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Why do I have to get the a hard drive from the manufacturer in order to use a vista OEM license key?


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#1 s4int

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:05 PM

Why do I have to get the a hard drive from the manufacturer in order to use a vista OEM license key?

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:13 PM

Does this key come on a lap top or desktop computer produced by Dell, Gateway, Lenovo, or other?

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:13 PM

You don't, and in most cases you don't even need the recovery media such as disks, as long as you have some Vista Installation disks your key should activate without an issue.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:16 PM

You don't, and in most cases you don't even need the recovery media such as disks, as long as you have some Vista Installation disks your key should activate without an issue.



Not entirely true, a key from Gateway will only work on a gateway machine and no other.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:23 PM

I understand that some keys are tied to the bios of a laptop, or desktop from dell, gateway, etc... The Microsoft rep told me the hard drive specifically. Was he referring to the image on the hard drive? If so, does this mean that, specific disks now have specific keys depending on manufacture? This seems a bit shady considering they mostly don't send recovery disks anymore... (from my experience anyway)

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:28 PM

The hard drive itself could contain some code that will only allow a certain range of keys to work. Also some BIOS code can be loaded to hard drives to check for OEM status.




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