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  # 664362 31-Jul-2012 08:44
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freitasm: You go to Dick Smith and buy a USB memory key of 16GB.


The penny drops.  I know them as USB sticks or USB drives. The term "key" was confusing me as I was linking the term to a product key or unlock code.

So the process is pretty much as I expected it was using the software like Recover Manager.



Technofreak:  Also I'm assuming that when you create the backup USB not only are you able to reecoved the OS but also any OEM supplied software like MS Office?
 


 
freitasm:If the software is part of the PC when you bought it then it should be in the recovery image created. HOWEVER, most of the PCs I've seen come with Office Starter. If you are not running Office Starter I'd suspect it installed after by someone. 


What I was referring to here was the likes of Office Starter.  However it is my understanding that the full Office suite is preloaded and the level of functionality unlocked depends on the product unlock key that is used.




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  # 664382 31-Jul-2012 09:47
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I'm pretty sure Office Starter is a full install of Office, just locked right down until you put in a key from a purchased version of Office. In this case, the preloaded image will have this and if you need to reimage your laptop, you just re-enter your purchased office key after the reimage has completed.



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trig42: I'm pretty sure Office Starter is a full install of Office, just locked right down until you put in a key from a purchased version of Office. In this case, the preloaded image will have this and if you need to reimage your laptop, you just re-enter your purchased office key after the reimage has completed.


That's what I kind of figured.  Thanks




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