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post #1 of 10
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i was given a laptop with win 7 ultimate. can i clean install using a win 7 pro disk and inserting the ultimate's key?

tks

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post #2 of 10
You have to use the same disk/key combo. Ultimate key needs a Ultimate disk.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7
Insert your key there and it will give you an ISO for the correct disk. then either make a bootable USB or burn to a dvd
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post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
well thank you very much.

i suspected something like that but trying to google that with a question was a bit much. biggrin.gif

thanks again! thumb.gif

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post #4 of 10
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well that turned out to be to easy.

verify gave me an error and faq page gave this as the best q and a,
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The most common issue is the use of a product key for a product not currently supported by the site such as an Upgrade key, an MSDN key, product keys for pre-installed media or an Enterprise edition key. For access to MSDN products or Enterprise edition visit the MSDN Portal or the Volume Licensing Service Center. Upgrades and pre-installed media are not currently supported by the tools on the site.

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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by kill View Post

You have to use the same disk/key combo. Ultimate key needs a Ultimate disk.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7
Insert your key there and it will give you an ISO for the correct disk. then either make a bootable USB or burn to a dvd

Technically that is partially wrong.
The CD doesn't determine what OS version you have, it matters only on the key.

So if you have a key for ultimate, then you need to install ultimate.

Using an ei.cfg remover, it actually turns a normal iso into an all in one iso.
There are basically 32bit disks, and 64bits disks, and regardless of version they have the same content on them.
The ei.cfg file just tells the windows installer which version of the OS to display.
post #6 of 10
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it looks as if you have a oem copy, microsoft no longer has downloads for you.

when i originally was give the laptop, there was a vista sticker on it.. i had planned to just install linux on it. first i had to order a battery and charger.
when that arrived yesterday, i found it to have a oem copy of win 7 ultimate. so i thought i would try to salvage it.

back to plan "a" and install a copy of mint on it.

thanks again for the conversation.

ud
post #7 of 10
There are other places to get ahold of an OEM cd for windows.

Also I found this page.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7

Does that work for you?
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
that looks like the page i kept getting the error message when i tried to verify the key.

i came across a page last night that made it quite clear that it was retail keys or nothing.

kind of moot now, put linux on it today. couldn't use mint though. something about the nvidia driver that sony lappies use.


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post #9 of 10
Im sure if you really want windows, you might be able to go to a local computer shop and they will have an iso or disk you can use to install with.
All OEM copies are the same, so it is legal to give them out.
The key is what matters.
post #10 of 10
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well thanks again and i was just wondering because it was something i hadn't run into before.

it's a 10 year old laptop that originally came with vista. i ended up putting a copy of mageia on it. it will do just fine. i really have nothing planned for it. just playin'. biggrin.gif


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