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Windows 7: New hard drive. Do I need a new Windows Licence?

18 Aug 2015   #1
zac080

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
New hard drive. Do I need a new Windows Licence?

Hey, I own a Toshiba laptop and recently the hard drive has failed and I can not boot from it at all. I tried to recover my data by using a SATA to USB cable however my data is unreadable. So I replaced the broken hard drive with an SSD. Now that windows is gone is there a way for me to get a Windows 7 ISO and use the same product key or do I need to buy a whole new windows licence.
Cheers, Zac.


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18 Aug 2015   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

You can reuse the key that is on the COA sticker on the laptop. The hard part uis finding a clean Windows 7 ISO that matches the version you had. See here: How to Clean Reinstall a Factory OEM Windows 7

The first part discusses all the possible ways you can do this.
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18 Aug 2015   #3
zac080

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
You can reuse the key that is on the COA sticker on the laptop. The hard part uis finding a clean Windows 7 ISO that matches the version you had. See here: How to Clean Reinstall a Factory OEM Windows 7

The first part discusses all the possible ways you can do this.
Ok thanks I will try this.
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20 Aug 2015   #4
Techy

Windows 7 Pro x64 / Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

It wasn't hard for me to find an ISO that matches. I used an ISO that didn't have the same X code (ex. x17-5897) and it activated fine. Just make sure you get the right edition. If you have a Windows 7 Ultimate key, get an ultimate ISO.
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20 Aug 2015   #5
zac080

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Techy View Post
It wasn't hard for me to find an ISO that matches. I used an ISO that didn't have the same X code (ex. x17-5897) and it activated fine. Just make sure you get the right edition. If you have a Windows 7 Ultimate key, get an ultimate ISO.
Hey there, thanks for the reply Techy. I was just wondering where did you get your ISO file from?
Thanks in advance, Zac.
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20 Aug 2015   #6
Techy

Windows 7 Pro x64 / Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zac080 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Techy View Post
It wasn't hard for me to find an ISO that matches. I used an ISO that didn't have the same X code (ex. x17-5897) and it activated fine. Just make sure you get the right edition. If you have a Windows 7 Ultimate key, get an ultimate ISO.
Hey there, thanks for the reply Techy. I was just wondering where did you get your ISO file from?
Thanks in advance, Zac.
Always glad to help
I got the ISO from Getintopc.com
Go here and on the right, search "Windows 7" and find your edition.
This is not one of the Websites with a cracked version. The ISO is clean.
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20 Aug 2015   #7
zac080

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Ok I will give that a try. Thanks.
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