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    Does the DVD that you have actually matter?

    This method looks promising, but so far it has not worked for me. I did not have a Windows 7 DVD since my system is one of those with the factory reinstall partition. So I went and bought a Windows 7 Professional OEM DVD for use on several systems that I have a need to fix.

    My base problem is that a system freshly reimaged from the factory reinstall does not allow Windows Update to work and none of the patches that I have found seem to fix this problem. I decide to try Fred's method of fixing the installation. The problem is that the computer is Windows 7 Home Premium and the DVD that I have is Windows 7 Professional. While Fred states that is does not matter which edition DVD you use since the key code enables the correct version, this does not seem to be the case . After starting the process per Fred's instructions I eventually get to a prompt telling me that if I want to upgrade from Home Premium to Professional I need to use the Anytime Upgrade feature rather than the DVD and it kicks me out.

    I wonder if there is some way around this or some detail that I missed in running the Upgrade option.
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    I moved this post to its own thread in the Windows 7 forum.

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    Try this:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20442...-can-find.html

    It worked for me for Windows Starter. However, go here for the Windows .iso files:

    http://www.w7forums.com/threads/offi...-2#post-124821

    Then, create a bootable DVD using:

    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool

    Zig
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    I think the only way you could put an OEM upgraded version onto a computer is if you format the drive first for a clean install and then you could only install it onto one machine as it takes the "fingerprint" of that motherboard.

    You can use the eicfg removal utility on a Win 7 SP1 Pro ISO which will make it an universal install disk, which you can do a repair install on your Win 7 HP machines or just download the relevant SP1 ISO from http://www.w7forums.com/threads/offi...-2#post-124821 and use http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool to create a bootable USB/DVD.

    If you want to go the Pro ISO route for an universal USB/DVD, it still needs to be either 32 or 64 bit and you can use the link in http://code.kliu.org/misc/winisoutils/ to save the eicfg .zip

    After you have extracted its files, run the .exe and point it to the ISO just as you would when using the USB/DVD burner.

    An alternative to a repair install is to perform an offboot sfc /scannow after booting up with the install disk and you can use a normal/universal Pro SP1 ISO or the relevant HP SP1 - select Repair your Computer to navigate to the Recovery Environment and select Command Prompt.

    At the Command Prompt enter bcdedit |find "osdevice" and using whichever partition letter it gives enter (assuming C: ) - and that is a Pipe symbol before find.

    sfc /scannow /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=C:\Windows

    Type exit and press enter to close the cmd window - remove the disk then restart.

    Belarc Advisor will list your product key if you want to use the Repair Install http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and remember to back up your drivers folders first from Windows\System32 to drop them back in afterwards.
    Last edited by Sudo15; 2014-10-13 at 12:15.

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