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Windows 7: Fresh Install, probably OEM key from registry

04 Dec 2015   #1
Doctor Wrex

windows 7 pro service pack 1 64 bit
 
 
Fresh Install, probably OEM key from registry

So I'm trying to wipe my computer and do a fresh install of windows.

I got the PC second-hand, so I didn't put the install of windows on it.

I got the product key from the registry, there is no sticker. This might be an important detail.

Windows tech support guy says it is a valid key, but might be OEM or something, and directed me to download from the MSDN website, which doesn't seem to want me to download anything without a paid subscription. Maybe I'm just being a noob, tell me if that's the case.

My main question is this: Using this key, can I activate a windows ISO that I download from... wherever? I'm not gonna torrent it or anything sketchy, I just need to know if it's going to work on any ISO of the same version I'm running, or otherwise uh... what do?

Thanks loads!


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05 Dec 2015   #2
georgeks

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, the serial number will work for the same edition of Windows-worst thing that can happen is you will have to activate it manually using the toll-free number provided. I have to caution you however, that Microsoft clearly states that the COA label has to be attached to the system as well.
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05 Dec 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Probably not, it`s most likely the factory mass activation key you found and will not work to activate windows.

You can always reinstall windows and try that key, that`s up to you.

Or buy Windows 7 Pro.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems - Newegg.com
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05 Dec 2015   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Rather than installing Windows 7 only to find that your licence key doesn't work you can check it out here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/soft...nload/windows7
Just select your version of Windows 7 and enter your licence key in the box. If it fails to register then the chances are it wont activate any installation of Win 7! If it does register then download the ISO which will be totally free of any torrent junk!
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06 Dec 2015   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Rather than installing Windows 7 only to find that your licence key doesn't work you can check it out here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/soft...nload/windows7
Just select your version of Windows 7 and enter your licence key in the box. If it fails to register then the chances are it wont activate any installation of Win 7! If it does register then download the ISO which will be totally free of any torrent junk!
I am not sure what that site uses. It did not show that my System Builders Key was good, but it clearly is. It also does not show OEM keys as good, but they are. If the OP has a valid OEM key, then I would say install Win 7 and try to activate with the Key. If a Microsoft Phone Number pops up, you might have to call for an activation. Odds are you will be talking to a recording and not a real person. Good chance you will get an activation on the call. The worst that can happen is it does not work and you have only lost an hour of your life making a Win 7 Install. Go by this tutorial for the install.
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