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I have an OEM machine with one of those stickers with a product key on it, but the machine itself never came with a disk to reformat the computer with. I want to start over again with a fresh install.

If I were to go out and buy a W7 disk, could I install it on that computer and use the key on the sticker?

Thanks.
post #2 of 13
You can do and it will work, I have re-installed windows on my laptop with a borrowed home-premium disc. Of course if you go and buy one it will mean paying for another CD key as well, so I would hope that you would have somewhere to use that one.
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post #3 of 13
Most license keys are locked to OEM media, so you wouldnt be able to download a version of w7 and use your key unless it came from your OEM and was used for your computers. Sadly I had the same problem with my old Acer Aspire laptop, didn't come with restore CDs, only restore partition and the HDD crapped out and Acer tried charging me $75 for new CDs even after explaining that I do not need a new key, just the media.
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Originally Posted by Pavix View Post
Most license keys are locked to OEM media, so you wouldnt be able to download a version of w7 and use your key unless it came from your OEM and was used for your computers. Sadly I had the same problem with my old Acer Aspire laptop, didn't come with restore CDs, only restore partition and the HDD crapped out and Acer tried charging me $75 for new CDs even after explaining that I do not need a new key, just the media.
Oh right!

I have a restore partition!!!

How can I access this and use it to reformat on a Asus laptop?
post #5 of 13
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Most license keys are locked to OEM media, so you wouldnt be able to download a version of w7 and use your key unless it came from your OEM and was used for your computers. Sadly I had the same problem with my old Acer Aspire laptop, didn't come with restore CDs, only restore partition and the HDD crapped out and Acer tried charging me $75 for new CDs even after explaining that I do not need a new key, just the media.
Not true, I have installed from retail media with an OEM key before and it has activated and it works. You may have to activate over the phone though.

EDIT: As for the restore partition, I can't tell you EXACTLY how to do it, but there should be an option to load the restore during startup or in the BIOS somewhere before it gets to loading windows.
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Opening screen should give bios options like setup, or recovery. Depends. What model asus?
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Opening screen should give bios options like setup, or recovery. Depends. What model asus?

It's a ROG G53.
post #8 of 13
try F12 or F10 as you reboot your comp.
post #9 of 13
Maybe I am wrong about this, but every laptop I have used/owned/setup in the last few years has allowed you to make installation/recovery disks. This way you have a back up to the install partition if something ever happened to it. Might check on making those recovery disks as well.
    
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try F12 or F10 as you reboot your comp.
Actually I think it's F8.
    
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