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Changing Product key

by christy / March 22, 2011 12:24 PM PDT

I recently bought a brandnew laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium SP1[OEM]. I ran Belarc Advisor with the intention of saving licence numbers, and found out that the "Product key" reported for Windows Vista is different from that stated on the licence sticker at the bottom of the laptop. I have no doubt that my copy of Windows is genuine, but should the two sets of numbers be the same ? Or do I have to change it [re-activate ?] via the link provided at Properties[My Computer] ? What are the effects of changing and not changing it ? I have updated the OS to SP2 and install all the security patches without problems. Thanks.


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No need
by Jimmy Greystone / March 22, 2011 1:02 PM PDT
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There's no need for this. Your reinstall disc will automatically activate Windows, and enter in the license key, etc. So in the event you ever need to reinstall, it'll all be taken care of for you.

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There is no reason to change key
by lacsr / March 22, 2011 11:01 PM PDT
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Typically the key on the sticker has not been the one used to activate the OEM install. Manufacturers use a master OEM key for the particular version of the OS being installed. Using BelArc Advisor or Magic JellyBean to see the actual key will usually verify that. If the OS came installed from an OEM manufacturer, I see no reason to be concerned about that fact. If the OS came from a local shop and the sticker did not match the key, then I would ask the shop to explain.

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Yep, Sounds Normal...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 23, 2011 12:25 AM PDT
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As others have mentioned, the key number on the outside of the machine seldom match the OEM key used by the manufacturer. Save both key numbers for later use if necessary...

Hope this helps.


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