gengiscant just tried it on my oem Win 7 laptop but gives the wrong key. I suspect it gives the version HP uses to mass install. Haven't found a keyfinder yet that will reveal the key thats printed on the sticker. OK for retail but fails with OEM.
I haven't found anything that divulges the same as my COA either.
Seeing as my Recovery DVDs (two sets) and Partition (+backup copy) work and I have multiple System Images, I hope I won't need a key anyway.
I have also written down my COA key in my 'laptop logbook' in case it ever gets rubbed off the bottom.
Just call me paranoid.
I suppose the answer for Hetti's husband:
Make System Image(s) to an external drive + a boot disc.
Use Easeus Todo (I like the new v3, v2 was awful)
Make a W7 System Repair Disc (Start/Search Backup and Restore)
(only for fixing boot problems, does not hold the operating system)
Also not that while W7 can also make images and backups, it is not my and others preference for many reasons.
Easeus now does both and incremental/differential backups.
Acronis True Image is widely recommended and will do same but you have to buy it.
Keeping a working image means you won't have to reinstall W7. You restore the image.
Don't overwrite it and make regular extra images.
Some of the extras can be deleted if you start getting short of space on the ext drive.
When I say "the disk that came with the laptop" it is not like previous original windows disk's I have had with computers, it is not covered with a hologram in fact it says BROTHER on it is this just a recovery dick as opposed to the full version of win 7? the laptop is a Medion.
Usually all that happens when you insert a recovery DVD is it brings up a menu to ask you what you want to do, Complete Recovery, Repair, Start Normally etc. etc.
If you want to see what's on the DVD that came with the laptop. Holding down the shift key stops it from Autorunning:
Hold down the shift key and put DVD in a pc - keep the shift key held down all the time until DVD drive activity stops - you can now browse the DVD contents and look at the files on it. (this is same as you would stop any CD/DVD from autorunning if you wanted to make a copy or look at files ect.)
Maybe someone with a Medion laptop will post to say what DVD they got with theirs.