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Where is the best place online to purchase an OEM-version of Windows 7 Home Premium for immediate download?

Where is the best place online to purchase an OEM-version of Windows 7 Home Premium for immediate download?

I did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bitr by using an ISO that I burned. But my upgrade key was not accepted for clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate, only valid for upgrading from an installed Windows 7 Home Premium. And after I installed Windows 7 Ultimate from the ISO I burned, the recovery partition on my laptop automatically was deleted (although, at Dell Servicecenter here in China, it was displayed as hidden). Seem to not matter whether it is hidden or deleted, because apparantly it can not be used any longer to recover from.

So I spoke to Dell Support today again, and they told me there is no product key I can use for my factory installed Windows 7 Home Premium as it was installed as OEM (not retail version). And they said I must buy a new Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM) and install from that DVD or download.

Have three questions about this:

1. Can I 100 % forget about that recovery partition, whether it is hidden or deleted?
2. From where can I purchase a download of an OEM-version of Windows 7 Home Premium, burn it from the ISO and install it? How much do I need to pay approximately?
3. Can I 100 % upgrade from this Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM) to Windows 7 Ultimate?
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
If your PC came with an OEM install of the product and you have wiped it, you should be contacting the manufacturer for a correct ISO of the OEM install for that platform. Your OEM key that you have will not work with just any version of windows.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Oh and most PC manufacturers will supply this FOC
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Darr247Commented:
I don't think you can download OEM versions anywhere. Not even if you have an MSDN or TechNet subscription. There are sites that tell how to make them, though.

But check out these auction listings
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221120448473
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150892045324
Note they come with a hard drive, but I wouldn't count on them being *working* hard drives.

And that price is probably about the same as you would pay Dell, if they sold them anymore... they used to just charge $9 or $10 if your warranty had already expired, but now if you don't call and ask for one before it expires, they won't even sell you one. Those would likely arrive before you can assemble all the files and make one, too.
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nobusCommented:
ok - right, i overlooked the OEM part, my bad
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noxchoCommented:
Contact your machine vendor. OEM means that this version will be available from retailers/PC vendors only.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
I contacted Dell Support in China, and they replied that Dell have no product key to supply me with, and that because the factory default OS on my new laptop was an OEM-license for Windows 7 Home Premium, I have no choice but to purchase a completely new license if I have lost the recovery partition. However, it seems now that it might be possible to get this recovery partition to work again as I am currently getting a lot of help solving this in another of my postings here at EE. It has something to do with Dell mbr and the file winre.wim
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Darr247Commented:
If you use a DVD like
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=271053360767
it will install using Dell's SLP key, which is embedded in the setup files, and it will activate by checking info in the BIOS at bootup. I didn't see any available on ebay.cn though.
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