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Windows 7: Windows Universal Installer, Reatil & OEM question

29 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Windows Universal Installer, Reatil & OEM question

Hello, I've read lots of posts on this and other forums, about how to create a universal installer, and am happy with the ei.cfg method, but I wonder if it can go further...

I'm only really interested in 64-bit so don't need to extract and use WAIK.

I need to sometimes install as OEM and sometimes as RETAIL (because I believe an OEM key won't activate a RETAIL installation - is that correct?). Is it possible to do this on one install source?

Many thanks,
Steve


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29 Apr 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

The retail and factory/builder's OEM installation media have been the same since XP.

It is the key which determines which version will activate.
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29 Apr 2014   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

So, I can use the win 7 Ultimate installation disk to do a clean reinstallation on a machine with OEM Win 7 Home Premium by using the OEM Win 7 Home Premium key?
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29 Apr 2014   #4
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No in that case where you have a different version than Home Premium so must either download a new Home Premium ISO or extract the ISO file from disk using ImgBurn, delete the ei.cfg file with eicfg removal tool which will unlock all versions, then burn to disk again. Then choose the licensed version during install.
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29 Apr 2014   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Oh well, it was a thought.
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30 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
So, I can use the win 7 Ultimate installation disk to do a clean reinstallation on a machine with OEM Win 7 Home Premium by using the OEM Win 7 Home Premium key?

Is your name Willy ? Cause you sure are silly

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30 Apr 2014   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
So, I can use the win 7 Ultimate installation disk to do a clean reinstallation on a machine with OEM Win 7 Home Premium by using the OEM Win 7 Home Premium key?

Is your name Willy ? Cause you sure are silly

Alright, that was downright insulting!
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30 Apr 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

I think Brian thought you were pulling my leg. But it's a legit question anyway since Vista did let you activate any version from the install disk depending upon which key you have.
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30 Apr 2014   #9

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I think Brian thought you were pulling my leg. But it's a legit question anyway since Vista did let you activate any version from the install disk depending upon which key you have.
Thank you!
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