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I have an old gateway that needs a new mobo and hard drive. I want to reinstall the vista key that came with it on a new drive. Now to pull the product key using magicaljellybean, I have to do it in another computer. I was reading this artical, it says "to check a dead Windows install, from the menu choose "Load Hive" and point it at the Windows installation directory."

So where is this insallation directory I need to load on the old drive? I read in another artical that the oem product key may not be the real one. How will I know.
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An old gateway is probably OEM... And Windows is just on C: on the old drive
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I have an old gateway that needs a new mobo and hard drive. I want to reinstall the vista key that came with it on a new drive. Now to pull the product key using magicaljellybean, I have to do it in another computer. I was reading this artical, it says "to check a dead Windows install, from the menu choose "Load Hive" and point it at the Windows installation directory."

So where is this insallation directory I need to load on the old drive? I read in another artical that the oem product key may not be the real one. How will I know.
You just point it to the drive or partition where windows was installed. Like your old C:\\.
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So its not a deep folder in the file system?
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So its not a deep folder in the file system?
Shouldnt be
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So its not a deep folder in the file system?
No. It's just needing the boot drive so it can access the registry and retrieve the key from the key it's stored in.
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Originally Posted by Mugen87 View Post
I have an old gateway that needs a new mobo and hard drive. I want to reinstall the vista key that came with it on a new drive. Now to pull the product key using magicaljellybean, I have to do it in another computer. I was reading this artical, it says "to check a dead Windows install, from the menu choose "Load Hive" and point it at the Windows installation directory."

So where is this insallation directory I need to load on the old drive? I read in another artical that the oem product key may not be the real one. How will I know.
Like others have said, it shouldn't be necessary ... but, if you do want to re-install or something you can retrieve your existing product key with this free utility: http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/.../winproductkey.

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Will be installing the drive now
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OEM windows keys are linked to the motherboard of the computer they are installed on. replacing the motherboard of a computer means you are legally supposed to buy windows.
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actually, OEM versions are linked to any piece of hardware that was purchased with it............. so if you transferred any peice of hardware from your old rig ( like, say, a CD drive ), you are legally entitled to still use that version of Windows.
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