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#16 Aura

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 02:48 PM

You can only download a legitimate Windows 7 .iso from MSDN (if you have an account there) or the Microsoft Software Recovery Center by providing a retail product key for a Windows 7 product.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7

And you can enter your product key during the installation of Windows 7 or after. However, you need an installation media to install Windows 7.

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 02:54 PM

Thanks! Could I buy a retail copy of windows 7, then install it on multiple PCs using the manufacturer's product key on the PCs? 



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 03:00 PM

Thanks! Could I buy a retail copy of windows 7, then install it on multiple PCs using the manufacturer's product key on the PCs? 

If I understand the legal-beagle correctly - no.  1 PC, 1 license.  With TrueBlue: you can completely remove OS from a computer and install onto another computer.  With OEM: no move, no transfer, OS & computer married for life.


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Posted 29 October 2015 - 03:47 PM

Thanks! Can I use a retail copy as a generic OS copy in order to reset other broken OS's, then enter the original OEM product key on broken PC's? 



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 03:50 PM

Thanks! Can I use a retail copy as a generic OS copy in order to reset other broken OS's, then enter the original OEM product key on broken PC's? 

Absolutely, assuming the broken PC has the same OS.

Mixing versions/editions might be problematic; check with others here.


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Posted 29 October 2015 - 04:28 PM

Thanks! Could I buy a retail copy of windows 7, then install it on multiple PCs using the manufacturer's product key on the PCs?


Yes, you could. As long as you use the product key that comes with the computer (OEM most likely), you'll be fine. Basically all you need is a Windows 7 installation .iso or media, that's it.

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 06:20 PM

Wow! Thanks! My life just got a little easier. 



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 07:16 PM

No problem, you're welcome.

On a side note...

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

Bookmark these as they could come handy.

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