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Can I legally download a Windows 7 OEM ISO anywhere?

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by balane, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. balane

    balane Notebook Consultant

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    Nothing illegal please. I bought a notebook from ebay, an Asus, that came with Windows 7 32 bit. Not only do I want to put an SSD in it I also want to run 64 bit Windows 7. (The license on the laptop is for Home Premium.)

    The laptop did not come with any disks. I have Windows 7 disks that I bought for other computers but they're all retail so the OEM key will not work.

    Is there any place I can download the Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium OEM ISO so I can get this laptop set up?

    Again, I don't need a key, I have a perfectly legitimate OEM key that came with the Asus laptop.

    Thank you.
     
  2. JOSEA

    JOSEA NONE

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  3. Syberia

    Syberia Notebook Deity

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    The key on the bottom of the laptop should work with a retail disc. The one you can download from the link above should work without a problem. Alternately, you can use ABR to back up the activation inormation from your current Windows install, install it from any source without a key, and then use ABR to re-activate it. This does not do anything illegal, since you must have a valid, licensed version of Windows to start with.
     
  4. balane

    balane Notebook Consultant

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    I'll try those but my OEM key would not work with any of the Retail disks I've tried so far. Also, I was able to back up my activation but unable to restore it.

    I'll try those again. I'm guessing an OEM version of Windows is not downloadable anywhere. That sure would make it easy on me.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. killkenny1

    killkenny1 No face

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  6. balane

    balane Notebook Consultant

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    It's supposed to work?

    Back up an activation for an OEM Windows 7 32 Bit Home Premium installation.

    Then

    Restore the activation onto a Retail Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium installation?

    I've tried this and it's not doing a darn thing for me. I can back it up fine, just nothing happens when I go to restore it.

    I downloaded the ABR Beta With Windows 7 Support version and tried it before I even posted here.
     
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    killkenny1 No face

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    hockeymass that one guy

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    So let me get this straight. You download the DigitalRiver copy. You install it. You enter your code, and it doesn't work? Makes no sense.
     
  9. newsposter

    newsposter Notebook Virtuoso

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    If the OP does in fact have a legit license from either an OEM system builder or Microsoft (retail), it's a matter of spending some time on the phone with MSFT to get a new/good license key.

    In most parts of the world, this is even a toll-free call.

    The phone call might be a better spend of time than to thrash about in a web forum trying to discover what's wrong.
     
  10. deeastman

    deeastman Notebook Deity

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    As others have said this should work and does. I personally have done it several times in the past. If using "ABR Beta with Windows 7 Support" it is recommended to save the files to a USB flash drive although not mandatory. You should see that two files were created on the USB, "activation_backup" will create 2 files on your USB drive:
    - backup-key.txt: Backup license key
    - backup-cert.xrm-ms: Backup activation certificate

    The certificate file must be present or the ABR method will not work. The Cert file will not be present if the non-ABR Beta program was used as it was for use prior to Vista or Windows 7..
     
  11. KLF

    KLF NBR Super Modernator Super Moderator

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    Even customer service refused to activate it by phone?
     
  12. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    It's starting to sound more and more like you received a pirated copy. Try calling Microsoft ASAP, because if the software is illegal than you have a very good case to bring against the seller on eBay/PayPal.
     
  13. balane

    balane Notebook Consultant

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    I don't understand what you're referring to? Received a pirated copy of what? I'm asking where I can download a windows install ISO for OEM. The activation key is on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop, the copy of Windows 7 was shipped installed on the Asus laptop when it was purchased.

    Anyway, I called on the phone as many of you suggested and entered a ton of numbers and then they gave me a ton of numbers and all is well now. Activated it with relative ease.

    But it would not activate over the internet no matter how many times I tried it and it would not restore the activation backup either, it kept saying that something, some kind of file, was empty. I really don't know what I did wrong with that.
     
  14. Qing Dao

    Qing Dao LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD

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    Good work. Anytime there is an issue, just pick up your phone and call. It really is that easy.

    I highly doubt it. I have had Windows 7 activation issues myself and trust me, there was nothing illegal going on.
     
  15. Syberia

    Syberia Notebook Deity

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    I've had Windows 7 randomly de-activate itself for no reason twice, once on my laptop and once on my desktop.
     

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