Should I use my pre-SP1 retail copy to install 7, or something else?


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10, and 7.
       #1

    Should I use my pre-SP1 retail copy to install 7, or something else?


    Hi everybody!

    Long story short, I would like to know what the best way to get Windows 7 up and running in 2024.

    I have a boxed, retail copy of Windows 7 Home but it is pre-SP1*, and it's key was used to upgrade to 10, which I'm still kind of kicking myself for. The intended use is for a project to capture VHS tapes. For which I'll be using my own period correct hardware from the time. I'd prefer it if the machine in question never gets connected to the net but I'm okay with plugging an Ethernet cable in for just long enough to download updates... if that's still possible.

    I'd like to be able to install an Nvidia driver for my GPU. Not least because I want to see whether having the driver installed would allow the system to output audio from the GPU's HDMI or DisplayPort. But also, being able to display an accurate, calibrated image is important to my project.

    So I guess my questions are-

    1. Can I use my retail copy for installation, or would I be better off downloading an ISO?
    2. How can I verify the safety of a downloaded ISO?
    3. Did Microsoft ever list the checksum for downloaded ISOs, and are said checksums available on the wayback machine?
    4. Is there a list of updates I should download from the Microsoft Update Catalog?
    5. What do I need to do to activate the install?... is it possible to use the original key?

    *I have already tried installing using the retail discs but ran into this issue when trying to install the Nvidia driver. So I've checked the version number of my kernel32.dll (as described in the link) and it's from 2009, just in case that's relevant.
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  2. Posts : 2
    64 pro
       #2

    DossingAround said:
    Hi everybody!
    1. Can I use my retail copy for installation, or would I be better off downloading an ISO?
    2. How can I verify the safety of a downloaded ISO?
    3. Did Microsoft ever list the checksum for downloaded ISOs, and are said checksums available on the wayback machine?
    4. Is there a list of updates I should download from the Microsoft Update Catalog?
    5. What do I need to do to activate the install?... is it possible to use the original key?
    .
    Hello,

    1. search for at least Win 7 PRO version
    2. it's best to borrow/buy a package installation from someone, at least win7 pro
    / key is not a problem today...


    others you have to look for today, borrow e.g. drivers...
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  3. Posts : 7,369
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #3

    DossingAround said:
    Hi everybody!

    Long story short, I would like to know what the best way to get Windows 7 up and running in 2024.


    1. Can I use my retail copy for installation, or would I be better off downloading an ISO? Yes then install SP1
    2. How can I verify the safety of a downloaded ISO? You can't . You have to trust the site you're using to download
    3. Did Microsoft ever list the checksum for downloaded ISOs, and are said checksums available on the wayback machine?
    4. Is there a list of updates I should download from the Microsoft Update Catalog? Use Simplix to update
    5. What do I need to do to activate the install?... is it possible to use the original key? install the version you have the key (H, HP, Pro or Ultimate) and use the key you have
    - SP1 link Microsoft Update Catalog
    Simplix - Single file with all updates - Simplix

    I can give you a link for my Win7 SP1 installation files. Just ask
    Last edited by Megahertz07; 3 Weeks Ago at 13:19.
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  4. Posts : 2
    64 pro
       #4

    On this webwww there are installers straight from Windows servers... but check it again because I don't know what it's like today
    with this (I forgot to add that there is not Win7)


    url: Adguard
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