I have a laptop and Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit OEM original (genuine), there is the COA on the bottom of my laptop. Accidentally, I upgraded it to Ultimate but it's not genuine, so I want to perform fresh install back to the Home Basic.
I didn't get the CD recovery from the manufacturer, I just tried to download the .iso file from microsoft software recovery, but couldn't do that, because it's only for retail version.. I have no choice, and I searched the internet, I found the third party site that serve the Windows 7 .iso, it was official, untouched, and clean, doesn't any crack, modifer, keygen, etc.
It's only the eifcg has removed, so the setup was AIO (All-in-One) or universal, included x86 and x64.
Just like the original CD contains. I've download it, install to my laptop, and I use my genuine oem product key to activate it, and it was successfully passed all the activation, got the microsoft security essentials, and have been upgraded to Windows 10 Home.
Is it legal for me to do that? Downloading the iso file from third party instead the digital river has been ended.
I have no choice.
Here's the link that I download the 7.iso : . http://getintopc.com/softwares/operating-systems/windows-7-home-basic-free-download-iso-32-bit-64-bit/ .
Please check it, is it legal?
And should I buy the genuine dvd to reinstall it?
- 1 This recovery method will result in the loss of all user files & all installed applications and it may also remove all disk partitions.
Links to essential external procedures that must be followed during this recovery method
- 1Installing and reinstalling Windows 7
Links to advisory documents worth reviewing before starting this recovery method
- 1Windows Help
- 2PC manual
1To make an installation DVD or USB [I suggest using a USB stick as you'll have to do a manual edit to the Installation Disk so a USB is easiest - see 1.4 below]:
1.1Download the correct ISO file for 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium [see paras 1.2 & 1.4 below] fromOfficial Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital Riverand the Windows 7 USB-DVD download toolThe download tool can run on Windows 7, Vista & XP SP2 but XP users need additional components that are listed, & linked to, on the download page.
1.2You can only run a successful installation of the version of Windows [Home Premium & so on] that is identified on your Certificate of Authenticity [CoA] but in your case you will need to create the Installation disk for Home Premium then do a manual edit of the disk to make it able to install Home Basic [see para 1.4 below for that edit task].The PC manual also needs to be checked as, if the PC is only specified as being capable of running 32 bit Windows 7 [“x86” but often referred to as x32], then only a 32 bit [x86] installation will succeed.If the PC is specified as being capable of running 64 bit Windows 7 [“x64”] then a x64 installation would normally be chosen.If you have any access to the system at all at this stage, then you can check the current version at Control panel, [set it to View by - large or small icons rather than Categories], System - see the entry at the top for the version & the entry lower down at System type for 64 bit or 32 bit.Your Windows 7 CoA Product Key is valid for 32 bit & 64 bit versions so you can choose which one to install.Your Windows 7 CoA Product Key is valid for SP1 even if you have not yet installed that update.
1.3 On another PC, using an admin-level account, install the USB-DVD Download Tool then run it with the ISO file stored anywhere on the system [except the target DVD / USB drive, I discovered, although others say that it can be on the target drive].The result is a Windows 7 SP1 installation DVD / USB. The USB-DVD Download Tool can then be ignored or it can be uninstalled.
1.4 Because you have a Product Key for the Home Basic version, you need to do a manual modification of the Installation Disk to make it into a multi-version installer [for Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate]. This is not an illicit procedure; you will use your existing Product Key and you will choose Windows 7 Home Basic during the installation procedure [your Product Key will only work for that version]. I have done that procedure on my Installation USB and it seems reliable. On the Installation USB [or rewriteable DVD], go to the "sources" folder and delete the file ei.cfg - that is all you need to do and you now have a Multi-version Windows 7 Installation USB.
2To install Windows 7:
2.1Insert the Windows installation disk, (re)start the system.As soon as the PC maker’s logo appears, set the system to boot from the DVD / USB drive as appropriate by pressing repeatedly on the Boot options key or the BIOS key identified onscreen at this point [or identified in the PC manual].
2.2After several minutes [that can include periods with a blank screen & no apparent activity], wait during the “Starting Windows” screen then, at the first Install Windows dialog, select the language the time-currency format & the keyboard.Then click Next.
2.3At the next Install Windows dialog, select Install now.
2.4Onscreen instructions will then guide you through the installation procedure.There is more detailed guidance at Installing and reinstalling Windows 7.
2.5At the end of the reinstallation, you may or may not have to activate Windows 7.If you are reinstalling the version preinstalled by the PC maker then they might have provided for a self-activation process that you will not even notice.If you have any doubts then you can go to Genuine Microsoft Software Validation afterwards to validate the activation / self-activation if you wish.