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Windows 7: Silly Question: Where can I SAFELY download windows...

30 Sep 2012   #1

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Silly Question: Where can I SAFELY download windows...

My laptop has my Windows Keycode right on the bottom as it should... but I don't have the restore disc that came with (or didn't, can't remember)..so I assume (dangerous I know) I can just snag a vanilla Windows via torrent and burn a disc, right?

So where can I safely download it? Common sense tells me to be careful about the source of my OS... I know what an MD5 checksum is but don't know where to find the official checksum... does MS maintain that info?

Thanks in advance for any tips... I feel silly having to ask...

Doug

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30 Sep 2012   #2
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Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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02 Oct 2012   #3

Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Thanks... I failed to mention that it's Vista that I am looking for... yes I know that this is a Windows 7 centric forum but I figured that whatever answer I got would apply to Vista as well. I do know that the same folks have a Vista forum, so I guess I'll root around there for a similar tutorial...

Thanks!
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02 Oct 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
One other question... how do we know that MyDigitalLife download files are malware-free?
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02 Oct 2012   #5

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Ok, I found a similar Vista tutorial but it doesn't have any download info:

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista - Vista Forums

Bummer... guess I'll have to post over there.

Thanks,
Doug
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02 Oct 2012   #6

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Try this .... Dell Community

save the install.wim file
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03 Oct 2012   #7
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You have to compile the ISO which takes following the steps closely but it's all we've got that isn't a torrent: Vista ISO download

(Looks like it the same link as AddRAM posted)
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04 Oct 2012   #8

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Related to re-installing Windows 7, I had a question that wasn't answered:

how do we know that MyDigitalLife download files are malware-free?

Is that an official Microsoft source of Win 7 ISO's ?

Thanks
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04 Oct 2012   #9
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Yes, that is the official Windows 7 installer ISO. There are no worries about malware.
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