Vista Clean Install with offline OEM activation

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  1. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    Give a try to the "ABR" utility in linked to in the clean install guide in my sig. That should let you backup the oemcert without having to download it from anywhere.

    Please let me know if it works for you! Thanks :)
     
  2. jd1010

    jd1010 Notebook Evangelist

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    Can people who did a clean install comment on how many processes they had running after installing all the drivers and all your programs.
     
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    gearbolt Newbie

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    A clean install of Vista ultimate 32 bit has a bout 45 processes running
     
  4. jd1010

    jd1010 Notebook Evangelist

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    I keep getting a windows script host error.

    It says

    "Run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0x4c' to display the error
    Error: 0x4c:

    Anybody know what this is? I went to the OEMBIOS Repository to download the file. I need some serious help with this

    NM: I finally got it. It was because I created a user account.
     
  5. jmphillips

    jmphillips Newbie

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    A few questions for those who might know...

    1) Is the file "lenovo.oemcert.100036.xrm-ms" valid for ***ALL*** Lenovo systems, specifically, will it work for a clean install on the NEW Lenovo X61 Tablet?

    1) If I do a clean install on the X61 how does this affect the hidden R-N-R partition. I am assuming it will remain intact unless you re-partition/re-format the entire drive correct? Keeping it intact might be a good idea, no???

    2) What files, if any, (Drivers, Software...etc...) should be backed up off the original pre-load hard drive before doing a clean install. In other words, is there anything that you CAN'T get back that you might need/want if you clean install unless you back it up or is it all available on Lenovo's website?

    Any other information specific to a clean install on a Lenovo X61 Tablet would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance...
     
  6. Wh1t3w0lf

    Wh1t3w0lf Notebook Enthusiast

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    1. It is global and will work for all systems. Microsoft can't just issue a new certificate everytime a company releases a new model.

    2. Yes it will remain intact. And keeping it is just a matter of preference, some people want the added reassurance that if something happens with their new install they can quickly recover even if they don't carry the recovery discs or the original os media with them.

    3. Everything that is important and lies on the recovery partition can be found in Lenovo's website, and it will most likely be at a newer version. Don't use old software, drivers etc from the recovery partition. So in short, you don't really need to keep anything.

    Note1: Some 3rd party bloatware (like google desktop) won't be downloadable from Lenovo. I supposed nobody needs the bloatware and even if you do you can get it from the creator of it.
    Note2: The Lenovo wallpapers can only be found on the recovery partition. If you need them back them up!
     
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    jgiordano Notebook Enthusiast

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    If anyone needs a 64bit anytime upgrade I have 2 extra sealed. PM Me
     
  8. ThinkPadous

    ThinkPadous Newbie

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    Sorry, probably I misunderstood something or just my poor English.. but with me Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder reports the same OEM product key as the one from the sticker under my lap top.. Should I just key in that? :confused:

    I should probably add here that I go for clean install because my new ThinkPad came with Vista Business 32 in English (which I payed extra 90euro for) but (obviously) improperly installed over the factory preinstalled German version. That causes lots of incenveniances (twise calling Microsoft for activation.., the system does not remember my settings, Password Manager makes multipe entries for ane and the same PW, etc)
    Now I am expecting CDs sent from the shop with the English version which I intend to use for my clean install. I guess the hidden partition keeps the original German version which is of no use for me at all. Am I right?

    Any suggestion what is the best approach in this case? Thanks in advance.
     
  9. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    Because they did a manual installation on top of the already installed OEM version, the method described here will not work for you. Even though you have an OEM version, it is not the right kind of OEM that will benefit from this procedure. :(
     
  10. ThinkPadous

    ThinkPadous Newbie

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    Thanks a lot orev for the prompt reply.
    If am getting you right - I will still have to format C, install whatever they have sent, key in the OEM product key from the sticker under the laptop (or the key that will come together with CDs..??) and I can not avoid callig Microsoft for the activation again, right?
    Thank you.
     
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