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using a windows oem for a brand name computer?

by mko / October 23, 2013 8:38 AM PDT

if i get a brand name computer (it's a lenovo or hp) and it doesn't come with a recovery disk, can i use a windows oem disk if need be in the future. or do the lenovos and hp's have a recovery wizard to create a disk kit.

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Most computers...
by Dafydd Forum moderator / October 23, 2013 8:43 AM PDT

...come with a recovery disc wizard these day. Make one and then make a copy of that.


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Same issues as before.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 23, 2013 8:44 AM PDT

I'm going to shortchange you here but the OEM licenses are pretty finicky. That is, while it is possible to use an OEM license that has not been tied to some machine you also run the risk of learning how hard it is to get Windows all setup as good as the stock supplied version.

Very few come with recovery disks but supply a means to make a set then you are free to duplicate those for safety.

Is there a reason you want to test your patience?

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You usually have that option a time of purchase and I
by VAPCMD / October 23, 2013 9:39 AM PDT

recommend you take advantage of it. You can do it later but it's more hassle then.


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You really don't want to do that.
by wpgwpg / October 23, 2013 9:44 AM PDT

Brand name computers have a procedure for creating your recovery discs for FREE. That will save you $100 for an OEM disc. Secondly, if you were to install from an OEM disc, you'd need to get all the device drivers and helper apps you need; and that is a perilous pursuit. What you REALLY need to do is to invest $70 or so on an external hard drive, and get a good 3rd party backup/restore program like the FREE Easeus Todo Backup Free which you can download from . That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.

Good luck.

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You can use the OEM or full retail for limited purposes
by Steven Haninger / October 23, 2013 6:43 PM PDT

I have used such to access console for repair purposes but not for complete installations. FWIW, the factory images on Windows PCs will have a product ID code and it's not a bad idea to have that code printed out. Some PCs (laptops mainly) are no longer coming with the code clearly visible. I use a small utility (google "magic jellybean keyfinder") to search for and print the MS product ID codes for the OS, Office, etc. Keep those aside if you have a sticker and it becomes unreadable or damaged.

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