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OEM windows?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Klo, 3 May 2006.

  1. Klo


    Joined: 20 Nov 2005

    Posts: 4,009

    Location: South East

    I wish to format my hard drive because I am going to upgrade. However, my computer came with windows pre-installed and I was given a windows disk. I don't think it is a recovery disk because when I run it, it gives me the option to install windows.

    I have the product activation key, but will windows accept after I have formatted as I already used it? Can I install windows at all?

    Sorry to ask such noobish questions, but at least I will know for future!!
  2. Pyrosoft


    Joined: 5 Feb 2004

    Posts: 342

    Location: Rotherham

    I can see no reason why it wouldnt work,if you have an original Disc, original CD Key then it should work.
    No difference between a freshy formatted disk and a brand spanking new disk.

    You're good to go I suggest :)
  3. Slam62


    Joined: 3 Jan 2006

    Posts: 7,859

    Location: Monaco

    The recoery disk i have boots up like a widows disc, just also installs some other stuff as well.
    So you'l be ok, if the worst happens, buy a new oem disc for £60
  4. fps133


    Joined: 14 Jan 2006

    Posts: 63

    It'll be fine
  5. Burnsy2023

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    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 36,636

    Location: Southampton, UK

    You won't have a problem. In the unlikely situation that it won't actiavte over the net, ring them up and explain your situation with the number provided.