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Windows 7: Is this possible? OEM disk to make USB install drive

31 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Is this possible? OEM disk to make USB install drive

I have made a USB install drive using my OEM copy of Windows 7 64 bit. I plan to install about 5-7 of the same exact OS (64 bit Pro) in the next 2 months. I used it for the first build but used the disk for the second and noticed the product ID# is different before activation and after. I wonder if it's possible to use this USB install key to install the rest of the systems I'm building. It would sure be nicer o carry around with me. I could just try, but thought there may be someone who would know. Thanks.


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31 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not sure I follow you. Using a USB flash drive to install is the same as using a disc. You can use either to install the OS over and over again - you just have to use different keys (unless this is a volume license version).
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31 Oct 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

I use the same all-versions RTM on a USB stick to do all my installs. I format the stick primary, then copy the files into the root which allows it to boot. When not using it for install, I keep the RTM in a folder alongside all of my other apps/toolson the same stick. Then when I want to use it to install again, I just spill the RTM files out of their folder into the root. Very cool.
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31 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
I'm not sure I follow you. Using a USB flash drive to install is the same as using a disc. You can use either to install the OS over and over again - you just have to use different keys (unless this is a volume license version).
There is a product ID# (right there where activation status is) Maybe the OEM channel IS volume licence.

I'm sure it will be fine. I just don't know if maybe OEM disks all have a unique ID#. Even if they do, Windows should recognize the product key when you enter it.

I will us the USB install drive I made with my first copy and see how it goes. If anyone knows what I'm talking about let me know. I don't know how else to say it.

Can you create and use a USB install key from an OEM version without modification (i.e. extracting and modifying a file)
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31 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

VLM isn't tied to the media, it's just the type of key you have. I don't think you have a VLM key. You'd know it, because you can't buy them from anyone other than Microsoft.

What do you mean by "USB install key"?
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31 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
What do you mean by "USB install key"?
I mean one of these. It make installing about twice as fast. They're great.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

I use method 2. It works like a charm.
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31 Oct 2009   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I have made a USB install drive using my OEM copy of Windows 7 64 bit. I plan to install about 5-7 of the same exact OS (64 bit Pro) in the next 2 months. I used it for the first build but used the disk for the second and noticed the product ID# is different before activation and after. I wonder if it's possible to use this USB install key to install the rest of the systems I'm building. It would sure be nicer o carry around with me. I could just try, but thought there may be someone who would know. Thanks.
NATE42,
The ? is you say you used the USB install KEY.
There is no Install KEY on USB drive.
The Version you install since you have a ???? RTM on the USB The Produce KEY should be the SAME if they are EXACTLY THE SAME INSTALL.
You ask if you use the SAME USB INSTALL KEY to install 5 to 7 copies.
sounds like you have a PIRATE COPY which includes a
PRE ACTIVATION, or has KEYs and Certificates included.
DUH if this is not TRUE then please explain in DETAIL exactly what you are trying to do....
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31 Oct 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I have made a USB install drive using my OEM copy of Windows 7 64 bit. I plan to install about 5-7 of the same exact OS (64 bit Pro) in the next 2 months. I used it for the first build but used the disk for the second and noticed the product ID# is different before activation and after. I wonder if it's possible to use this USB install key to install the rest of the systems I'm building. It would sure be nicer o carry around with me. I could just try, but thought there may be someone who would know. Thanks.
NATE42,
The ? is you say you used the USB install KEY.
There is no Install KEY on USB drive.
The Version you install since you have a ???? RTM on the USB The Produce KEY should be the SAME if they are EXACTLY THE SAME INSTALL.
You ask if you use the SAME USB INSTALL KEY to install 5 to 7 copies.
sounds like you have a PIRATE COPY which includes a
PRE ACTIVATION, or has KEYs and Certificates included.
DUH if this is not TRUE then please explain in DETAIL exactly what you are trying to do....
I believe Nate is using the term "USB install key" here to refer to a USB flash stick. Key is another way to refer to a stick. Thus, there is no reason to suspect a pirate copy is involved.
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31 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I have made a USB install drive using my OEM copy of Windows 7 64 bit. I plan to install about 5-7 of the same exact OS (64 bit Pro) in the next 2 months. I used it for the first build but used the disk for the second and noticed the product ID# is different before activation and after. I wonder if it's possible to use this USB install key to install the rest of the systems I'm building. It would sure be nicer o carry around with me. I could just try, but thought there may be someone who would know. Thanks.
NATE42,
The ? is you say you used the USB install KEY.
There is no Install KEY on USB drive.
The Version you install since you have a ???? RTM on the USB The Produce KEY should be the SAME if they are EXACTLY THE SAME INSTALL.
You ask if you use the SAME USB INSTALL KEY to install 5 to 7 copies.
sounds like you have a PIRATE COPY which includes a
PRE ACTIVATION, or has KEYs and Certificates included.
DUH if this is not TRUE then please explain in DETAIL exactly what you are trying to do....
No, No, I purchased 3 OEM copies of Windows 7, transferred the files from one to a USB flash drive to do installs with. They clearly state you can make ONE copy of your DVD.

I am just wondering if OEM is the same as retail would be as far as using the DVD (or copy) to do other installs on other new builds, then using the purchased product key for that other new build to activate.

I have 3 copies of OEM 64 bit. I just want to be able to install all of them using the USB flash drive instead of the separate DVD that cam with all the different copies I purchased. NO PIRATED COPIES EVER FOR ME.

Brink calls it a USB install KEY in his tutorial so that confused everyone.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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31 Oct 2009   #10

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I don't think you will have any problems doing this. As the product key is what determines whether or not the install is OEM, not the media.
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