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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:01 pm 
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Just making sure I can do this
If I pick up an ebay Thinkpad, sans OS and HD, but with COA sticker, I'll need to buy a HD/SSD, drop it in the caddy, drop the whole thing in, call up Lenovo, order recovery CDs and put that in and I'm done?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:16 pm 
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Depending on how old your 'new' Thinkpad will be, Lenovo might not sell any more Recovery CDs for your wanted model.
But put an ad in the Marketplace Forum (WTB = want to buy), specifying for what model and what OS.
Using official recovery CDs (or copies thereof) you don't need the COA of the laptop, those CDs have a built-in volume license.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:42 pm 
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Or, if you can borrow an OEM (OEM only, not retail, VL, etc.) XP disc, you can install a plain vanilla OS using the license key on the bottom. But, you will have to activate the OEM with Microsoft, and you don't have to with Recovery discs.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:36 am 
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Thanks
I'm considering an X61 of some sort


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:01 am 
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Have you seen this? viewtopic.php?f=11&t=94938

It's a pretty good deal considering the recent upgrades/new battery, etc. and seller's drop in original asking price

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:05 pm 
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RealBlackStuff wrote:
Using official recovery CDs (or copies thereof) you don't need the COA of the laptop, those CDs have a built-in volume license.

A Microsoft VLK licence requires that a genuine Microsoft COA with a unique key is attached to the device to be legal :idea:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:43 pm 
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bill bolton wrote:
A Microsoft VLK licence requires that a genuine Microsoft COA with a unique key is attached to the device to be legal :idea:

Yes but I think his point was that you don't need to enter the key with a recovery disk.
And technically it isn't a VLK but a pre-activated OEM key (still legally requires a CoA sticker).

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jdrou wrote:
And technically it isn't a VLK but a pre-activated OEM key (still legally requires a CoA sticker).

There is no such thing as a pre-activated OEM key. The factory image key used by Lenovo is a VLK associated with a SLIC (System Licensed Internal Code) in the BIOS...... all systems from the factory have the same key.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:32 pm 
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Yes all systems from the same vendor use the same key but it is still an OEM key; if you extract the key from a pre-installed XP system (using keyfinder etc.) you can use that key to install from a generic OEM CD. Volume license keys do not work on OEM CDs or vice versa.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:14 am 
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jdrou wrote:
pre-installed XP system

The target Thinkpad was nominated as an x61, which implies Vista. What you describe is simply wrong for Vista and Win 7.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:07 pm 
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bill bolton wrote:
The target Thinkpad was nominated as an x61, which implies Vista. What you describe is simply wrong for Vista and Win 7.

My X61 CTO came with XP but yes Vista/7 use a somewhat different system. I'm fairly certain that Vista/7 OEM SLP keys are still not volume license keys even though just like the XP OEM SLP keys they are used across all systems from the same vendor.

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