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O/S Product Key

I can't remember but at what stage does an O/S install/restore ask for the Product Key? Is it before any partitioning/formatting or any deleting takes place? If the Product Key is incorrect will it be possible to return the O/S back to what it was? windows ask product key for windows vista home basic when started

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