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Windows 7: Finally found my key again...but lost my CD

20 Jan 2010   #1
isaaclopez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit (x86)
 
 
Finally found my key again...but lost my CD

I have finally found my key for Windows 7 but I have lost my CD. This got me thinking...Can I download a Windows 7 ISO so I can burn or is that illegal?


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20 Jan 2010   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

What makes the Win7 installation "legal" is having a legit purchased key.

The risk with downloading an ISO from the internet is that it can be infected or edited. However you can check both by right click scanning the extracted ISO with a good AV and Spybot.

You can also check the ISO HASH checksum against the official HASH to know it is intact and not corrupted: Windows 7 RTM SHA-1 hash / checksums
HashTab... is the coolest thing ever!

You might want to also take a look at MS latest effort to make good on problems with the Student downloads only being in 32 bit: Microsoft Fixes Windows 7 Student Edition Upgrade Problems - Windows 7 student edition - Gizmodo

The best way is to borrow a friend's copy, extract the files to your desktop to delete ei.cfg from Sources folder, then recreate an ISO to burn to DVD an all-versions installer: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

Hope this helps.
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23 Jan 2010   #3
isaaclopez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit (x86)
 
 

None of my friends have 7 only Vista
So it is not illegal if I have a legit serial?....I am planing on doing a repair install.
Does RTM mean that its the final thing?...I always thought it meant it was before the final release
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23 Jan 2010   #4
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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24 Jan 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by isaaclopez View Post
None of my friends have 7 only Vista
So it is not illegal if I have a legit serial?....I am planing on doing a repair install.
Does RTM mean that its the final thing?...I always thought it meant it was before the final release
Yes, RTM is the final release and current installer out there. Agree to connect to the internet during install to get the latest updates and drivers into installer during install.

Why would it be illegal to reinstall the version of Win7 which you own for life? MS is only concerned that you have a legal copy on one computer at a time.

What are the issues causing you to do a Repair Install? Maybe we can help you sort them out.
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