Windows 7 installation media for computer with Windows 7 License key sticker

I have some Lenovo and HP computers that at the time when they were purchased we downgraded them to Windows XP.  They came from the supplier Windows 7 pro on them and all have a windows 7 license sticker with license key.    I have two questions.

1.) I assume the windows 7 license key the is on the license key sticker is a valid license to put Windows 7 back on them

2.) Where can I get installation media or setup files that we accept those keys?  I have try using other Windows 7 CD's and they give a message that the key is not valid for use with the install disk I have,   I am guessing I will need some kind of OEM setup discs or Files.  

I don't really want to buy a new install CD and license just so I can re-install windows 7.
Mike_StevensAsked:
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jcimarronCommented:
Mike_Stevens--
You can download an .iso disc containing Win 7 installation disks here--free.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery
However I suspect it will work only with product keys for retail versions of Win 7.
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flubbsterCommented:
It sounds like you need to go the volume license route. Figure out exactly how many licenses you need and purchase a volume license to cover it. It you try to go with OEM license, you need to be a Microsoft system Builder. You can purchase individual OEM restore disks from the manufacturer for each model and use that disk on each of the same system, using the sticker attached.
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Mike_StevensAuthor Commented:
never though of the restore disc idea.  Ill check that out
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nobusCommented:
check if there is a restore partition available
if so, you can use that - and make an image of the freshly installed pc's for the future
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Mike_StevensAuthor Commented:
Jcimarron….the link you provided is what I was looking for. However you have to enter and validate a license key before you can download anything.  The key I have indicates that it was for Windows 7 installed by Lenovo so I have contact them instead of downloading from Microsoft.  Thanks for the help.
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jcimarronCommented:
Mike_Stevens--
Glad to have helped.
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flubbsterCommented:
So the solution is that you have to contact the Manufacturer for the OEM disk. Isn't that what I suggested?
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