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03 Jul 2016   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Once you`ve downloaded the iso file, it`s yours for all eternity

This is a great simple program to burn iso files to dvd, burn at no faster then x4 speed. (Very important)

Free ISO Burner

All you need is a blank dvd, they sell them cheap at Walgreen`s, buy at least 2 or 3, whatever is in the pack.

And of course a dvd burner.

Put the blank dvd in the burner, open the program, browse to the iso file, set the burn speed to x4 and burn baby burn




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03 Jul 2016   #12
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Cottonball,
Welcome back.
A word in your ear, re post no 6.
Once youve found the product key i suspect its going to a DreamSpark key, KMS activation hope the college hasn't retired it.

Roy
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03 Jul 2016   #13
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Well, downloaded the OS ISO from Heidoc, prepared a bootable CD/DVD with ISOBurner, had the Product Key in hand, and took the plunge to install.

It all went well!

Decided to start with the Activation, input the Product Key, and, got an error.

Called Microsoft. The Product Key is expired/retired. The person at MS gave me a brief explanation of why it was no longer valid, and it boils down to torchwood's explanation.

MS no longer sells Product Keys for Windows 7, only for Windows 10.

So, fall back and re-group. It looks like a Linux Zorin install is coming up. The machine is an old Gateway which had XP on it.

Heading for a Linux Forum...
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03 Jul 2016   #14
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

I should have added a rider,
If he's still at college he can apply for a new key,
They would have purchased X amount and might not have used them up.

Roy
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03 Jul 2016   #15
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

No worries!

The son finished with college. He now has a Federal job.
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04 Jul 2016   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can buy windows 7 Pro oem from Newegg if you want. They no longer have Home Premium

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems - Newegg.com

Zorin OS 9 is a great option, good luck with drivers and all that.

Zorin OS - Home

Zorin OS - Download
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04 Jul 2016   #17
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

addRAM,

Thanks for the info!

It is an OEM version, though. Thought it had to be the Retail version.

Some of this stuff I do not quite understand...
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04 Jul 2016   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can use a Retail or OEM version, you would be doing a clean install, so the previous version/license used does not make any difference.

The main difference between a Retail and OEM license is a Retail license can be transferred to a different (new) PC.
An OEM license can only be used on the PC it is originally installed on, it can't be transferred to a new PC.

Also, Newegg does have a Windows 7 Home Full version available:
wrong version - removed link

Also, Newegg does have a Windows 8.1 Home Full version available:
Windows 8.1 Update and Full version-Newegg.com

The Full version does not specify it is an OEM or Retail license.
I'm not sure what that really means, maybe someone else here knows for sure if it is a Retail or OEM license.

Also, if you install a Win 7 or 8.1 OS/license before July 29, that PC is eligible for a free Win 10 upgrade.
Some people love Win 10, and some don't, and some folks have problems with Win 10 on their PC.

I have Win 7, 8.1, and 10, and they all work fine for me, even on old legacy XP era hardware.
Win 8.1 and Win 10 can be made to work a lot like Win 7, using the free program Classic Shell.
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04 Jul 2016   #19
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Have a question...

Do you interpret the following an "OEM License Key for 1 PC" to be the same as a Product Key?

To me, a License Key, an Activation Key, and a Product Key all refer to the 25 alpha-numeric code presented in five sets of five, and the names mentioned all mean the same. They are all used for Activation purposes.

Is this correct?

Thanks for the help!!
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04 Jul 2016   #20
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

As far as i know that is correct, they all refer to the key used for activation.
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