05-07-2011 01:43 PM
Thanks Jerry for the help,now my question i have downloaded an ISO copy of windows so i have a disc if i ever need to use it,can i use my original windows key if i reformat my hard drive useing the ISO copy,i could be wrong but something tells i can't.
05-07-2011 01:55 PM
Your guess is correct. The OEM and retail product codes are different. Since the OEM version that you restore is preactivated, the code on the label is essentially useless.
If you want to activate a retail copy based on the Windows that you already paid for, you need to use the existing activation. It will work only on the exact version you have.
05-09-2011 12:15 PM
Yes, the iso file burns a retail installation DVD. If it's exactly the same version of Windows, ABR will activate it.
But you're usually better off restoring the hard disk to its original out-of-the-box contents using Toshiba recovery media. That will put all the drivers and utilities back. Otherwise, you need to reinstall them all. And this needs no activation.
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