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Windows 7: Activating an old (OEM) license?

14 Jan 2015   #1
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Activating an old (OEM) license?

Hello!

My acquaintance has a desktop computer with a Windows 7 license sticker on it. He would like to format the HDD, maybe even get a new SSD and install Windows 7 again. He has no installation media though.

So, will it work if I download Windows 7 from somewhere (where?) and he uses the old license key? Can the downloaded ISO have the SP1 included even if his license is from the time when the SP1 wasn't released yet?

Please, someone who knows about this in practice, please do tell.

Thank you!


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14 Jan 2015   #2
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Was it x86 or x64 version? What language do you want?->language and bit version are irrelevant for license keys.

Does he have a OEM sticker on machine with license key on it?
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Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River for all the win7 ISO
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14 Jan 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You posted that you have a sticker on the computer.

That sticker from Microsoft is still good as long as it hasn't been used anywhere else.

Read this tutorial by Brink and I think it will answer your questions and give guidance.

Clean Install Windows 7
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14 Jan 2015   #4
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi!

He has Windows 7 Pro x64 OEM written on the license sticker. So where can I download the right ISO to install Windows 7 and activate using the old license sticker? Can it include SP1, will it work anyway?

Also, can I use Vistalizator to install a local language, is that legal?

Thank you!
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14 Jan 2015   #5
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

What language do you want?
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14 Jan 2015   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
Hi!

He has Windows 7 Pro x64 OEM written on the license sticker. So where can I download the right ISO to install Windows 7 and activate using the old license sticker? Can it include SP1, will it work anyway?

Also, can I use Vistalizator to install a local language, is that legal?

Thank you!
License is for Windows 7 Pro . x86/x64 any language. Also for SP1 and non-SP1 installs.
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14 Jan 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is a very good tutorial for you. If you follow it, it's a piece of cake to reinstall.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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14 Jan 2015   #8
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you for the link to the tutorial, it's nicely done. Is it important which version I install, N, E, U...? I'm from Europe. Also, is it legal to use Vistalizator? Thank you!
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14 Jan 2015   #9
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
Thank you for the link to the tutorial, it's nicely done. Is it important which version I install, N, E, U...? I'm from Europe. Also, is it legal to use Vistalizator? Thank you!
Don't use E, N, K and KN version!
What language do you want?
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14 Jan 2015   #10
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

But isn't the N version meant for the European market? I need Serbian language.
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