Windows 8 deleted my disc - Solved


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Peter Foldes

Char

See my post in the other thread of the same subject in a reply to when Ed posted
that it is solved

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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Ed said:
I solved the problem with two simple steps; 1. Run Testdisk to
rebuild the partition tables;
http://download.cnet.com/TestDisk-and-PhotoRec/3000-2248_4-10511775.html
2. Boot from a Win7 installation disk and use Repair. If you haven't
got one borrow a friend's or download here;
http://techpp.com/2009/11/11/download-windows-7-iso-official-direct-download-links/

I don't understand. What am I missing? Are these free ISO's of Windows 7
installation disks? What about registration/authentication?

I have a registered, authentic installation DVD (Ultimate x64), but I'd
like to have a disk with integrated SP1.
 
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Char Jackson

I don't understand. What am I missing? Are these free ISO's of Windows 7
installation disks? What about registration/authentication?

I have a registered, authentic installation DVD (Ultimate x64), but I'd
like to have a disk with integrated SP1.
They are just the physical media. Honest people will still need a
valid registration key in order to activate, which it's assumed would
be purchased legitimately.

(Dishonest people are not under the same constraints.)
 
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Char Jackson

Char

See my post in the other thread of the same subject in a reply to when Ed posted
that it is solved
I saw that, but at this point I have no reason to disbelieve Ed's
account of the situation.
 
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Ed Cryer

They are just the physical media. Honest people will still need a
valid registration key in order to activate, which it's assumed would
be purchased legitimately.

(Dishonest people are not under the same constraints.)
Fair point, but I used a borrowed installation DVD and ran the system
repair function without any hitch or mention of a cent.
Presumably you could download one of those .ISO files and do the same.
Whether you could install from it or not I don't know, but I should
think it highly likely that you can. Activation of the installation
would be, of course, a different matter.

Ed
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Ed said:
Fair point, but I used a borrowed installation DVD and ran the system
repair function without any hitch or mention of a cent.
Presumably you could download one of those .ISO files and do the same.
Whether you could install from it or not I don't know, but I should
think it highly likely that you can. Activation of the installation
would be, of course, a different matter.
I wonder if the product key from my legitimate MS DVD would work.
 
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Ed Cryer

I wonder if the product key from my legitimate MS DVD would work.
It's to be proven, and can be by downloading.
Personally I doubt it. Unless, that is, you haven't already used the
product key on another activation.

MS are cunning. That's why people pride themselves on tinkering with
Windows Setup discs, taking and removing items and validation, and then
putting them on torrent websites.

Ed
 
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Char Jackson

Fair point, but I used a borrowed installation DVD and ran the system
repair function without any hitch or mention of a cent.
Right. That set of operations doesn't require any activation or
validation.
Presumably you could download one of those .ISO files and do the same.
Whether you could install from it or not I don't know, but I should
think it highly likely that you can. Activation of the installation
would be, of course, a different matter.
Exactly. You'd use your own valid key to activate the installation.

And yes, you can install from these media. I sometimes use them, or
images like them, to get people back up and running. Many of my
customers don't have or have misplaced their physical media, if they
ever had it in the first place, so in some cases I use one of these
images along with the customer's valid product key to get them back in
business.
 
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Char Jackson

Product keys have to match with respect to version, edition, Retail
vs. OEM, and Full vs. Upgrade.
After I posted that I wondered if I should have spelled it out, so
thanks for doing it for me.
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Char said:
After I posted that I wondered if I should have spelled it out, so
thanks for doing it for me.
What I have is the academic release of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 upgrade, so it
probably wouldn't match. :-(
 
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