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Windows 7: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

14 Feb 2015   #500

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It appears that one of the DR downloads is still working as of now:

This is the version without the Media Refresh added to make it v.X17.58997:
This new issue fixes a minor issue when using the original Windows 7 SP1 media to install Win7 w/SP1 on a new PC. The Windows 7 SP1-U (Media Refresh version) adds the installation hotfix KB2534111, and nothing else. No other changes have been made to the Windows 7 with SP1 ISO image despite there are several updates that have been released after the original Windows 7 SP1 was released.

I may be in an alternate universe, but that link leads me here, an error message:

Microsoft - The Page or File You Requested Could Not Be Provided

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2015   #501

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

What would really be pathetic is if you get a disdainful mealy-mouthed answer or none at all.

I'd much rather some high ranking MS official said, "Yeah, we took the ISOs down. What are you gonna do about it, girly-man?"

I'd expect a self-serving response like you'd get from a presidential Press Secretary, at best. I hope to be proven wrong.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Feb 2015   #502

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
A special note of thanks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Read the Special Note to Dell Owners at the end of tutorial to determine which partitions to keep. If Dell Diagnostics will boot and run then I'd keep the Utility partition, otherwise all the others can be deleted with new partition(s) created in the space.

Since you asked Dell let us know what they reply, too. They are the least resistant to Clean Reinstall and the only brand who for years provide a clean Reinstallation DVD with only branding and Activation added. Gradually all other OEM's have dropped resistance to Clean Reinstall when early on in Win7 most would not even support it in order to enforce their bloatware which makes them extra money keeping PC costs down.
Many thanks to everyone, esp Greg for all of the useful advice. And what an excellent tutorial. My system is now up, running flawlessly and literally screaming. Getting rid of all the "bloat" really helps. Plans are to visit this forum more often, as it is soooo helpful.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Feb 2015   #503
Microsoft MVP


Glad to hear it Steve as it's sometimes a struggle against ignorance of this consumer benefit granted by MS mandating a COA sticker on every 7 PC. This quite literally gives license.
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19 Feb 2015   #504

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Microsoft is giving Win7 SP1 and Win8.1 users a free upgrade to Win10 for up to 1 year after it is released to manufacturing. I think it is well within their rights to tighten down ISO downloads of their products. Further, they are enforcing the support responsibility of the OEM per the licensing agreement. This is business, nothing personal.

Beat up the OEM for not providing separate install media with the machine.
Beat up the OEM for not providing an ISO download and charging a hefty fee to 'manufacture' a disc.
Beat up the OEM for providing bloated Recovery that requires 4 or 5 DVD discs instead of one DVD for Windows.

Please don't beat up MS for providing the download for 6 years and then removing that access after support for Windows 7 has formerly ended. They still provide a mechanism to download install media if you have a retail license. That's fair - OEM's are supposed to support OEM licenses.

I cannot advocate copying software from a friends disc - software paid my bills for many years and copying it is stealing. I also cannot advocate downloading anything but a legal copy of any software (no torrents, no pirate bays).

So what can a user do now? I see three options
  1. Create the OEM install media - bloat included.
    Some OEMs have seen the light and offer a minimal install (essentially Windows only) option in their recovery application.

  2. Use Windows AIK or ADK to create a clean wim using the OEM Recovery wim. This is your OEM licensed Windows, all you're doing is stripping off the OEM bloat from the install package. It's been a very long time since I've used AIK, so you're on your own - I'd have to read up just the same as you.

  3. Purchase a legal version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.x

I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a child with only one foot.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2015   #505

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Microsoft is giving Win7 SP1 and Win8.1 users a free upgrade to Win10 for up to 1 year after it is released to manufacturing.
Hmm a bit OT but my brother in the UK did that and wrecked the machine admittedly after seeking advice from some scumbag and he didn't like it at all and reinstalled 8.1.

Personally and it is my own preference I do like 7 the best as in 8 they created to me a monster.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Feb 2015   #506

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I have a friend who has a Win 7 disk, I read in this tutorial that if I wanted to I could have my friend rip it and then burn the .ISO to a DVD.

Would it also be possible for him to download the ISO from “Microsoft Software Recovery” and then burn the .ISO for me, or is the download from there different somehow?

Also, it’s the product key that’s the unique part, and not what’s on the disk right?
I don’t want to affect my friend’s ability to get updates or his allotment for how many different PCs he can install onto.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2015   #507
Microsoft MVP


As long as you only use your own Product Key then the media has no bearing on the Product Key. It only tells the media which version to allow to activate.

It's always a good idea to back up the ISO as a download whether its extracted from the disk using ImgBurn or downloaded. Disks have a shelf life which an OS like Win7 may well outlive.

If MS was that worried about the disks being copied it would copy protect them. This recognizes that the Product Key is the valuable piece.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2015   #508

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

So just to be clear:

The downloaded ISO from “Microsoft Software Recovery” and a ripped one are both the same?

And the downloaded one is actually preferable because, the physical DVD could have degraded?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2015   #509
Microsoft MVP


Yes and yes. The Disk also may not have SP1.
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