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Hi, I'm looking to reinstall Windows 7 HP 64-bit. I have made a Windows 7 Install disk via a USB and am just checking I have my product key handy. However the sticker on the bottom of my laptop displays a different key to the one using a key finder.
I'm aware that this is due to OEM, but my machine didn't ship with any recovery disks. Am I going to have an issue when it comes to inputting the product key?
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I have a HP desktop system. You can use the method outlined by lotvic.The OEM code found by your keyfinder should activate automatically - check in properties when complete. However,when I reinstalled Win7 64bit home premium I decided to reinstall it using a Win7 installation available from Microsoft free of charge as an iso download from which I created a bootable installation disk.I did this because I had installed a new SSD to contain the OS. In this case I needed used the code on the label attached to the pc but it might have been possible to use the OEM key but not sure about that.
The version of Windows pre-installed on the unit is a special build version which uses a bulk key pre/auto-registered. The manufacturers of these devices do not install a separate licence on each PC, but merely install a pre-configured image onto the disk which then uses the bulk key (i.e. the key in all of the images copied on to all of the PCs is the same) - this is the key you will have found using key finder.
If you want to re-install Windows yourself from a DVD / USB (whether bought or burnt from an ISO file) you cannot use the bulk key as it will not match the build of the operating system that you have on DVD / USB. So you have to use the one off the CoA sticker on the device (that's what it is there for - it is YOUR licence key). As long as the you are installing the same operating system (e.g Windows 7) as previously installed the key should work (I believe it doesn't even mind if you switch from 32 bit to 64 bit or vice versa).
But as other have said - you might want to consider restoring from a recovery partition / disk first if you can.
As long as the you are installing the same operating system (e.g Windows 7 Home Premium) as previously installed the CoA key should work (I believe it doesn't even mind if you switch from 32 bit to 64 bit or vice versa).
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