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#1 Elvis Maphoka

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 11:40 PM

Hello Computer guys, is it possible to repair other Windows Ultimate computers using an installation disc of another Windows Ultimate (same version). Thank you

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 11:54 PM

Shouldnt be a problem IMO , or you could just download an ISO and burn to disc and use that.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/221118-windows-7-ultimate-sp1-system-repair-disk-64-bit-needed-help.html



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Posted 25 October 2015 - 12:31 AM

Oh Wow, thanks for being so generous. Will do just that!

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 03:19 AM

Yes, that is correct. Even though installation media is copyright, and has its own rules under copyright law for making copies of it, the media itself is just a source. In order to repair a legitimate Windows installation, or even to re-install one, it's only necessary to have the use of the correct install media.

 

Microsoft have always advised borrowing the use of (not copying) installation media if it has been lost/mislaid and is needed for maintenance, or to test out a different version of Windows for the 30 day trial period before activation was required. Being able to download an installation ISO from the legitimate source by providing a valid product key that it will be used with, is the current cloud storage equivalent of being allowed to keep one backup copy of your installation media as per EULA.


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 05:39 AM

Couldn't have asked for a better answer Platypus. I thought since the installation media is used to install Windows on one computer, it's also restricted to repair that same computer. I really didn't know repairing other computers is allowed. Thanks a lot

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 06:43 AM

You're welcome.

 

Here's a way to think about it:

 

Suppose you and a friend built yourselves a computer each, having bought the same version Windows 7 discs with all the other parts. You install Windows, then drop your installation DVDs as you take them out of the drives. They roll around the floor and you pick them up, and take one each at random, because they're identical and you don't know which one belonged to who. 6 months later, your computer is cranky and you want to do a Windows repair, but do you think you can remember where you put your Windows disc? So you borrow your friend's disc. There's a 50/50 chance he got yours, and you're now actually using the same disc that installed Windows in the first place. Or you might be borrowing his. Would it matter either way, or could anyone even tell? No. :)


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 09:03 AM

Great explanation! People like you are the reason why I firmly believe I took a brilliant decision joining this forum. One more question and I'll release you sir,lol: Ever since you became an IT guy, were the computer problems you encountered more, software or hardware related? Thanks




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