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Windows OEMact Vista keys

Discussion in 'Software' started by mrbungle, 2 Jul 2009.

  1. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Acer one this.

    No system disc and restore partition is down the spout.

    Have a genuine oem disk and it wont take the key on the lappy.

    What is a OEMact key and does it mean i need a acer specific disc?

    Its so hard to stay legit sometimes :grr:
     
  2. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    OEM disk for what brand? The disk has to be the exact one matching the OEM serial key. You cannot use a Dell OEM disk on an ACER computer for example, even if it installs ok.

    So yes, you need an ACER disk - probably not any old one so you may have to contact ACER for a new disk.

    That's why I hate restore partitions - why not just put it on disc!

    Oh, OEMACT stands for Original Equipment Manufacture Activation Control Technology - a way of assigning activation keys to specifiec builds by manufacturers. Pretty much the same as OEM but restricted to the manufacturer.
     
  3. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    General OEM disk like you would get from scan/overclocker etc not branded to anyone.

    Have the dell version (I own a Inspiron 1720 and Dell give you the partition AND discs) but no Acer one to hand.

    This stinks, Acer want money for the Discs.

    Add to the fact that eventhough the spec of the lappy is great it runs like arse.

    Acer are so crap :grr:
     
  4. Ransoman

    Ransoman New Member

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    Acer are rubbish. 100% failure rate when we bought some in for our company (we trialed 3, all broke within 6 months). And the support line are appalling!

    But yes, you get Non branded OEM disks and Branded OEM disks. The label on the base of the laptop gives this away and no other branded disk will work with that product key.
     
  5. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    if it lets you install without a key, do that. then ring MS during the activation process.
     
  6. BentAnat

    BentAnat Software Dev

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    OEM edition Vista can not be installed on more than one system. It's designed to go out to Manufacturers like Dell. They set up the rig, and go "here, have a windows DVD". the moment you buy a new PC, new Windows needs to be acquired as well... hence OEM being cheaper.
     

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