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Toshiba OEM Windows Vista Key RRS feed

  • Question

  • I bought a Toshiba notebook. It came with Product Recovery CD. On the other side of notebook I have COA.
    I want to do a clean install of Windows, but I cannot do this with Recovery CD (beacause it is only image of hard drive). And my question is:

    Do I can use a CD with Vista from Microsoft Academic Alliance (I am a student, so I can get it from my university), and do a clean install with it, using a key from COA from my notebook? Is it fully legal? I know, that it is technically possible, I have tried it.
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:48 PM

Answers

  • Tobol,


    Is the Recovery CD the one which you received with the Toshiba laptop or is it a different recovery disc?  If the recovery disc was for your particular make and model then you should be able to perform an image restoration with no problems. You shouldn't be required to use any product keys because manufacturers use an OEM SLP version which is tied to the particular system which is shipped. Should you need for some reason to use a product key then use the one which should be located on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker on the bottom of your laptop. You mention an Academic Alliance. This you will need to research the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) and the college staff if the rights are granted. If not usually colleges have discounted versions of software they sell @ the bookstore for students.


    Take care,


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager
    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:49 PM
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:49 PM
  • Tobol,


    Receiving legal advice/answers falls outside the support scope for the WGA Forum.  Questions regarding Software Licensing Terms can be found at the following link:


    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/default.aspx

    Volume licensing customers can use the Microsoft Volume Licensing site to find contact information in their locations. See the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.mspx  

    For additional information about Certificates of Authenticity (COA), see the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/default.aspx?displaylang=en

    Additional Information:

    For licensing questions, please call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.


    Hopefully this will point you in the right direction for getting your question resolved. 
    Thank you Tobol and have a great weekend.  


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager 


    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Wednesday, December 31, 2008 7:39 PM
    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 7:39 PM

All replies

  • Tobol,


    Is the Recovery CD the one which you received with the Toshiba laptop or is it a different recovery disc?  If the recovery disc was for your particular make and model then you should be able to perform an image restoration with no problems. You shouldn't be required to use any product keys because manufacturers use an OEM SLP version which is tied to the particular system which is shipped. Should you need for some reason to use a product key then use the one which should be located on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker on the bottom of your laptop. You mention an Academic Alliance. This you will need to research the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) and the college staff if the rights are granted. If not usually colleges have discounted versions of software they sell @ the bookstore for students.


    Take care,


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager
    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:49 PM
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:49 PM
  • I know, that I will not have to input the key.
    I want to do a clean install, without all added Toshiba software, and obsolete drivers. And I am looking for the answer for my question (if it is legal)  for 2 weeks, I called Toshiba and Microsoft, and I had got different answers - once I get answer that I can use the MSDNAA disc, then  when I called second time I heard, that I have to use the Recovery CD... So I am looking for answer here, from people who are "in it". And is it possible to get a confirmation about legality of this solution "on paper"?
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:15 PM
  • Tobol,


    Receiving legal advice/answers falls outside the support scope for the WGA Forum.  Questions regarding Software Licensing Terms can be found at the following link:


    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/default.aspx

    Volume licensing customers can use the Microsoft Volume Licensing site to find contact information in their locations. See the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.mspx  

    For additional information about Certificates of Authenticity (COA), see the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/default.aspx?displaylang=en

    Additional Information:

    For licensing questions, please call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.


    Hopefully this will point you in the right direction for getting your question resolved. 
    Thank you Tobol and have a great weekend.  


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager 


    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Wednesday, December 31, 2008 7:39 PM
    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 7:39 PM