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Windows 7: Windows 7 SP1-slipstreamed or integrated. Any install problems?

02 Mar 2011   #11
y0himba

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Oh I agree! Clena is best. However, I have files on my system from the late 90's and before Windows XP even, as well as programs I hate to try and re-install, locating licenses and so forth. At that time I was not running a second physical drive for backup. I used a partition. I purchased a second drive when I was able to upgrade to a system that supported SATA and a raid configuration, realized I did not need the small performance boost that raid offers, so went back and began using 2 physical drives, one of which is backup, My Documents, and storage.

Add to that the fact that Microsoft uses it as a selling point, specifically stating that "you will not lose your important files with an upgrade" and so forth. I am of the crew that hates a format if not necessary, however I am thinking of doing just that.


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02 Mar 2011   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

With Windows 7, it only takes between 1 and 2 hours to do a full reinstall, update, and application install. So many people complain about the process and the time...instead of realizing that it could have been done so easily and quickly. Don't be afraid of the clean install. It's worth it in the end. It gives you a chance to load the latest drivers, latest apps, and have them running at peak efficiency.
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02 Mar 2011   #13
y0himba

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It's not the time, it's finding the licenses and registration info. Some of the freeware I love is no longer around, so I need to dig through many backup DVDs and CDs to find what I use. I am an old fart set in my ways.
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02 Mar 2011   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Aside from Googling the app names, have you ever been to OldVersion.com ?
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02 Mar 2011   #15
y0himba

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yep, both. I know it is time for a format, but I must resist. I MUST!
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02 Mar 2011   #16
G1LLY

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Did 2 clean installs using official intergrated ISO.

Updated 1 computer via Windows Update.

All 3 computers are running OK & have had no problems as of posting
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04 Mar 2011   #17
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
It blows my mind that people would try anything termed "unofficial" when it comes to their OS....
I am equally blown away. Please tell me one reason why Microsoft is not making available the integrated Windows 7 to all genuine Windows 7 users? Why only to Technet and MSDN? Haven't we paid for Windows 7?

I am any way glad you had subsequently veered towards that many (though not all) would prefer a clean install as the best way.

If only MS makes available the SP1 integrated version to all, why would anyone want to download the unofficial version and then cross-check the MD5 and Hash codes to confirm that it is no different from the original official version?
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04 Mar 2011   #18
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I wish I knew why the OSes weren't more readily available. You can download any of the .iso files now, legitimately, from DigitalRiver, but as of last check, they are still the pre-SP1 versions. At this point, at least, there's no harm in using on of those and then running the full SP1 installer right afterwards, but it is an extra step and does add time to the equation. If I didn't have a TechNet or MDSN account, I'd be checking those DigitalRiver links once a week or so to see if/when they get updated.

But going back to the main topic, since the license key is what makes the install valid, and Microsoft knows so many tech people burn copies of their discs for friends and family...why not just make the actual software available for free? Take something like VMWare Workstation. You can download the trial anytime you want. If you want to continue using it, you need a legit key. Windows 7 basically works the same way, so why not make that available (publicly, and not hidden on DigitalRiver's site).
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04 Mar 2011   #19
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Letting someone with a legal, activated windows 7 install, validate and download a SP1 version ISO would be a nice thank you from Microsoft for buying it in the first place. Especially for those with laptops, netbooks, etc that didn't include an actual DVD in the first place. From a security stand point its a win situation too. If you could get it from Microsoft you wouldn't have to resort to "other means". I don't think it would impact Technet or MSDN subscription sales either, there you're paying for the Licenses, not the media. Just my 2 cents.
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04 Mar 2011   #20
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That's what I don't understand about it. The disc is nothing more than a trial by itself. They freely advertise the 90 day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise....so why not let anyone try the software?
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