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30 Jun 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
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Hi folks!

Have not been here for a while. Been having some 'extraterrestrial' medical experiences, but, made it through them.

Sure could use some help with an install issue.

Have some friends (husband and wife) that want me to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit version (OS currently on their PC).

Their son installed the current system, and lost their Product Key. The computer previously had XP on it, and that is on the COA sticker. Have been looking for a Product Key, but some of these look rather dubious. This morning I called Microsoft, and they no longer sell anything for W7. What a surprise!

Anyone have any idea of where a legal retail Product Key for W7 Ultimate 32bit could be purchased?

Thanks much for the help!! :)

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30 Jun 2016   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Glad to see your back.

First off; you can't just buy a legal COA key by itself. Legal keys are sold with the DVD use to install with.

If the computer has Windows 7 already installed and has one of these you can use that key.

Product Key...-coa-stickers.gif

Another option would be to use a free program called Belarc. It will show the COA key that was used to install and activate the installed Windows 7. If that COA key is proper you can use it for a Clean Install.

Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.

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30 Jun 2016   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Hi & welcome back. Hope all the medical problems are now under control.

This website should help you get the activation key from your friends PC. It assumes of course that the computer still works & you or they have an installation DVD for the install.

How to Find Your Lost Windows or Office Product Keys
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30 Jun 2016   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

Welcome back cottonball, hope you are feeling better,

This is a great little tool from one of our members at EF and TF,

Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

It works great.
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02 Jul 2016   #5

Windows 10 Pro x64

Speccy will also show you the current windows 7 activation key, in Speccy it will say serial number.

Open Speccy, click operating system on the left side, then it will show you a Serial Number on the right side, that is your activation key :)
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02 Jul 2016   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thank you ALL, for the replies! :)

Used them all, and confirmed and re-confirmed the Product Key.

However, there is a new twist in the situation. The son cannot find the CD/DVD. He installed the OS while he was in college, and got the OS as a free promotion from Microsoft. Has no idea of whether he had a CD/DVD or whether it was a download.

Been trying to find a W7 Ultimate retail version CD/DVD, however, it appears it will be easier to pull out my own teeth than to find one.
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02 Jul 2016   #7

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Welcome back and hope you're feeling better.
You can download OS and Office ISO's from MS servers using the ISO Downloader available at Heidoc:
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02 Jul 2016   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thank you!!

Had no idea something like this was available!!

The links are good for a limited time. After you download the ISO, is there a limited time in which one needs to use it? Or, can you keep it for future use?

Too late right now, but, will go to my friends home tomorrow and give this a whirl, since the Product Key is now available.

BTW, is your avatar a bird? I can't figure it out.
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02 Jul 2016   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

You can use them as long as you have them, it's just the link that expires.

His avatar looks like this to me,

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02 Jul 2016   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for the info.

That link is great!


Guess I am losing my brains, and on top of that, I am also going blind.

I thought it was a parrot on a limb!!

I'm sorry, DavidE!!! I have 3 parrots...
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