Can I use Windows 7 OEM Key with a non-OEM disc?

I just had to use the restore DVDs to restore my dads pc. Then I had to remove all the crapware that comes bundled.

Will an OEM key work on a Non-OEM disc? His machine has the standard sticker with the key on it. I have a non-OEM disc. I figure next time a clean install would be faster since I wont need to remove the crapware,

Of course, afterwards I would image the drive to make my own restore disc.

Yes, it will work.  A generic Windows 7 DVD has the ability to unlock the OEM license if you use an OEM license.
Carey Frisch
Windows Expert - Consumer

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Last updated March 25, 2020 Views 150,847 Applies to: