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Using Dell OEM Vista installer to HP notebook RRS feed

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  • I just need some confirmation regarding Vista genuine validation process.

    We have a discussion in HP forum thread regarding genuine validation issues
    here:
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?board.id=Hardware&thread.id=10354

    A user of HP notebook has difficulties obtaining Vista recovery disk from HP, to cut long story short, He installed Vista with Dell Vista DVD installer that have the same version as his and use the product key from HP OEM COA. Online validation works without any problems and an other member also confirm it with her own experiences.

    As I read here and elsewhere, product key from COA needs offline activation, by phone if I'm not mistaken.

    I would like to ask a few questions:
    1. Do product key from OEM COA can be used for any Vista Installer? or only OEM Vista installer?
    2. Do validation process can now be done with online activation?
    3. Is it legal to use other OEM Vista DVD installer since there is a note something like "For distribution only with a new OEM name PC"

    Your answers would be valuable to our discussions.

    Monday, June 15, 2009 3:57 PM

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