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#1 kingjames113

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:42 AM

I am working on a computer for a friend. it is a windows vista home premium (unsure if x32 or x64). I have an OEMACT code on the sticker in the back. Her hard drive died (clicking) and I can't clone any part of it (os or recovery) due to two bad sectors. I am in need of an option to install the operating system onto a new hard drive that I have. She is leaving the state in 30 hours so it is cutting it close. Where can I get a disk or make one from online? Is there a special one I need since it is an OEMACT key?

Also it is a Sony VAIO PCG-7173L.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:54 AM

OEM keys generally won't work with a new install. You can try but be prepared for the key not to work. Disc images (isos) are available online if you know where to look, but I'm pretty sure it's a violation of the rules to specify where and how to use disc copies.

 

You might ask people you know if they have a disc.

 

EDIT: It's been said that if you call Microsoft directly and explain the issue- have the service tag of the system as well as the OEM key on hand- they may give you a key or activate the OS remotely (assuming you have the computer online).


Edited by Netghost56, 24 October 2013 - 09:56 AM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:57 AM

Here's a page of info on what you can do if the key fails:

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931276



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:32 AM

I hope Microsoft would give me a key. Otherwise I would need to buy one. Do you know a good place to buy just the key and get the information in like an email or download? Don't have time for shipping.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:53 AM

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-windows_install/how-do-i-purchase-a-vista-ultimate-product-key/

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-windows-product-key#get-windows-product-key=windows-vista



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:59 AM

Thank you. They don't have it online anymore so I will have to search the vast internet for what to do now.






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