Clean OEM Windows 7 installation on Laptop
I'm thinking about getting a new laptop for home, probably a Toshiba, with Windows 7 Pro 64bit. I dislike all the extras that come bundled with laptops so would like to remove the hard drive (even before turning it on) and replace it with a comparable SATA II then do a clean installation of the same version of the OS from an OEM installation disk, using the key that will be stuck to the underside of the laptop.
I have three questions:
1. Will this contravene any licencing or other regulations?
2. Will the installation accept the 25-character key during the installation?
3. Will the online activation process work as normal?
I have heard of this all working without any problems with Windows XP but don't know if any of the procedures have changed with Windows 7. I know that I could go through the laborious process of uninstalling all the trial versions of the various software packages but I feel that my approach would be more straightforward. Finally, I would keep the original hard drive safe, just in case the laptop had to go back to the manufacturer under warranty.
Thanks in advance.