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Windows 7: Quick question regarding install media and keys


04 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Quick question regarding install media and keys

Hi,

I'm just looking for a bit of information here, but I have a friend that wants their laptop formatted and re-installed. Unfortunately they don't have any install media.

I was just wondering if just getting the installation media from digitalriver and using the key under the laptop would work, provided I install the same version as the one that was previously installed on the laptop (or, in other words, the version stated on the sticker). Just making sure since I don't want to do something on someone else's computer that wouldn't work.

Thanks!


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04 Jun 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, you can do that. You may have to call microsoft to activate but that's no big deal.

Here's a tutorial that should help you out as well,

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

I'm sure Greg will be along with more info as well.
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04 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks! I just needed confirmation of what I was thinking. I also already had some experience with the phone activation when I needed to activate my own key on my laptop with my retail install, as some here will probably remember.
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06 Jun 2012   #4

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You're welcome, we'll be here if you have any other questions.
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