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I bought a copy of it from my school, but I can no longer download it from them (they changed stuff around, old purchases can't be downloaded anymore in the new system). I have the CD key, so I would just need the files. Is there any place I could download those?
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There are direct links to Microsoft's distribution servers on this thread. Have fun!
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There are direct links to Microsoft's distribution servers on this thread. Have fun!
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I'm not 100% sure but I don't think that OEM keys (which is what your school probably uses) will work with a retail copy. You probably also have the get the same version (ultimate, business, home, etc). I think you just need to find the right iso, but finding the exact one that isnt cracked on a torrent site might be difficult.
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Originally Posted by Xazen View Post
I'm not 100% sure but I don't think that OEM keys (which is what your school probably uses) will work with a retail copy. You probably also have the get the same version (ultimate, business, home, etc). I think you just need to find the right iso, but finding the exact one that isnt cracked on a torrent site might be difficult.
You can use any key with any official Windows 7 installation media. OEM/retail, or Home Premium vs. Ultimate or whatever, is determined by the coding in the product key, not the contents of the installation media.
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You can use any key with any official Windows 7 installation media. OEM/retail, or Home Premium vs. Ultimate or whatever, is determined by the coding in the product key, not the contents of the installation media.
So a home premium has the same content on the disc as ultimate, and it just chooses what to install based on the key??
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So a home premium has the same content on the disc as ultimate, and it just chooses what to install based on the key??
Yes. It's one of the good features of Windows 7.
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That's not entirely true. There's a file called ei.cfg in the sources directory that tells the install which version the disc is for. So, yes all discs have the same contents, save for that file, but no you can't just punch in whatever key you want into it.

If you alter the ISO and remove the ei.cfg file you won't have that problem. It becomes a generic install disc.

I got this information from here.

Disclaimer: I am not advocating doing anything that you find mentioned in the above link, nor am I taking responsibility if you do alter your ISO and get poor results. This is purely for educational purposes.
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don't schools/businesses use windows 7 professional? or probably that's just some
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That's not entirely true. There's a file called ei.cfg in the sources directory that tells the install which version the disc is for. So, yes all discs have the same contents, save for that file, but no you can't just punch in whatever key you want into it.

If you alter the ISO and remove the ei.cfg file you won't have that problem. It becomes a generic install disc.
That's true; I forgot about ei.cfg.

If you do an unattended installation of Windows, e.g. with System Image Manager, it overrides ei.cfg anyway.
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