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My PC is completely screwed, not going to go into huge details why but I don't have an OS installed on there and the OEM Windows 7 disc I have isn't installing because it requires an OS already installed, it works only as an upgrader.


Anyway, how can I install a version of windows 7, just so I can then install my legit copy?

What torrent do I have to look for, I mean I can download a illegal version but not enter a fake key, I can enter my real key so it's legit?

Also, I have to download the iso and then burn that to a cd right?
Do I copy over the .iso file or do I extract the .iso and then copy over the files inside it?
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  1. Best answer
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE
  2. Let's see....you bought this on eBay, right?

    That is not a legal install disk or key. That belonged to a Dell PC. It is not an 'upgrade' version...it was meant to be installed on a dell.

    As far as downloading an illegal torrent copy...there are multiple reasons why that is a bad idea.
    Don't do that.

    Man up, and buy a legal copy.
  3. Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.
  4. Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    Actually had that downloaded earlier, forgot to try that one out!
    Thank you, I'll let you know if it worked!
  5. USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?
  6. USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.


    His original post indicated he had a 'real key'....if he doesn't, i wash my hands of this thread.
  7. rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    From where was this key obtained?
  8. rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    If you have a retail key (not OEM) then that digital river iso will work just fine.
  9. Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    If you have a retail key (not OEM) then that digital river iso will work just fine.

    ..Well I think it's legit haha?
    I'm new to building pc's anyways, had mine for about a year..
    It's an OEM code but can't I just install the windows 7, not put in a code and then install my OEM version of Windows 7 and THEN put my code in?
  10. rhysneville said:
    Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    If you have a retail key (not OEM) then that digital river iso will work just fine.

    ..Well I think it's legit haha?
    I'm new to building pc's anyways, had mine for about a year..
    It's an OEM code but can't I just install the windows 7, not put in a code and then install my OEM version of Windows 7 and THEN put my code in?


    Probably so, i've had to follow a similar process with an upgrade only key i had, except i installed a full version of xp to upgrade to 7. I'm not positive of being able to upgrade an un-activated copy though.
  11. rhysneville said:
    Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    If you have a retail key (not OEM) then that digital river iso will work just fine.

    ..Well I think it's legit haha?
    I'm new to building pc's anyways, had mine for about a year..
    It's an OEM code but can't I just install the windows 7, not put in a code and then install my OEM version of Windows 7 and THEN put my code in?


    A Win 7 OEM key is tied to the first motherboard it installed with. You can use any disk (of the same Win 7 version) to install....it's the key that matters.

    Again...where did you get this key from?
    That Dell DVD? That is not legit.
  12. USAFRet said:
    rhysneville said:
    Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    If you have a retail key (not OEM) then that digital river iso will work just fine.

    ..Well I think it's legit haha?
    I'm new to building pc's anyways, had mine for about a year..
    It's an OEM code but can't I just install the windows 7, not put in a code and then install my OEM version of Windows 7 and THEN put my code in?


    A Win 7 OEM key is tied to the first motherboard it installed with. You can use any disk (of the same Win 7 version) to install....it's the key that matters.

    Again...where did you get this key from?
    That Dell DVD? That is not legit.


    I got it from eBay, but like I said I had no idea it was illegal. It was my first pc build and I wanted to keep the price down as much as possible. But as it works, I'm not going to buy a whole new key, at least I bought a key and didn't torrent it all together, right?
  13. Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    If you have a retail key (not OEM) then that digital river iso will work just fine.

    ..Well I think it's legit haha?
    I'm new to building pc's anyways, had mine for about a year..
    It's an OEM code but can't I just install the windows 7, not put in a code and then install my OEM version of Windows 7 and THEN put my code in?


    Probably so, i've had to follow a similar process with an upgrade only key i had, except i installed a full version of xp to upgrade to 7. I'm not positive of being able to upgrade an un-activated copy though.


    Oh right, well I'll have a go and I'll keep you updated!
  14. It should be legit if it was just an unused OEM key, you can buy OEM disk/keys from any parts retailer...
  15. rhysneville said:

    I got it from eBay, but like I said I had no idea it was illegal. It was my first pc build and I wanted to keep the price down as much as possible. But as it works, I'm not going to buy a whole new key, at least I bought a key and didn't torrent it all together, right?


    IOW, "I bought cheap illegal stuff, and I don't care because it was cheap"
    Not knowing it wasn't legit does not make it legit. Just because you paid someone for it does not automatically make it legit.

    Do the words - "For Distribution Only With a New Dell PC" mean anything to you?
    I'm assuming you didn't get a Dell with this?
    Actually, you did. You just didn't go find their warehouse and pick it up.
    If you'd read the print at the bottom of that eBay listing, you might have noticed that.

    Maybe you'll be lucky and Microsoft won't deauthorize that key the next time you get a monthly update.
  16. USAFRet said:
    rhysneville said:

    I got it from eBay, but like I said I had no idea it was illegal. It was my first pc build and I wanted to keep the price down as much as possible. But as it works, I'm not going to buy a whole new key, at least I bought a key and didn't torrent it all together, right?


    IOW, "I bought cheap illegal stuff, and I don't care because it was cheap"
    Not knowing it wasn't legit does not make it legit. Just because you paid someone for it does not automatically make it legit.

    Do the words - "For Distribution Only With a New Dell PC" mean anything to you?
    I'm assuming you didn't get a Dell with this?
    Actually, you did. You just didn't go find their warehouse and pick it up.
    If you'd read the print at the bottom of that eBay listing, you might have noticed that.

    Maybe you'll be lucky and Microsoft won't deauthorize that key the next time you get a monthly update.


    No need to be a dick about it..
  17. rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    rhysneville said:

    I got it from eBay, but like I said I had no idea it was illegal. It was my first pc build and I wanted to keep the price down as much as possible. But as it works, I'm not going to buy a whole new key, at least I bought a key and didn't torrent it all together, right?


    IOW, "I bought cheap illegal stuff, and I don't care because it was cheap"
    Not knowing it wasn't legit does not make it legit. Just because you paid someone for it does not automatically make it legit.

    Do the words - "For Distribution Only With a New Dell PC" mean anything to you?
    I'm assuming you didn't get a Dell with this?
    Actually, you did. You just didn't go find their warehouse and pick it up.
    If you'd read the print at the bottom of that eBay listing, you might have noticed that.

    Maybe you'll be lucky and Microsoft won't deauthorize that key the next time you get a monthly update.


    No need to be a dick about it..


    Just telling it like it is. That is not a valid Windows 7 key.
  18. Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    Jaxem said:
    rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    Jaxem said:
    Here's a totally legal repository of Windows 7 images, you'll download the iso, then use a program like astroburn to burn it to a dvd for install:

    http://slickdeals.net/f/3939310-Download-all-Windows-7-DVD-ISOs-direct-from-Microsoft-for-FREE


    That assumes he has a valid activation key. Which, from that Dell disk, he does not have.

    I actually have a valid Microsoft product key if that's what you mean?


    If you have a retail key (not OEM) then that digital river iso will work just fine.

    ..Well I think it's legit haha?
    I'm new to building pc's anyways, had mine for about a year..
    It's an OEM code but can't I just install the windows 7, not put in a code and then install my OEM version of Windows 7 and THEN put my code in?


    Probably so, i've had to follow a similar process with an upgrade only key i had, except i installed a full version of xp to upgrade to 7. I'm not positive of being able to upgrade an un-activated copy though.


    ...Weird, decided to give it one final go using the Dell disc and it worked, after literally about 15 attempts in the last two days!
    Thanks for your help anyway though!
  19. USAFRet said:
    rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    rhysneville said:

    I got it from eBay, but like I said I had no idea it was illegal. It was my first pc build and I wanted to keep the price down as much as possible. But as it works, I'm not going to buy a whole new key, at least I bought a key and didn't torrent it all together, right?


    IOW, "I bought cheap illegal stuff, and I don't care because it was cheap"
    Not knowing it wasn't legit does not make it legit. Just because you paid someone for it does not automatically make it legit.

    Do the words - "For Distribution Only With a New Dell PC" mean anything to you?
    I'm assuming you didn't get a Dell with this?
    Actually, you did. You just didn't go find their warehouse and pick it up.
    If you'd read the print at the bottom of that eBay listing, you might have noticed that.

    Maybe you'll be lucky and Microsoft won't deauthorize that key the next time you get a monthly update.


    No need to be a dick about it..


    Just telling it like it is. That is not a valid Windows 7 key.


    And I said I thought it was legit, no need to rub it in my face?
  20. rhysneville said:


    And I said I thought it was legit, no need to rub it in my face?


    The question is...will you still use that key for this install?
  21. USAFRet said:
    rhysneville said:


    And I said I thought it was legit, no need to rub it in my face?


    The question is...will you still use that key for this install?


    Yes, that would just be a complete waste of money otherwise. If Microsoft do de-activate my key though, then I'll definitely be more careful next time and buy a key from a more reliable place such as scan.co.uk.
  22. rhysneville said:
    USAFRet said:
    rhysneville said:


    And I said I thought it was legit, no need to rub it in my face?


    The question is...will you still use that key for this install?


    Yes, that would just be a complete waste of money otherwise. If Microsoft do de-activate my key though, then I'll definitely be more careful next time and buy a key from a more reliable place such as scan.co.uk.


    So my previous comment was 100% correct:
    "I bought cheap illegal stuff, and I don't care because it was cheap"

    I'm out...
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