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Installing a ISO version downloaded from Microsoft?

I have downloaded a ISO of Windows 7 from Microsoft and burned it to a cd because I had to replace a bad hard drive and the original Windows 7 cd/dvd was misplaced. I had the key to the system attached to the computer case. I had no problem installing window 7 and validating after install. My question is ...... Can I buy  "new Keys" from Microsoft and use the ISO that I burned and the new Key to install on a new build?
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jcimarron

8/22/2022 - Mon
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The reason I am asking this is that since I build a lot of PC's is it safe and legal to do it they way I am talking about doing to save on cost.. Example... I have a customer who I just built a new Windows 7 home editions for. The old PC I built is running XP. they want me to format and install windows 7. By installing from a ISO, Windows 7 that I downloaded form Microsoft, would it be cost effective and legal for me to buy a new Windows 7 key and install the ISO that I burned to cd/dvd and also be able to activate the new OS using the new Key? Of course I would need 32/64 drivers for hardware issues but I plan on put them on a cd/dvd or flash drive prior to me doing the format. Do you see any other issues I might have?
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Sushil Sonawane

You don't need to buy a new key for widows 7. your old key work for the new iso also. if you face any issue contact Microsoft support service.
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Note that since you're building these PC's, you can legally use OEM licenses, which are significantly less expensive than retail media.
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Simple answer: Yes. :-)
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Many of the above posts have correctly stated that you can use the .iso disk to install whatever version of Win 7 the new product key (license) is good for.
This assumes that the .iso disk contains all versions of Win 7, which is true of a retail Win 7 disk.  The product key chooses the version that may be activated.
If the disk is limited to only one version of Win 7 then the only product key that will work is one for that version.