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Windows 7: Question re Clean Re-install of Windows 7 Professional

15 Jan 2020   #11
SIW2

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Quote:
are all of the old updates still available
Yes.


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16 Jan 2020   #12
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 

I realized after I posted my previous comment that I could create the ISO image using my pc with a dvd drive, save it to USB, and use the USB to re-install Win7 Home Pro on my 3rd pc.

I have followed almost all of the steps up to deleting the sources\ei.cfg file, and then saving it to the same usb drive. This created a new file called 5DCC.tmp. Is that because I have the ISO original and the changed ISO on the same USB drive? Do they have to be on separate usb drives for me to do the re-install?


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16 Jan 2020   #13
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The tmp file looks like something was trying to create an iso, but was unable to complete. Try changing the extension from 5DCC.tmp to 5DCC.iso

Why have you put those files on a usb stick?

To create a bootable usb an iso must be extracted to a properly formatted usb. That is what usb7ice ( linked earlier ) is for.
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17 Jan 2020   #14
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 

"You can do that with gburner Copy>Write USB or with usb7ice Usb7ice.zip"

I used gBurner per your instructions.

Though I would prefer a clean install as I did with my other pcs, frankly, this whole process is more involved than I expected it to be to do the same on my Win7 Pro pc.
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17 Jan 2020   #15
SIW2

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Like most things, it is easy once you know how.
Most people use bootable usb sticks for installation media nowadays. Deleting ei.cfg file creates a "universal" installer.

It is also useful because other stuff can be copied to the usb. A folder containing drivers, or a few portable programs that can be run from the booted media - a partition manager, for example.
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17 Jan 2020   #16
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 

Didn't I create a bootable usb drive when I used gBurner? I can change the " tmp" to iso, but since I have both iso's on the same usb, can I install Win7 Pro from that usb?
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17 Jan 2020   #17
SIW2

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A bootable usb has the extracted contents of the windows installation .iso on the root.

You should see all this on the root of the usb stick

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That is what you should see when you click on your Kingston D:

If there is enough extra space on your usb stick, you can then copy extra files/folders/whatever you want onto it as well.

It is important the usb stick is formatted correctly. Sometimes the usb manufacturer has already done that - but not always.

USB stick can be formatted ( FAT32 is best because it is useable for bios and efi mode) by windows disk management or any 3rd party partition manager. Then the contents of the iso can be copied to the the usb stick - using 7-zip or anything else that will extract/copy out the contents of an iso.

There are also progarms that will do both the formatting and copying of the iso contents for you - for example usb7ice, Rufus,poweriso - and plenty more.


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19 Jan 2020   #18
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 

I used vbs to access my product key as as there is no PK sticker on my Win 7 Professional pc. I decided to download the iso image from the Microsoft site. However, when I attempted to verify the product key for the iso download, I received the following message:

"Error
We encountered a problem with your request. Please visit Microsoft Support Contact Us page for assistance. ...."

I have checked and rechecked that I typed it in correctly and receive the same error message.
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19 Jan 2020   #19
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Janesdf View Post
... are all of the old updates still available, with the understanding that there will be no new updates OR is access to the old updates blocked?

Yes, windows update will still find all the old updates, there just won't be any new ones.
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19 Jan 2020   #20
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Janesdf View Post
I decided to download the iso image from the Microsoft site. However, when I attempted to verify the product key for the iso download, I received the following message:

"Error
We encountered a problem with your request. Please visit Microsoft Support Contact Us page for assistance. ...."

That Ms portal is reportedly prone to errors.

Which Edition, bit version and language iso file do you need? Is it win7 Pro x64 english?



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Janesdf View Post
I used vbs to access my product key as as there is no PK sticker on my Win 7 Professional pc.
Slp key ( oem preinstall) can't be used by itself to activate. That is why it makes sense to back up the activation with dism++
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