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Re: No need to key in product key during windows 7 reinstallation?

OEM refers to a disounted version of the software when purchased pre-installed on a machine (OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer - are companies like Dell, HP, and Acer that build PC's and pre-install Windows on them).  Most OEM installation disks have a generic Product Key that is automatically activated on installation.  This means that the Key used to activate - if you were to pull it out using third-party software - it would not match the Key on the sticker on your computer.  The actual Key used to activate is not important, as the sticker on the side of your computer is your license - your right to use the software.

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