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Windows 7 OEM Re-Activation

:hello: Hello everyone,
This is my first post so I'm not sure if this is the right place for me to post. Well my friend has bought a laptop that came with bloatware from the manufacturer that is just taking up valuable disk space. I have a Windows 7 home premium disc that I bought for my own desktop. I want to use it reformat his HDD but I know I can't use the same key. Now my question is: Is there any way of doing a clean install while still preserving OEM activation? He really doesn't want to have to purchase another key. Thank all of you in advance for your time.
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    if it is the same version (home OEM, ..), he can use his key with your disk. If you don't have the same version, I'M sure you can find a copy of an OEM dvd and use his key with it. Keys are not linked to disk. I bought 3 dvd of windows 7 and I only used 1 dvd to install on 3 machine, but I used the 3 keys that came with the dvd
  2. @pat
    Thank you for your reply. The disc that I have is Home Retail would this work the same way as a Home OEM disc?
  3. I'm not sure, but since he should have restoration disk (or maybe he has to make them itself) , if it doesnt work, he can always restore his OS. once installed,he will have 30 days before he need to activate.
  4. Thanks for all your help. Just out of curiosity do you know if this works for XP and Vista?
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  6. chuy_24 said:
    Thanks for all your help. Just out of curiosity do you know if this works for XP and Vista?


    yes. keys are not linkedd to the media.
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