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Windows 7: Registry Anomaly

19 Feb 2018   #51
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

You can use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to DVD, it will not fit on a CD as the ISO is 3.1 GB, or Rufus 2.18 or Rufus 2.18 Portable, (portable runs without installation on your computer) to burn the ISO to USB Stick/Thumb Drive. I've attached ie.cfg utility for you. If you run it and point it to the iso, USB or DVD it will alter the ie.cfg file, which is a text file, containing the instructions to a specific version of Win7. Either altering the ie.cfg file, renaming it, or deleting it will have the same ultimate effect, AIO (all in one) and every version, Basic, Home, Home Premium, & Ultimate will appear on the installation choice screen when you run the installation program. Enterprise version (volume licensed) is not on the disk, all the others are already on the disk. NOTE: If you install a version other than the one that corresponds to your product key, it will install, you will be able to update it for 30 days, (CMD slmgr -rearm), additional 30 days is available, I believe 2 more times, and then no more update from Microsoft.


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19 Feb 2018   #52
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Mainstream support mainly refers to free phone and online support, as well as non-security updates, which is offered for five years after the release of an OS or two years after its successor hits the market. Microsoft won't end security updates for your Windows 7 PC until Jan. 14, 2020

Microsoft stated that Windows 7 would be released to the general public on October 22, 2009. Microsoft released Windows 7 to MSDN and Technet subscribers on August 6, 2009, at 10:00 am PDT. Microsoft announced that Windows 7, along with Windows Server 2008 R2, was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009.

Windows 7 product support you're referring to ended July 22, 2014, 5 years after it was released to manufacturing. A new product key, which would a Windows 7 retail copy, to the best of my knowledge, is unavailable. An OEM version is available and will work, only if you have the correct OEM version for the Computer you are installing it on. Try the VB script, copy it to notepad, open the Microsoft download link and try it.

Don't know how you feel, but I despise paying for something that I can obtain for free, I LIKE FREE. As I stated previously, if you purchase an OEM copy from Ebay, Amazon, etc. you will have the DVD with Win7 on it, but the product key will not validate/become genuine on your custom built machine, only the particular brand of computer, that key was issue for.

If you try the VB script, click the popup, click on popup press CTRL + C and paste it into notepad, open link I provided, and either paste the key (if it will let you) or type it in, I believe it will work, providing it's a retail key and not OEM.

By the way, all my machines are OEM windows, except for the one I upgraded to Win10, which was an upgrade from Win7 OEM. Heidoc download tool, used to, but no longer works from any of my computers.
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20 Feb 2018   #53
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I located the product key by right clicking on "my computer".

It was verified by running "produckey.

It is all numerals (see my other post), which bothers me because Microsoft usually uses alpha numeric keys, I thought.

Anyway, the installation disk I have states that "you appear to have a different version of Windows 7 than this disk", and does not run. I threw it away.

So I will buy an old copy of Windows 7 online. They are reasonably priced.

Most say "32 and 64 bit installation". Is that what I need? Or do I need 64 bit only? Is there a difference between OEM and Retail versions?

I know that mine is Home Premium.

What do I need to know to ensure that it's same as my installation?
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20 Feb 2018   #54
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

"productkey ? Are you referring to the Find Windows Product Key.vbs I provided?

Right-click on "My" Computer? "My" doesn't appear anywhere on my Win7 machines!

If you right-clicked on "Computer" -> "Properties", which is what I assume you did, the screen that appears is the System. The Product ID is at the bottom of the page, IT IS NOT THE PRODUCT KEY!

Yes, your are correct that key is alphanumeric.

Here's an example of the product KEY: T9YGH-7YM3T-X3QXQ-FQDGT-4JQ2R

Here's an example of the product ID: 30252-547-9691047-51313

I wouldn't trust buying an old copy of Windows 7 online, that is if you can even find one, anyone with a little know-how, can modify the installation files and insert malware, virus, keylogger, etc.

Find Windows Product Key.vbs will locate your product key. I used it to locate my product key, and any others I need to locate on customers machines. Never post your actual Key, for obvious reasons.
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20 Feb 2018   #55
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Question:

Click Start Orb -> right-click Computer -> click Properties.

1. What does it say in the lower left-hand corner above "Product ID"?

Attachment 402871
Please see post #50.

It says "Windows Is Activated".
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20 Feb 2018   #56
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
"productkey ? Are you referring to the Find Windows Product Key.vbs I provided?

Right-click on "My" Computer? "My" doesn't appear anywhere on my Win7 machines!

If you right-clicked on "Computer" -> "Properties", which is what I assume you did, the screen that appears is the System. The Product ID is at the bottom of the page, IT IS NOT THE PRODUCT KEY!

Yes, your are correct that key is alphanumeric.

Here's an example of the product KEY: T9YGH-7YM3T-X3QXQ-FQDGT-4JQ2R

Here's an example of the product ID: 30252-547-9691047-51313

I wouldn't trust buying an old copy of Windows 7 online, that is if you can even find one, anyone with a little know-how, can modify the installation files and insert malware, virus, keylogger, etc.

Find Windows Product Key.vbs will locate your product key. I used it to locate my product key, and any others I need to locate on customers machines. Never post your actual Key, for obvious reasons.
I learned something. Never knew there were both an ID and a Key. Anyway I found the key (see my other thread) by using keyfinder. it is a 25 digit alphanumeric separated by dashes as your example.

Here is the keyfinder readout:

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
Product Part No.: X15-39013
Installed from 'Full Packaged Product' media.
Product ID: 00xx9-xxx-75xx696-xxxxx match to CD Key data
CD Key: xxxxx-xxx4G-xxxxx-F26JG-xxxxx
Computer Name: GLORIA
Registered Owner: Joe Ciaravino
Registered Organization:


What can you recommend I do. I do not have a working installation disk.
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20 Feb 2018   #57
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Please run the Mxdiag tool, from the link below.#

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

If your product key is valid, you can go to Microsoft Download page, enter the key, click verify, if its verified, then you will be able to download a genuine Microsoft ISO which you can burn to DVD with ImgBurn or USB stick with Rufus 2.18 or Rufus 2.18 Portable
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20 Feb 2018   #58
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Please run the Mxdiag tool, from the link below.#

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

If your product key is valid, you can go to Microsoft Download page, enter the key, click verify, if its verified, then you will be able to download a genuine Microsoft ISO which you can burn to DVD with ImgBurn or USB stick with Rufus 2.18 or Rufus 2.18 Portable

I can't thank you enough. It is valid and I posted the results at the link you sent me. I have ImgBurn and will get the ISO and convert to a DVD.

Once I do that can you walk me through a Repair Install?
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21 Feb 2018   #59
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I found the original ISO file that I purchased.

Please see the following:

I Need an Installation Disk for Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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22 Feb 2018   #60
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Here's two tutorials on Repair Install/Inplace Upgrade

Make sure you have your 25 character product key!

SevenForum Repair Install tutorial

Britec Computers Repair Install video
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