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Download media for Windows 7 OEM 64 bit

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I have to rebuild a computer with a legitimate product key.  The recovery software is installed on the hard drive that is completely dead.    Are there any online recourses from Microsoft to download replacement OEM media. or other sources?
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Will my TechNet disks work for an OEM install?
Chris AshcraftSenior Analyst - Technology
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I doubt it.   It never did in the past and I can't imagine Microsoft changing their tune now.

Best bet is to go back to the computer manufacturer and have them overnight the disks to you.  Some will do it for free but most will charge some sort of a shipping fee.  I don't think I've ever received a charge higher than $30.

If you can't wait you'll have to use your TechNet disk and whatever product key you have for it.

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I have a Microsoft Partner Subscription.   Will the Win 7 disk work for an OEM reinstall?   I guess I can try it easy enough...

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Nope.
It should work but be prepared to use your Product Key.    The OEM Keyh won't work.

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i don't see anything in the MSDN subscription details about including media for Win 7 Home Premium.
Who manufactured the computer anyway?

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Sony
Go back to Sony, they'll supply you with the proper disks.  You're not the first person who's had this issue.

If you have to get something going immediately then you're going to have to use your MSDN subscription and load one of your Windows 7 installs.   Even if it's Windows Professional or Ultimate it should work.   Just don't try to get away with Windows Starter.

Good luck.

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Ordered disk from Sony.   Customer will just have to wait...

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