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Activate windows 7 online check box


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#1 acerts04

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:50 PM

Hey everyone, i was curious about when doing a clean install of windows on an OEM machine, (using a disc burned iso image). should you insert the COA sticker key and leave the checkbox of automatically activate windows 7 while online box? I heard that may not work. Or should you just leave the box checked and not insert a key? I have also been told to not check that box at all. I know about backing up activation and what not, but im asking in a hypthetical situation if windows would not boot at all. What would you do to activate an OEM machine? It all has me bit confused whether you need to insert a key AND check that box, or you can insert a key without checking the box and vice versa. Any help is appreciated


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:41 AM

Any .iso image of Windows 7...is bound to be an illegal effort.  Any website that claims otherwise....ought to be able to provide guidance for installing/using said download of Windowsl...thereby answering your question.

 

You take the basic risks of malware and other system misfortunes...when using such illegal downloads, obviously...since you don't know who prepared the .iso file and what else may have been inserted into the .iso.

 

OEMs use recovery partitions and disks...to provide their customers with the capability of reinstalling Windows.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 13 October 2013 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 12:37 PM

louis, thanks for your reply and input. i burned the iso from a retail copy of windows 7, so i do know that it is safe.  i was just kind of looking for some guidance on the activation checkbox, is it good to leave that left checked? or better to leave it unchecked and activate later on.

 

a question about what you said though, i have read and heard from members on here that digitalriver is a safe place to get windows 7 iso from. they are free but without valid product keys they are worthless

 

thank you


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 05:36 PM

<<...is it good to leave that left checked? or better to leave it unchecked and activate later on.>>

 

I don't believe it matters one bit.

 

If the O/S being installed...has the generic drivers for the NIC...it will activate immediately.

 

If the NIC drivers are not accessible immediately...Windows will give you the PA nag screen.

 

The difference is a matter of minutes...since a user WILL have to activate and in order to activate, the NIC drivers must be installed.

 

Unless a user wants to do a telephonic activation.

 

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