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Windows 7: Windows 7 Professional OA

22 Jul 2014   #1
Whazkel

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows 7 Professional OA

Hi, about two years ago i purchased an Asus gaming laptop, and it to this day has done what i asked of it. But recently i had a problem with trying to restore everything to factory settings and since it came with Windows 7 Professional already installed I was left without a disk. A friend of mine recently installed a cracked version of Windows 7 Ultimate on it but i'm thinking i'd much rather just reinstall my OS all together. On the bottom of my laptop it has the windows information sticker, along with the key for it, and while i've come across a few posts on these forums that would point me in the direction of a ISO, i haven't come across anything titled "Windows 7 Professional OA". Would I be able to simply DL one of the ISO's i've found links for on these forums and just put in the Key i have, or is there a specific ISO for "Windows 7 Professional OA"

Thank you.


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22 Jul 2014   #2
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Use the instructions here- Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key - as the basis - there's no doubt that your current install will break at some point, and you'll never be certain whether it's because of the hacks installed to get around Activation and Validation or not.

The 'OA' part of the sticker means 'OEM Activation' and indicates that the sticker is from a major manufacturer (which is also usually named on the sticker).
It doesn't require anything different in terms of a installation disk than any other Windows 7 Pro install.
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22 Jul 2014   #3
Whazkel

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

So i CAN use the key that came with my laptops installed Windows 7 Professional with a downloaded ISO as long as it's the same version?
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22 Jul 2014   #4
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Yep! - just make sure that it's from the proper/legit servers, and not from some torrent somewhere!
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