Can I legally download a Windows 7 OEM ISO anywhere?

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  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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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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    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.
     
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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.
     
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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..
     
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