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what would be the quickest way to reinstall 7 with only the key and a formatted HDD? Can I go to microsofts website somewhere?

edit: can i install a lower version of 7 with a Enterprise CD and the home version key?
Edited by corpse fan - 1/31/11 at 12:15pm
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The quickest way is to borrow someone else's Win7 DVD, they're all identical apart from the ones shipped by the big OEMs with their machines.
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Don't think it's possible. Could you get a USB key and maybe burn a Windows ISO on it and install?
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You can use the enterprise disk with a home key, the key determines what is installed. I'm pretty sure that all the retail disks are identical and hold the ultimate version, with only the installer deciding what gets installed.
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You can use the enterprise disk with a home key, the key determines what is installed. I'm pretty sure that all the retail disks are identical and hold the ultimate version, with only the installer deciding what gets installed.

thats what i thought
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You can find everything you need in the link below, really good guide from Wontonforevuh here on OCN.

http://www.overclock.net/windows/753304-windows-7-download-links-install-reactivation.html
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nvm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by allikat;12212427 
You can use the enterprise disk with a home key, the key determines what is installed. I'm pretty sure that all the retail disks are identical and hold the ultimate version, with only the installer deciding what gets installed.

No, you can't.
With Vista you could, but with Windows 7, you must use the correct Key with the correct disk (unless you do as in the link above by Relevant Wing and remove the ei.cfg file.
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