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Windows 7: How can I make a .iso of Windows 7 Professional

22 Oct 2009   #21
James Wood

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Okay, for any of you who are interested, IT WORKED

Thankyou to everyone who helped, and anyone who is still having problems, feel free to post your problems on here, and I will try to help you, however I am no expert


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22 Oct 2009   #22
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

I think this is how it works.....
If one has ‘Update Media’ and you boot it to a blank drive,install and then try to activate, it will fail.

If you install ‘Update Media’ from within Vista or XP you will sucsesfully activate.

In the second instance, the ‘update key’ matches a ‘flag’ on the install and now MS knows the install is a legal update from a legal previous OS.

In the first instance , no flag was set by the install so it is now looking for a Full retail ‘Key’ and will activate with this key. Update key will fail.

Pardon the pun but the key to the process is the type of ‘Key’ MS sends you matching the type of licence you have.
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22 Oct 2009   #23
James Wood

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
James, thank you for posting your positive result.
You have to unpack and burn the iso to be able to boot. I use ImgBurn, never let me down. Do at a slow speed.
Just to let you know, I had to restart, and when prompted, choose "Boot from CD or DVD" - This, I presume, is because I was going from 32bit to 64bit, however after that it all went smoothly.
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22 Oct 2009   #24
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Wood View Post
Okay, for any of you who are interested, IT WORKED

Thankyou to everyone who helped, and anyone who is still having problems, feel free to post your problems on here, and I will try to help you, however I am no expert
It only worked if it will activate.
If it activated, then well done......
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22 Oct 2009   #25
wglarson509

Vista Home Premium
 
 
Just about to jump into this....

James, Just so I can be clear before I head into the install process,

You created the ISO CD using the command you listed above, and then booted from that CD after restarting and the install worked?

Also, for anyone to answer, I am planning on formatting and performing a clean install, but have no Vista disk, (Gateway got all cheap on me with this computer and didn't give one with it) do the disks I made for restoring the system along with the product key on the bottom of the machine work as a prior version of Windows to continue the install?

Thanks for your help,

Wyeth
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22 Oct 2009   #26
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wglarson509 View Post
Also, for anyone to answer, I am planning on formatting and performing a clean install, but have no Vista disk, (Gateway got all cheap on me with this computer and didn't give one with it) do the disks I made for restoring the system along with the product key on the bottom of the machine work as a prior version of Windows to continue the install?
Don't format, just install over the old Windows partition. It will move everything into "Windows.old" before installing. Since I do not have upgrade media I cannot test the requirements for using the media.
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22 Oct 2009   #27
James Wood

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wglarson509 View Post
James, Just so I can be clear before I head into the install process,

You created the ISO CD using the command you listed above, and then booted from that CD after restarting and the install worked?

Also, for anyone to answer, I am planning on formatting and performing a clean install, but have no Vista disk, (Gateway got all cheap on me with this computer and didn't give one with it) do the disks I made for restoring the system along with the product key on the bottom of the machine work as a prior version of Windows to continue the install?

Thanks for your help,

Wyeth
Yeah, the command that I listed, the one that I said worked. Make sure you replace the places I showed. Then I simply restarted my computer, and got the option "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" - Hope this helps.

To Nosmo; by activated, do you mean entered the activation key?
If that is the case, then, when I was prompted to enter the activation key, I couldn't remember it as it was in my e-mail from Digital River, or what ever it's called. So I ticked the box that said "Register online" or something along those lines.
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22 Oct 2009   #28
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Wood View Post
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To Nosmo; by activated, do you mean entered the activation key?
If that is the case, then, when I was prompted to enter the activation key, I couldn't remember it as it was in my e-mail from Digital River, or what ever it's called. So I ticked the box that said "Register online" or something along those lines.
Most times during an install, you have to enter a 25 digit 'Product key'.
Then you have to 'activate' online or by phone. If this is not done by a certain time your computer will stop working or some other.
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22 Oct 2009   #29
James Wood

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nosmo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Wood View Post
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To Nosmo; by activated, do you mean entered the activation key?
If that is the case, then, when I was prompted to enter the activation key, I couldn't remember it as it was in my e-mail from Digital River, or what ever it's called. So I ticked the box that said "Register online" or something along those lines.
Most times during an install, you have to enter a 25 digit 'Product key'.
Then you have to 'activate' online or by phone. If this is not done by a certain time your computer will stop working or some other.
Well, I did not enter the activation key, but I have it in an e-mail, however I ticked the "Activate online" tickbox or whatever it said.

Edit: Is there a way I can enter the activation code somewhere? Or do I not need to do this now that I "Activated Online"
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22 Oct 2009   #30
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Wood View Post
Edit: Is there a way I can enter the activation code somewhere? Or do I not need to do this now that I "Activated Online"
Start > Right-click Computer > Properties. All the way at the bottom.
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