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Windows 7: Reinstalling Windows 7 with a Win7SP1 dvd with Win7 key

23 Feb 2013   #1
clayton2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Reinstalling Windows 7 with a Win7SP1 dvd with Win7 key

Hello,

I plan on reinstalling Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on my laptop. The key that I'm using came from a generic Windows 7 Pro 64-bit DVD. I do have a DVD lying around that is Windows 7 Pro 64-bit with Service Pack 1. So my question is, could I use that DVD with SP1 already on it to install Windows 7, but still use that key from my straight up Windows 7 Pro 64-bit DVD that DIDN'T have SP1?

Thanks in advance!


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23 Feb 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Yes, it should work.

But doesn`t your laptop have a COA with a key ?
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23 Feb 2013   #3
clayton2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I should have noted that my laptop originally came installed with Windows Vista, then I bought a copy of Windows 7 Pro later on. So I assume that the COA that came with my laptop is for Vista?
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23 Feb 2013   #4
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

That is correct the COA under the battery or on the button of the laptop will only work with the OS that came with the laptop which is Windows Vista .
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23 Feb 2013   #5
clayton2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

But I'm not really concerned with the COA. I plan on reinstalling Windows 7 (which is currently installed), and was wondering if instead of using the plain Windows 7 Pro RTM DVD that the Win7 product key is associated with, if I could use the Windows 7 Pro with Service Pack 1 DVD instead.
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23 Feb 2013   #6
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clayton2 View Post
But I'm not really concerned with the COA. I plan on reinstalling Windows 7 (which is currently installed), and was wondering if instead of using the plain Windows 7 Pro RTM DVD that the Win7 product key is associated with, if I could use the Windows 7 Pro with Service Pack 1 DVD instead.
That should work. I've done it a few times.
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23 Feb 2013   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, it is wisest to use the latest official installer with SP1 for your licensed version which is also available in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps also apply to retail Win7 and will assure a perfect install.
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23 Feb 2013   #8
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I just did this a few days ago actually, and yes, it did work perfectly.
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