Can a Retail Copy of W7 be Used to Repair an OEM Installation?
Posted on 2012-04-07
I have an Acer desktop that had W7 pre-installed. Something in the OS is corrupted. My Acer has a System Restore disk - but I am 99% sure using it will effectively wipe my drive of all apps and data. The data is not an issue - I am backed up. I would prefer not starting from scratch.
I have read that there are ways to repair a W7 installation if you have a retail disk. I am considering buying an extra copy to use as a repair tool. If I buy a student version (cost around $70) can I use this as a repair tool for multiple W7 PCs that have home professional installed? All PCs have valid licenses - I just want to use the student copy as a repair tool.
Or, will Windows see that the serial numbers don't match and reject the repair? Also, will this method save my PC config?
Thanks so much! I have been banging my head on the wall for several days on this and really need to get it fixed.
PS. I have tried System Restore as well as Startup Repair - the problem remains. I took the PC into Frys (where I bought it) and they ran a complete h/w diagnostics - everything passed. They say something in Windows became corrupted.