Re: Vista OEM & "Repair install"
OEM version can do repair install...........It also has the "recovery
It has everything a non OEM version has...........except the installation
needs a drive with no OS on it.
"Marcus" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>- I've posted a similar question in the .general group without a sure
>answer so I'm posting it here . -
> I'm going to buy a new laptop that sports a Windows Vista Home Premium
> edition I persoanlly dislike. Unfortunatelly there's no way to "customize"
> the lappy's operating system
> befor buying it. (Asus)
> As a result, to keep costs low, I thought I could buy a separate Windows
> Vista Ultimate generic-OEM disc + license, and reinstall from scratch.
> Perfectly reasonable and legal. Technically acheivable.
> Till here no problem, apart from the only big OEM constrain: license is
> married for ever with the same PC.
> That wouldn't be a great problem, I've never "moved" my XP license to
> another computer.
> Now my worry: what happens if you need to "freshen" your install? Will it
> work with the OEM disk or not?
> What I mean with "freshen"?
> A little step back: in Windows XP it is possible to boot from CD and ask
> to repair an installation; at that point, setup performs a "refresh"
> install, that is it recognizes the previous install on the hard disk and
> restores missing files and settings. I did this task many times on my PC.
> I think it is a very important feature, 'cause this kind of operation
> saves you from reinstalling from scratch again, loosing big amounts of
> It would be crazy for MS to disallow "repair" installs in OEM installs....
> Can someone help?