Windows 7 in-place repair upgrade

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  1. Posts : 9
    7 sp1
       #1

    Windows 7 OEM in-place repair upgrade (no disk)


    Hi everyone. I have a Windows 7 SP1 pc with broken windows update (and probably much other stuff). I have the activation key, though the system didn't come with an installation CD or anything.

    I've tried everything but the in-place repair upgrade thing so that's the next step. I want to stay on W7 but MS wisely decided not to provide W7 ISOs anymore. I have another (good and fully updated) W7 pc, is it possible to create an USB installation media from that pc to repair the first one?

    I haven't found anything on the web (haven't had much time to do so), I hope someone here can tell me where to look. Thanks :)
    Last edited by fruh; 01 Aug 2022 at 12:22.
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  2. Posts : 627
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)
       #2

    What is the brand name and model name and model number and serial number of your broken PC?

    What is the exact Windows version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?

    Is the Windows 7 in your good PC the same version (Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, etc.) that is in your broken PC?
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  3. Posts : 9
    7 sp1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    flavallee said:
    What is the brand name and model name and model number and serial number of your broken PC? What is the exact Windows version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?

    Is the Windows 7 in your good PC the same version (Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, etc.) that is in your broken PC?
    The Windows 7 version is the same on both PCs of course.

    The good PC is a Dell Vostro 1500 and the broken one is kind of a no name pre-assembled PC with off-the-shelf components (Asrock motherboard, first gen i3), of which the COA says "Windows 7 Home Premium - OEM Software"

    I think I might be all right except for I don't really know where to download the tools to make the ISO needed for the in-place upgrade
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  4. Posts : 7,087
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #4

    What windows language language you're looking for?
    I have Win7_SP1_English_x64 that I can give you a link.
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  5. Posts : 9
    7 sp1
    Thread Starter
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    Megahertz07 said:
    What windows language language you're looking for?
    I have Win7_SP1_English_x64 that I can give you a link.
    It's very kind of you, the current installation is in italian though

    So you are telling me it's not possible to make an ISO from an existing W7 PC?
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  6. Posts : 7,087
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #6

    You can make a rescue iso but not an installation iso.

    Scaricare Windows 7 DVD/ISO in italiano: download diretto ufficiale [TurboLab.it]
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  7. Posts : 9
    7 sp1
    Thread Starter
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    I understand. Thank you for the link, I'll look into that. Damn if only I had found this method before MS retired the W7 ISO download page
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  8. Posts : 3,624
    Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
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    fruh

    Several members have Win7 ISOs, me included if you need to borrow a copy. You can also still download with Heidoc Windows-ISO-Downloader.exe, however only the Win7 August 2018 is the only working link.

    Snick
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  9. Posts : 9
    7 sp1
    Thread Starter
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    Snick said:
    fruh

    Several members have Win7 ISOs, me included if you need to borrow a copy. You can also still download with Heidoc Windows-ISO-Downloader.exe, however only the Win7 August 2018 is the only working link.

    Snick

    Sorry for the late reply. It's very kind of you, I really appreciate it. My PC doesn't receive updates since way before than 2018 so it should be ok.

    I'm still not sure about the OEM license thing since my PC doesn't even have a recovery partition so I don't really know if a regular license would work. I'll keep into consideration your suggestion anyway.

    Maybe also WSUSoffline could be worth a try? Of course it's able to download the updates, though I dont' know if it would be able to install them still
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  10. Posts : 3,624
    Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
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    fruh

    You can run Magical Jellybean to retrieve your license key. It is a free program. you can also run a VBS script (essentially the same code) to decipher the hexadecimal key stored on your machine.
    Snick
    Magical Jellybean link

    VBS Script:

    Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

    Function ConvertToKey(Key)
    Const KeyOffset = 52
    i = 28
    Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
    Do
    Cur = 0
    x = 14
    Do
    Cur = Cur * 256
    Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
    Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
    Cur = Cur Mod 24
    x = x -1
    Loop While x >= 0
    i = i -1
    KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
    If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
    i = i -1
    KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
    End If
    Loop While i >= 0
    ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
    End Function
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