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Windows 7: Re-Install Windows 7

15 Feb 2012   #1
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Re-Install Windows 7

The time has come after 18 months to re-install Windows 7 as the wireless networking is broken.

The install I have is pre-SP1 upgraded to SP-1 via Windows updates. I downloaded an .ISO of Windows 7 which I understand was authorised or at least condoned by Microsoft. That .ISO includes SP-1. It came from River Media as I recall.

Am I able to install the downloaded .ISO with the key I have for my original retail copy ? This would avoid my having to install Win 7 followed by SP-1.

Are there likely to be problems, or would I be safer just to use the retail copy I have?


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15 Feb 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'm reasonably sure you are OK to use the downloaded ISO with SP1 integrated and then activate with your existing key. The key works on Win 7 alone or on Win 7 with SP 1 integrated.

I've done a similar download with SP 1 integrated from Digital River and burned a disc from that ISO--but I have not yet installed with it.

If you are anxious about it, you could use your original pre-SP 1 disc and then download the SP 1 standalone ISO.
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15 Feb 2012   #3
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I'm reasonably sure you are OK to use the downloaded ISO with SP1 integrated and then activate with your existing key. The key works on Win 7 alone or on Win 7 with SP 1 integrated.

I've done a similar download with SP 1 integrated from Digital River and burned a disc from that ISO--but I have not yet installed with it.

If you are anxious about it, you could use your original pre-SP 1 disc and then download the SP 1 standalone ISO.
I think the latter would be the best way forward, but the standalone SP-1 .ISO I have downloaded is entitled "windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe". My system is Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and that .ISO appears to be a 32-bit.

Windows 6.1 ? X86 ?
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15 Feb 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I also downloaded and saved the 64-bit version of the SP1 standalone.

It is named windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe.

Based on that, I'd guess you have the 32 bit version. Go back to MS and look for the file I got.
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15 Feb 2012   #5
derekimo

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Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

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15 Feb 2012   #6
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yes, thanks both. I now have the correct version.
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15 Feb 2012   #7
gregrocker

 

It's much easier to install the latest official download which has SP1 baked into it:
Official ISO Downloads Windows 7 Professional x64 English

Burn to DVD or write to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool

Then boot to clean reinstall following these steps to get a perfect reinstall of factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7
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16 Feb 2012   #8
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's much easier to install the latest official download which has SP1 baked into it:
Official ISO Downloads Windows 7 Professional x64 English
Too late, I've reinstalled it from the retail DVD, followed by the SP-1 CD. Seems to have worked. At least the wireless networking now works. Reinstallation is very much quicker than doing this with XP.

I'd get the SP-1 download you suggest above for future use, but the link is broken.

Quote:
Burn to DVD or write to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool

Then boot to clean reinstall following these steps to get a perfect reinstall of factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7
I'll look for the broken link. Many thanks.
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16 Feb 2012   #9
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

The link is OK from here.

Re-Install Windows 7-iso-link.png


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16 Feb 2012   #10
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
The link is OK from here.

Attachment 198582
Working now !
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