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Reinstall OEM version?

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James Ivey

#1
I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.

I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.

Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?

James
 

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Tom Porterfield

#2
James Ivey wrote:
> I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.
>
> I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.
>
> Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?


On the same PC? Yes.
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Tom Porterfield
 

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HEMI-Powered

#3
Today, James Ivey made these interesting comments ...

> I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.
>
> I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.


why on God's Green Earth do you do this???

> Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?
>
> James

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James Ivey

#4
Thanks Tom,

What is the Activation tied to? harddrive Volume ID? Motherboard?

In other words, say I install a new harddrive and want to install Vista on
the new drive, will it let me?

I guess what I'm asking is, what constitutes a "new PC" in the OEM Vista
world?

James


"Tom Porterfield" <tpporter@mvps.org> wrote in message
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> James Ivey wrote:
>> I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.
>>
>> I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.
>>
>> Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?

>
> On the same PC? Yes.
> --
> Tom Porterfield
 

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James Ivey

#5
I'm in Tech Support and like to keep my skills sharp. Plus I really like the
feeling of a nice, clean box. Kinda like detailing your car.

James

"HEMI-Powered" <none@none.sn> wrote in message
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> why on God's Green Earth do you do this???
 

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#6
Everything I've heard said it's tied to the motherboard. But that's
fourth-hand info coming from me, so don't depend on that.
I think you can even change CPUs to the same motherboard without having an
activation problem.


"James Ivey" <fake@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> Thanks Tom,
>
> What is the Activation tied to? harddrive Volume ID? Motherboard?
>
> In other words, say I install a new harddrive and want to install Vista on
> the new drive, will it let me?
>
> I guess what I'm asking is, what constitutes a "new PC" in the OEM Vista
> world?
>
> James
>
>
> "Tom Porterfield" <tpporter@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:OKt117EeHHA.4468@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>> James Ivey wrote:
>>> I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.
>>>
>>> I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.
>>>
>>> Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?

>>
>> On the same PC? Yes.
>> --
>> Tom Porterfield

>
>
 

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Frankster

#7
If you are using a "branded" OEM disk (such as Dell, Compaq, HP, etc.), you
can normally reinstall on the same PC as many times as you like with
automatic activation. However, if you are using a generic OEM disk, the
second and subsequent times you use the OEM license key, you will be
required to call MS to activate. You will be given the phone number during
the installation. No big deal, 15 minutes. As long as you always reinstall
on the same machine you'll be good.

-Frank

"James Ivey" <fake@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> I'm in Tech Support and like to keep my skills sharp. Plus I really like
> the feeling of a nice, clean box. Kinda like detailing your car.
>
> James
>
> "HEMI-Powered" <none@none.sn> wrote in message
> news:Xns990A602E6E65AReplyScoreID@216.168.3.30...
>> why on God's Green Earth do you do this???

>
>
 

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James Ivey

#8
Thanks DP. Appreciate the response.

James

"DP" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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>
> Everything I've heard said it's tied to the motherboard. But that's
> fourth-hand info coming from me, so don't depend on that.
> I think you can even change CPUs to the same motherboard without having an
> activation problem.
>
>
> "James Ivey" <fake@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
> news:uLddc$EeHHA.4308@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Thanks Tom,
>>
>> What is the Activation tied to? harddrive Volume ID? Motherboard?
>>
>> In other words, say I install a new harddrive and want to install Vista
>> on the new drive, will it let me?
>>
>> I guess what I'm asking is, what constitutes a "new PC" in the OEM Vista
>> world?
>>
>> James
>>
>>
>> "Tom Porterfield" <tpporter@mvps.org> wrote in message
>> news:OKt117EeHHA.4468@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>>> James Ivey wrote:
>>>> I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.
>>>>
>>>> I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.
>>>>
>>>> Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?
>>>
>>> On the same PC? Yes.
>>> --
>>> Tom Porterfield

>>
>>

>
 

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James Ivey

#9
Thank you Frank. Appreciate the info. Its a "retail" OEM version. I
bought it at Fry's Electronics (retail store). Guess I'll be doing the
15-minute Activation. No big deal.

Thanks again.

James

"Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message
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> If you are using a "branded" OEM disk (such as Dell, Compaq, HP, etc.),
> you can normally reinstall on the same PC as many times as you like with
> automatic activation. However, if you are using a generic OEM disk, the
> second and subsequent times you use the OEM license key, you will be
> required to call MS to activate. You will be given the phone number during
> the installation. No big deal, 15 minutes. As long as you always reinstall
> on the same machine you'll be good.
>
> -Frank
>
> "James Ivey" <fake@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
> news:u9EXoCFeHHA.4172@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>> I'm in Tech Support and like to keep my skills sharp. Plus I really like
>> the feeling of a nice, clean box. Kinda like detailing your car.
>>
>> James
>>
>> "HEMI-Powered" <none@none.sn> wrote in message
>> news:Xns990A602E6E65AReplyScoreID@216.168.3.30...
>>> why on God's Green Earth do you do this???

>>
>>

>
 

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Frank Pedersen

#10
"James Ivey" <fake@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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>I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.
>
> I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.
>
> Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?
>
> James
>


And why do you need to activate then? You know you can run Vista for 120
days without activating.
 

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#11
"Frank Pedersen" <fp@aol.com> wrote in message
>
> And why do you need to activate then? You know you can run Vista for 120
> days without activating.
>

But aren't some features crippled until it's activated?
 

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MICHAEL

#12
"DP" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message news:%23dOGXjFeHHA.3536@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>
> "Frank Pedersen" <fp@aol.com> wrote in message
>>
>> And why do you need to activate then? You know you can run Vista for 120
>> days without activating.
>>

> But aren't some features crippled until it's activated?


Absolutely not.


-Michael
 

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#13
"MICHAEL" <u158627_emr2@dslr.net> wrote in message
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> "DP" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:%23dOGXjFeHHA.3536@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>>
>> "Frank Pedersen" <fp@aol.com> wrote in message
>>>
>>> And why do you need to activate then? You know you can run Vista for 120
>>> days without activating.
>>>

>> But aren't some features crippled until it's activated?

>
> Absolutely not.
>


Help file says: "You have 30 days after installing Windows to activate it
online or by telephone. If this 30-day period expires before you complete
activation, some Windows features will stop working until you activate your
copy of Windows."

Note the phrase, "some Windows features will stop working."

Of interest to the OP, I also found this: "You can reinstall Windows on the
same computer as many times as you want because activation pairs the Windows
product key with information about your computer's hardware. If you make a
significant hardware change, you might have to activate Windows again."
 

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HEMI-Powered

#14
Today, James Ivey made these interesting comments ...

> I'm in Tech Support and like to keep my skills sharp. Plus I
> really like the feeling of a nice, clean box. Kinda like
> detailing your car.
>
> James


Sounds like you have too much time on your hands, but if that's
what you like, go for it. But, it isn't at all like detailing a
car. What you're doing is more like taking the car completely apart
and reinstalling the very latest in parts then reassembling it.
That's also OK but seems senseless to me if the car - or your PC -
is running just fine.

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James Ivey

#15
Thanks DP.

James


"DP" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> "MICHAEL" <u158627_emr2@dslr.net> wrote in message
> news:OZBRonFeHHA.4964@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>>
>> "DP" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23dOGXjFeHHA.3536@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>>>
>>> "Frank Pedersen" <fp@aol.com> wrote in message
>>>>
>>>> And why do you need to activate then? You know you can run Vista for
>>>> 120 days without activating.
>>>>
>>> But aren't some features crippled until it's activated?

>>
>> Absolutely not.
>>

>
> Help file says: "You have 30 days after installing Windows to activate it
> online or by telephone. If this 30-day period expires before you complete
> activation, some Windows features will stop working until you activate
> your copy of Windows."
>
> Note the phrase, "some Windows features will stop working."
>
> Of interest to the OP, I also found this: "You can reinstall Windows on
> the same computer as many times as you want because activation pairs the
> Windows product key with information about your computer's hardware. If
> you make a significant hardware change, you might have to activate Windows
> again."
>
>
>
>
>
>
 

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MICHAEL

#16
"DP" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message news:O70MfvFeHHA.3996@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> "MICHAEL" <u158627_emr2@dslr.net> wrote in message
> news:OZBRonFeHHA.4964@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>>
>> "DP" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23dOGXjFeHHA.3536@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>>>
>>> "Frank Pedersen" <fp@aol.com> wrote in message
>>>>
>>>> And why do you need to activate then? You know you can run Vista for 120
>>>> days without activating.
>>>>
>>> But aren't some features crippled until it's activated?

>>
>> Absolutely not.
>>

>
> Help file says: "You have 30 days after installing Windows to activate it
> online or by telephone. If this 30-day period expires before you complete
> activation, some Windows features will stop working until you activate your
> copy of Windows."
>
> Note the phrase, "some Windows features will stop working."
>
> Of interest to the OP, I also found this: "You can reinstall Windows on the
> same computer as many times as you want because activation pairs the Windows
> product key with information about your computer's hardware. If you make a
> significant hardware change, you might have to activate Windows again."


To get 120 days of "grace" requires an elevated command prompt
and entering 'slmgr -rearm' toward the end of each 30 day period.
You have your initial "grace period" of 30 days, and then you can use
'slmgr -rearm' three times to extend the grace period for a total of 120 days.
There is an additional method that can actually extend that, too.
That info is also in this newsgroup.

If a user goes past the grace period, Vista will enter "Reduced Functionality Mode".
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925582
The behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista.

So long as a user is within the "grace period", *all* features work
and you may also download *all* updates.


-Michael
 

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Bruce Chambers

#17
"James Ivey" <fake@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> I'm in Tech Support and like to keep my skills sharp.



OK, I'll bite. How does repeatedly performing the same mind-numbingly
simple task over and over again keep your "skills sharp?" Such unnecessary,
repetitive drudgery usually has just the opposite affect on most people.



>Plus I really like the feeling of a nice, clean box. Kinda like detailing
>your car.
>


Which doesn't normally entail scrapping the car and building a new one
every few weeks.
 

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Michael Price

#18
Why don't you build it clean, get it setup with office etc... Activate it
and then clone it or back it up with the system backup tool.

Every time you did a restore it would think it was already activated.



"James Ivey" <fake@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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>I bought an OEM version of Home Premium.
>
> I like to format my harddrive every couple of months and reload.
>
> Will I be able to reinstall Vista multiple times?
>
> James
>
 

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