Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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  1. Posts : 34
    Windows 7 home premium (x64)

    Yes, i did that. Downloaded the installer and ran the file , twice. Even shows up in control panel--programs, but still no tab. ?
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  2. Posts : 15,188
    Vista x64 / 7 X64

    You seem to have some problems.

    Best do a clean install after you manage to d/l the installation media.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Mac OS 10.9.5

    When I saw that the links at Digital River were broken, I thought I was out of luck, but I did find a copy elsewhere.

    A few points:
    1. Most importantly, the hash checked out for the file I downloaded (Windows 7 Pro 64bit). I didn't expect it to, but it did.
    2. This site was obviously written by someone in a hurry, or for whom English is not their primary language. I assumed the second, and didn't consider this an issue.
    3. It's hosted outside the US, and threw some sort of generic flag when I used a site trustworthiness checker.
    4. The download links are buttons (maybe Javascript? that's beyond me) that don't show the link on mouseover.

    Basically I want to emphasize, do your own checksums. Don't skip it, don't assume this link will stay safe, don't assume that any of the other various downloads on the site are safe. Since my file was valid, I don't expect the site operator to suddenly start acting in bad faith, but *check*.

    The link to the download was here.

    The link to the checksums I used was here.

    Again, for the file I downloaded, the checksum for the file, the checksum list I found, and the checksum list from two pages back in this thread all agreed, so I feel comfortable using it.

    If there's any reason I shouldn't feel ok with using this .iso, please let me know asap. I'm building my first system tomorrow. It's only going to be a gaming rig, so a wipe and some game account password changes is the worst remedy I expect if something goes terribly wrong, but still. :P
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  4. Posts : 50,642
    Thread Starter

    58997 Home Premium download was still working a few days ago.

    Thanks Keiran for reminding those who are now being forced to Torrents and into the arms of pirates how to take the extra precautions necessary. I argued this in an open appeal to MS yesterday on our internal communications channel.

    I suppose we can also suggest they borrow a friend's Win7 with SP1 DVD, extract the ISO using ImgBurn, to unlock all versions if needed with eicfg removal tool and/or burn another copy at 4x speed or write to flash stick using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive which isn't as fussy about ISO source as the Download Tool.

    Perhaps some will share their ISO download via private message to those legitimately in need using a file sharing service like OneDrive.
    Last edited by gregrocker; 06 Feb 2015 at 19:12.
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  5. Posts : 12,013
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit


    System recovery

    Above member can't find it within the last hour.

    He then tried this link:

    Microsoft Software Recovery

    And failed also.

    He has an HP with the HP install, but does have a COA and Product Key. He entered the key at the software-recovery link and was rebuffed.

    Is MS willfully making legit ISOs hard to find? Or is this a temporary thing?
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  6. Posts : 15,188
    Vista x64 / 7 X64

    Is MS willfully making legit ISOs hard to find?

    You can order replacement - free but there is a handling charge.

    If you can't wait you will have to google for it.
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  7. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

    Hmm just found out about this issue with the ISO seems a tad convoluted now
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    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

    So if I have got this right after a thorough read of this tutorial I can only use a RETAIL disk to use the ie.cfg removal tool I cannot use it with say an OEM disk? My issue is that I rarely buy retail as I have a few machines and each is a separate entity, plus I have bought OEM's for family and friends too.
    In other words if I were to buy a retail edition I could use it to reinstall all of my machines? as long as I use that tool.

    I have to say that now the price out here at least is leapfrogging for Windows software it is very disappointing that the Heidcoc site has gone down. I should have saved the ISO's while they were available but knowing that Microsoft have probably scotched that avenue already it seems to me they are back on the greed trail.
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  9. Posts : 50,642
    Thread Starter

    You can use ei.cfg Removal Tool on any ISO to unlock all versions.

    There is no difference between OEM and retail disks starting with Vista - they are all the same with certain versions hidden.

    Only the Key determines which version will activate.

    I have added some new options to Step 1: Locating the ISO.
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  10. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

    Thanks Greg I was a tad hasty I suppose just the other site was so handy.
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