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A problem came up with my computer that is either, pay someone to figure out what the issue is, or just erased the hard drive completely and start from scratch. But my question is, If I reinstall windows 7 on the same computer is the product code still assosiated with my computer? or do I need to reinput the product code? Ive already used my product code the amounts windows allows.

asked Jan 23 '12 at 17:41

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As long as it isn't blacklisted by Microsoft it's fine. I installed Vista on my Server PC dozens of times, and the OEM key I have from HP still goes through. You can still use the product key from the PC, don't worry. If it's a virus problem, Microsoft understands.

answered Jan 23 '12 at 18:08

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DJ Scooby Doo

Even if I format my hard drive? thats what im worried about if that product code has some form of file marker in my computer.

(Jan 23 '12 at 18:13) BlancoMexicanos BlancoMexicanos's gravatar image

Even if you format your hard drive, you can continue to use the same key as long as it is on the same computer. If for some reason when you go to activate Windows it says that it cant, instead of activating by internet say by phone, then just explain it to them. They will activate it for you.

(Jan 23 '12 at 20:00) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

OEM keys are permanently linked to the motherboard, so even if you swap your hard drive, it will still work.

(Jan 23 '12 at 20:02) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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