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Windows 7: Reinstalling to SP1 with pre-SP1 disc?


23 Jul 2012   #1

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 
Reinstalling to SP1 with pre-SP1 disc?

I want to reinstall Windows 7 (Pro, 64-bit) but I'd rather not have to load every update, plus SP1 as part of the process. I bought my Windows 7 disk (retail not OEM) before SP1 was released and that's all I have.

But according to this month's Maximum PC you can reinstall Windows to SP1 using a pre-SP1 disc - with all the updates including SP1 - by using a program called RT Seven Lite.

Has anyone ever done this? Either using RT Seven Lite or another method? RT Seven Lite looks a little complicated to me, just looking at the screen shots.

Here's a link to the RT Seven Lite program:RT Seven Lite - Features and Information

Thanks for any thoughts you care to share!
-RC


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23 Jul 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
Follow this tutorial to install SP1. You must have a product key number.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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23 Jul 2012   #3

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Thanks - but I asked about a particular situation. I hope I was clear and specific but if not let me know and I'll try to rephrase my question.
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23 Jul 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I gave you the best way that I know how. YOu have to load only the updates since SP1
I dont know about the software that you mentioned, but the results would be about the same.
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23 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rcanino View Post
I want to reinstall Windows 7 (Pro, 64-bit) but I'd rather not have to load every update, plus SP1 as part of the process. I bought my Windows 7 disk (retail not OEM) before SP1 was released and that's all I have.

But according to this month's Maximum PC you can reinstall Windows to SP1 using a pre-SP1 disc - with all the updates including SP1 - by using a program called RT Seven Lite.

Has anyone ever done this? Either using RT Seven Lite or another method? RT Seven Lite looks a little complicated to me, just looking at the screen shots.

Here's a link to the RT Seven Lite program:RT Seven Lite - Features and Information

Thanks for any thoughts you care to share!
-RC
I haven't looked at the article, but I assume that it's a method of integrating updates with a pre-SP1 copy.

Unfortunately, the result isn't an SP1 copy, exactly. It can't be used for a repair installation (upgrade in place to the same version).

It's better to acquire a real installation disk that includes SP1. I haven't verified all the stuff on the link provided by richc46, but it looks like the way to go.
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23 Jul 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

rcanino,
as long as you have a legal win 7 license, you will have no problems.

Follow the advice that you have received and skip that illegal rlite or whatever it is called.
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23 Jul 2012   #7

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Okay thanks. I had a feeling it wasn't as simple as Max PC made it sound.

RT Seven Lite - from what I can tell you load your Win disk, start RT Seven Lite, add the updates and SP1, do whatever other tweaks you want - then create an ISO image of that. If the program works as advertised I don't know why it wouldn't be useful as a repair disk - theoretically it (the ISO created by RT Seven Lite) would have everything the original Windows 7 disk had plus SP1.
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23 Jul 2012   #8

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
rcanino,
as long as you have a legal win 7 license, you will have no problems.

Follow the advice that you have received and skip that illegal rlite or whatever it is called.
What makes you think it's "illegal?" Maximum PC is a mainstream magazine, I kinda doubt they're recommending illegal apps on their pages. Maybe, but I doubt it.

I can't be the first person who wanted to combine all the updates + SP1 with their original, pre-SP1 disk and then reinstall. Somebody must've figured out how to cull everything together without crossing any legal boundaries.
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23 Jul 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
rcanino,
as long as you have a legal win 7 license, you will have no problems.

Follow the advice that you have received and skip that illegal rlite or whatever it is called.
Hello Karl,

Just to let you know that using rt7lite is not illegal. It's nothing more than slipstreaming.

Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
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23 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

What's the difference between using rt seven lite to vlite or nlite? They all achieve the same purpose, that is to integrate 3rd party drivers, service packs, etc into an OS so that it can be installed in one go.
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