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Missing COA Sticker - Acer Aspire


onthelimit1

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Windows 7 laptop. Failed HDD, no recovery discs and sticker rubbed. Assume I will have to buy a key. Have Googled, but would prefer personal recommendation as to where to buy a genuine key at a sensible price. Thanks

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Secret-Squirrel

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onthelimit1, when you get a replacement drive fitted, you may want to try here and order the genuine Acer recovery media for your customer's laptop. At least that way you'll get a legitimate version of Windows and it'll install all the necessary drivers and original applications (such as Office Starter 2010 if it was pre-loaded). Unfortunately the link is for the US Acer site but it may work just fine after you enter the laptop's serial number.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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you will need to clone the drive not copy it

try cloning the whole drive to a be new one

or first try this to extract the key from the drive in the caddy

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Woolwell

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The UK Acer operations may also be able to provide discs UK Store contact

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onthelimit1

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Thanks all. I'll try the Acer recovery route on Monday.

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rdave13

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Cheaper way to go, as it worked for me, but you end up with a different Windows, is to download the appropriate win 7 iso, 32 or 64-bit for your machine (see lotvic's link). Install as a trial (no key). Buy the upgrade Win 8 on that machine, it will automatically download 32 or 64-bit version. If the machine is 64-bit capable then install Win 7 64-bit (important) first. Select Win 8 to install later and to burn an iso image. The email will give the key. Cost about £29 with VAT. Win 8 is basically 7 with allowances for touch screens and apps. Still 7 on the desktop with a different start.

Worth thinking about.

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onthelimit1

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Thanks Dave - didn't realise it could be made to look like W7.

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