I have done that before if a system had to be reinstalled with a retail version that had already been activated, but as far as I know it is not legitimate if you do that with an OEM version. Could be wrong tho...thats my current understanding.
Ehren J. Benson, MCSE
Windows Systems Administrator
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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From: Ryan M. Finn [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 9:09 AM
To: Ehren Benson; [log in to unmask]
Subject: RE: Vista home premium oem disk
I've run into the same problem before with my mother's laptop. I was unsuccessful in finding an OEM disc, so I took a chance and installed the OS with a TechNet ISO and then called Microsoft to activate. After a surprisingly short phone call involving reading some codes to the machine operator at MS and entering some codes that were read back to me, I've now got the machine activated. It's an extra step, but it only took about 20 minutes and I'm pretty sure I wasted more time looking for the OEM disc in the first place.
Ryan M. Finn
Residential and Hospitality Services
Michigan State University
From: Ehren Benson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:33 PM
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Subject: [MSUNAG] Vista home premium oem disk
Does anyone have one of these I could borrow or get a copy of? Mother in law needs a reformat and lost the disk. Must be oem to work with the code.
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