Windows Vista Home Premium 64 OEM DVD?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by Justin, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Justin

    Justin Guest

    I just bought a HP laptop DV6700. It came with Windows Vista Home
    Premium 64 bit.
    The first thing I do when i get a retail PC is reformat so I don't have
    to deal with all the HP junk they put on it from the factory.
    So I went to Microsoft's site to order a $12.99 DVD with just plain ol
    Vista on it. I entered my Key and it tells me "no offer found."
    The first time I typed the key incorrectly and it said the key was
    invalid. Duh on my part. Why doesn't Microsoft want me to have a plain
    Jane copy of Vista?
    Justin, Nov 16, 2008
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  2. Justin

    DDW Guest

    You're giving the OEM key... MS doesn't play with OEM product.

    DDW, Nov 16, 2008
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  3. Justin

    Justin Guest

    So... I hit the torrents?
    Justin, Nov 16, 2008
  4. Justin

    Tom Ferguson Guest

    The key you have is only valid with the OEM media. If you don't have it, you
    will have to get one from HP.

    Alternately, you might be able to use Acronis or a similar utility set to
    recover or "unformat" the disk. Or, if you created the recovery disks, you
    can use those to recover the system.

    Plan "B" is to use a full retail version with a retail key.

    As for Torrents--not going there.
    Tom Ferguson, Nov 16, 2008
  5. Justin

    Justin Guest

    I don't want to do a recovery because that will but all the useless shit
    from HP on there - which is what I want to avoid.
    I made the recovery DVDs with no problem. I'll use them to restore the
    machine in a few years when I ebay it.
    I'm guessing HP won't sell me a normal DVD for Vista. I guess I'll just
    have to break the law. No big deal.
    Anyone know some good IRC search engines? Other than packetnews...
    Justin, Nov 16, 2008
  6. Justin

    Brian W Guest

    Do you know anyone with a Retail 64-bit DVD? All the DVD media is identical,
    it's the keys that determine what gets installed.
    Brian W, Nov 17, 2008
  7. Justin

    relic Guest

    relic, Nov 17, 2008
  8. Justin

    Justin Guest

    you are incorrect. I downloaded a 64 and 32 bit DVD image. The 32 bit
    OEM image downloaded first, so I tried that just to test - it worked
    fine. It accepted the key.
    Same thing with the 64 bit version, only I have the 64 bit version
    activated with Microsoft.
    Justin, Nov 19, 2008
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