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Windows 7: Checking which Win7 CD is mine....

02 Apr 2014   #1
IcarusII

W7 Home Prem, Vista home Prem
 
 
Checking which Win7 CD is mine....

Hi guys,

Been a while, primarily becasue due to all your advice when I built my PC everything has worked perfectly since. Anyhow onto my question:

Me and my wife both have PC's. We both have Windows 7. I made certain that when I purchased windows 7 for each, that i purchased the non-OEM version, ie the version which you can move from one pc to another provided its not on both at once.

So in CD collection i have 2 win7 install disks. One was used for my machine and the other for my wifes.

Ive just bought my wife a new pc (hardware only build) and so i now need to install win7 for her and all the drivers, and generally set it up.

How on earth do i tell which of the 2 windows7 cd's is the one which is currently on her old puter so i use that to install onto the new one?

Help!

Thanks
Matt


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02 Apr 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Assuming you bought two of the same exact versions of Win7 (ie Pro, Home Prem, Ultimate etc) then the only real thing you need to do is write down her product key and use it on her PC.
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02 Apr 2014   #3
IcarusII

W7 Home Prem, Vista home Prem
 
 

Firstly thanks for the response.

The two versions are not the same. They are both W7 Home Premium, but hers is a bit older than mine, so hers is just the standard disk whereas mine came with SP1 on the disk too.

But my primary issue is that the boxes (with the CD keys on em) which came with the disks are in the attic (not a problem in iteslf as Im perfectly capable of going into a dusty, spidery filled attic of doom and getting them both).

My problem is how do i tell which CD key belongs to which disk, and also I still dont know which of the 2 disks is hers.

Am I being dim here?

thanks
matt
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02 Apr 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you haven't written down the Product Keys for each somewhere, you can use a progam like Belarc to locate her key and your key in the registry.

The disk with SP1 integrated should say so in plain English on the disk. The other wouldn't.
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02 Apr 2014   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

As long as you use her license on her new PC you can use either disc.
The license is good for one Version, such as Home Premium.
It is good for 64 Bit and 32 Bit.
You just can't have the same license used on more than one PC at the same time - the Retail license can be transferred to a new PC, as you are doing now.

You can download the latest Windows ISO that will include SP1 for her install.
The link to official downloads is in a note in this tutorial.
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02 Apr 2014   #6
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
As long as you use her license on her new PC you can use either disc.
The license is good for one Version, such as Home Premium.
It is good for 64 Bit and 32 Bit.
You just can't have the same license used on more than one PC at the same time - the Retail license can be transferred to a new PC, as you are doing now.

You can download the latest Windows ISO that will include SP1 for her install.
The link to official downloads is in a note in this tutorial.
Clean Install Windows 7
Yeah but her version doesn't have SP1 and to my knowledge you can't uninstall SP1 from an install that comes with SP1. So he needs the none SP1 disk else her Key won't work. Am I wrong here?
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02 Apr 2014   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

The key will work with an SP1 install even if the original disc/install (license) was pre SP1.
SP1 and pre SP1 don't matter as far as a valid license is concerned.
The license will work with either.
I would want the disc with SP1 to reduce the number of updates needed after the initial install.
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02 Apr 2014   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
The key will work with an SP1 install even if the original disc/install (license) was pre SP1.
SP1 and pre SP1 don't matter as far as a valid license is concerned.
The license will work with either.
I would want the disc with SP1 to reduce the number of updates needed after the initial install.
I asked because I thought the above was true and a few months ago I had to get a non sp1 version and install it or my product key wouldn't work.

Maybe since my key was from dreamspark and a different license agreement my situation was different?
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02 Apr 2014   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I've never heard of that, but I don't know anything about "dreamspark and a different license agreement".
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02 Apr 2014   #10
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I've never heard of that, but I don't know anything about "dreamspark and a different license agreement".
As a student I get a free copy of Windows 7 Professional from Dreamspark.

My product key wouldn't activate until I got a disk without SP1. After I installed Pro without SP1, product key worked fine and I then downloaded service packs manually.
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