license for Home Premium. Is that correct?

    When I get the Key and Cert files, I'm assuming that I must save some kind of file/document that the untility uses, or is it simply the text of the Key and Cert that I need.

    Sorry to test your patience with my noob questions, but if I don't ask, I can't learn. :D
     
  19. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    The key and cert sit I think in the system files somewhere...lol So no they'll be gone :eek:

    Simply put if you have 2.1 slic you only need to use Opa tool I told you about and enter the key and cert. Daz loader will also enter key and cert without installing loader so it's kinda dual purpose for people with actual slic

    It's real simple to enter cert and key infact you can do it manually in the repository section f-a

    I suggest you read the repository since this information is there also and easy to read and understand :biggrin:
     
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  20. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Manually entering the Cert and Key is just typing in the numbers found in the OEM Key list or I can find my own, using the tool, then re-install it when I re-install Windows 7. Is that an accurate summary? :)