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Old 04-05-2007, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been repairing PC's for awhile now. I recently got my A+ 2006 and decided to throw a few business cards around and maybe list myself in the phone book. Before I do that though, there is still one thing I'm not sure of.

If Windows needs to be reinstalled on a customer's computer and they lost their restore disk, what do you do? Is it legal for me to use my own OEM copy and just change the product key to the one that matches the sticker on their case? Or do I have to obtain a restore disk from the manufacturer?
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the cd itself is useless and it is legit to use the key on their case with yours our cd
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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only thing is many certs don't know how to really do the myriad reinstalls to match the key...it can be a nightmare, lol

I recently did a rebuild of one of my HPs who's recovery partition evidently had a corrupted file. I turned in on and noticed one of those recovered segments in there and deleted it. Needless to say, the HP recovery did not work because it halted at one file...it installed fine, but not on reboot.

So I created a WinXP install, and got it to work with this computers legit key...I think that is key...no pun intended.
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