I've downloaded almost all of the Windows 7 iso files with the notion of supporting reinstalls that can be Authenticated without any funny business or workarounds.
My orginal understanding was that all one had to do was match up the version such as
Home Premium 32
Home Premium 64
Then one would use the CD Key that's on the COA or similar.
This has worked fine up to now but now I have a hiccup:
Is it true that one must also match "no Service Pack" or "Service Pack 1" to the original install?
I'm working on a Windows 7 64 Home Premium system from Dell. Windows was so badly messed up that the Recovery partition could not be used. Windows just went into a boot loop after trying an in-Windows Upgrade ("repair"). At that point the Recovery partition couldn't be accessed either. All that's left to do is a bare DVD install.
Jumping ahead: the system has one CD Key on the COA sticker and one CD key extractable from the registry.
- If I try to install from a Windows 7 64 Home Premium SP1 DVD, it will not accept the COA key. But, it will accept the extracted key. So, the install has worked.
- But when I go to Authenticate, neither of the keys work.
So, now I'm going to try reinstalling with a pre-SP1 DVD. But that seems a little silly and is going to be a lot of work in bringing yet another install up to date after the install.
Any wisdom on this?