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Windows 7: help/advice needed

17 Feb 2010   #1
gpax

windows 7
 
 
help/advice needed

hi , i have a windows 7 packard bell laptop and i want to reinstall windows but i didnt make a backup disc ,
what i want to know is i have the windows 7 product key sticker under my laptop
so would i be able to use a friends windows 7 disc then input my product key
would this work ok ? or would the windows files be different
any help on this would be very much appriciated


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17 Feb 2010   #2
gdon2050

Windows 7
 
 
hi there,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gpax View Post
hi , i have a windows 7 packard bell laptop and i want to reinstall windows but i didnt make a backup disc ,
what i want to know is i have the windows 7 product key sticker under my laptop
so would i be able to use a friends windows 7 disc then input my product key
would this work ok ? or would the windows files be different
any help on this would be very much appriciated
Yes you can. But then you have to activate the product online, or by phone, to microsoft.
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17 Feb 2010   #3
gpax

windows 7
 
 

ok , excellent thanks
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17 Feb 2010   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gpax View Post
hi , i have a windows 7 packard bell laptop and i want to reinstall windows but i didnt make a backup disc ,
what i want to know is i have the windows 7 product key sticker under my laptop
so would i be able to use a friends windows 7 disc then input my product key
would this work ok ? or would the windows files be different
any help on this would be very much appriciated
If the your friends windows 7 is the same version (ie ultimate, pro, etc) and is OEM, you probably can use it and your serial. You see your serial number is tied to packard bell, and if your friends is retail it wont work. so basically we need more info


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17 Feb 2010   #5
gpax

windows 7
 
 

my version is windows 7 home premium OA Acer group
yeah he has a retail version
so if that is the case and it wont work what do you feel would be the best solution ?
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17 Feb 2010   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I haven't tried this, but in the retail version, the installation type is set by the file \sources\ei.cfg. Supposedly, removing that will make the installer generic, with the installed version determined by the key.

There are several ways to implement this. The simplest one, perhaps, is to use a USB flash drive:

Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7?Even on a Netbook

The installation from this is faster than from a DVD.
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20 Feb 2010   #7
gpax

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I haven't tried this, but in the retail version, the installation type is set by the file \sources\ei.cfg. Supposedly, removing that will make the installer generic, with the installed version determined by the key.

There are several ways to implement this. The simplest one, perhaps, is to use a USB flash drive:

Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7?Even on a Netbook

The installation from this is faster than from a DVD.

do you know how to remove that file as to be honest i dont have a clue ?
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20 Feb 2010   #8
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gpax View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I haven't tried this, but in the retail version, the installation type is set by the file \sources\ei.cfg. Supposedly, removing that will make the installer generic, with the installed version determined by the key.

There are several ways to implement this. The simplest one, perhaps, is to use a USB flash drive:

Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7?Even on a Netbook

The installation from this is faster than from a DVD.

do you know how to remove that file as to be honest i dont have a clue ?
Just prepare the USB drive as directed.

Look in the \sources directory. ei.cfg is there. Delete, or, better, rename it to ei.cf.old.

You may have to have the machine you're doing it on set to show hidden files. I'm not sure, as I set my machines that way as a matter of course.
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20 Feb 2010   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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21 Feb 2010   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Extract your friend's DVD files to desktop, remove ei.cfg file in Sources folder, recompile into ISO to burn an all-versions DVD: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

Boot DVD, Choose your licensed version,, select Custom install, use Drive tools to repartition as desired, format before installing Win7 to first partition. Afterwards, activate using stickered key at Computer>Properties, requiring robocall to MS to sort out batch key.
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