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Windows 7: Install Win 7 italian by using an english ISO

29 Sep 2016   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Just for knowledge.
On the site I found the link to the torrent of the same ISO they report the right sha-1 of the ISO:
Download 32 bit (x86) - SHA-1: 3378D4BFDBAB850407AB6047B68FA9CBB2275B75
But if you try to start torrent download, the torrent client reports an other hash...

I think the hash of the torrent doesn't match the sha1 of the ISO.
Anyway... I've that ISO on my local PC by now.

I'll let you know about the rest of the procedure. Thanks

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29 Sep 2016   #12

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joe7 View Post
Thank a lot, I verify sha1 of the downloaded ISO from Trash and it matched MSDN list. I think this is a permitted link, it contains just infos about ISO file
Yup, you got to the MSDN page i was trying to find so you can compare a download sha1 to what MSDN shows.
If they match, you should be ok.

I never downloaded using a torrent so i can't comment.
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29 Sep 2016   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Joe, if your license is for Win 7 starter the general iso (home basic, home premium, professional and Ultimate) won't work as it doesn't contain the starter brand. As Starter wasn't for sale (was OEM) it won't be easy to find it.
Uhmm, so isn't this procedure uvailable for "starter edition"?
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

This image reports also "starter", so I thought that it works also for that case...
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29 Sep 2016   #14

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

From what I've seen i think Starter is only available in the unlocked 32 Bit ISO.
It isn't available in 64 Bit, and that may cause some confusion.
I'm just guessing here.
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29 Sep 2016   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yes Win 7 starter seems to be 32bit only. So in any case 32 bit ISO was needed, my 64bit wasn't useful in this case:
Microsoft Community

OK, so what Megahertz07 said is true in that sense: a 64bit ISO couldn't work because win 7 starter 64bit just doesn't exist.

As regard license channel (OEM, Retail and so on...). All OEM licensed system (usually pre-installed on notebooks, netbooks or compact pc but not only...) should be installed or reinstalled only by using the vendor support (Toshiba windows DVD for example... not our case, or recovery partitions and so on).
So if you use a general ISO DVD or USB Flash memory, you shouldn't be able to install and activate your product against the OEM license you own. But... well actually it works fine!
I've reinstalled windows 7 on an Acer compact PC and a samsung notebook in the past, by using my general ISO of windows 7 64bit... it worked fine also activation against the OEM product key of those machines.

If Starter edition differs from the others let me know. Anyway I will leave recovery partition untouched, if there will be any problems hope I will be able to reset the netbook to factory default.
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29 Sep 2016   #16

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

If you use the manufacturer recovery media/utility it will use the OEM SLP key that is generic for that manufacturer / OS, and used on thousands of PC's.
You can't do a clean install using an OEM SLP key, it only works with manufacturer recovery media/utility.

If you want to do a clean install you need to use the readable OEM COA key on the COA sticker.
That's what you've done and that's fine and legal.

You have 2 different licenses, OEM-SLP, and OEM-COA.

As you're working on different versions and different languages, i'll post this to make things more confusing.
I recently learned that different versions of Win 7 might offer 64 Bit depending on Language/region/country.
You can read the whole thread, or start here at post #25:
Question about seriel number
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29 Sep 2016   #17

Windows 7 HP 64

Fond this link for Win 7 starter Italian (torrent)
Scan it before running.
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29 Sep 2016   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

OK Megahertz, thanks! :)
I've already prepared an usb key based on "ultimate" ISO (Italian of course). I removed also ei.cfg file from "sources" dir to unlock all editions (now also "starter" should be available).
So I'll try this one. If I'll not be able to activate it through netbook COA product key, I'll try your link. Thanks again.
I'll report how has gone with a recap of all the procedure I followed...
See you!
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01 Oct 2016   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi all, a quick update about windows setup:
- My usb key created by copying in windows ISO worked fine, I have been able to choose "Starter" edition
- I've also inserted product key printed on the netbook bottom and now system seems to work much better than before when it was equiped with windows 10
- I'm installing all drivers I found on Toshiba website... But seems realtek wifi adapter driver is missing, I can't find it between the others on the support web page. So I'm unable to try the product activation at now.

I've also opened a thread about on drivers section of this forum:
Toshiba NB-500 Realtek wireless card

I'll let you know as soon as I solved. :)
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04 Oct 2016   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Mission complete!

I regularly activated OS, It worked: so It is possible to obtain a regular activated win 7 starter system from an iso of win 7 ultimate.
A recap:
- we wanted to obtain an installed and activated system windows7 starter edition and we have found an ISO of win 7 ultimate edition

- downloaded "italian" ISO of windows 7 ultimate 32bit and verified via sha1sum against the reported ISO:
MSDN Subscriber Downloads
32bit version is needed because requested "starter edition" at 64bit just doesn't exists. So it shouldn't be possible to install a started edition from an ISO of win 7 "some other edition" at 64bit". Anyway I didn't test this way, may be it works but I have some doubts about activation...

- mounted it in loop (I worked from linux, in windows you have to mount ISO in any way and be able to access its content)
mkdir /mnt/iso
mount -o loop -t auto /path/to/iso/windows7itaetc.iso /mnt/iso
- prepare an usb flash memory (Assume it is associated to /dev/sdf device file) with a single partition formatted in ntfs filesystem and write a working boot block:
ms-sys -7 /dev/sdf
fdisk /dev/sdf (and create a new primary partition type ntfs - "Id=7")
mkfs.ntfs -f /dev/sdf1
mkdir /mnt/usbkey
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdf1 /mnt/usbkey
- Copied data from iso to usbkey and removed ei.cfg file to unlock all win7 releases: this is needed because I had a starter license but an ultimate ISO. It very useful anyway to remove this file because the next time I need to fresh install win7 on an other machine with an other edition license I will be free to reuse this ISO and to just choose the right edition.
cp -a /mnt/iso/* /mnt/usbkey/
find /mnt/usbkey -iname ei.cfg (and check where is the ei.cfg, it should be in "sources" subdir)
rm /mnt/usbkey/sources/ei.cfg
umount /mnt/usbkey
- inserted the above usbkey in the target netbook and launched installation. I removed the old system partition but preserved the manufacturer factory reset partition and the windows seven recovery partition (they ware a little hard drive amount of space).

- typed also product key during installation, but It was not recognized when I connect it to the net. So I have to retry activation manually and this time it worked fine. May be I made a typing mistake...

That's all.
Hope this will help who have to do a fresh install of windows seven...
And thaks a lot again to all you for help me in finding the right iso file!
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