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Old 09-11-2011, 04:15 AM
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Default Matching Windows 7 Product Key with Correct Version

I've been struggling with a customer's laptop & am at the point where I feel I need to reinstall the O/S. Unfortunately, I am now unable to access the drive. I've tried UBCD4Win as well as various keyreaders, etc., but can't find any information out regarding what version of windows she has. The drive is basically dead...even after the 'freeze' method!

The product key sticker on the bottom has the key itself visible, but the version is totally unreadable. The only reason why I even know it's windows 7 is because of the little sticker next to the touchpad!

So at this point, I have no idea if it's 32 or 64 bit, starter, premium, ultimate, pro...nothing but the key!
(oh, & if anybody can explain WHY those keys always seem to rub off either the key itself OR the version!!!) Probably a MS scam to get you to buy another 1!
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:55 AM
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I use Windows 7 PID Key Checker if I need to check a key:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...-Checker.shtml

You could check the manufacturer and see what it originally shipped with.
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WOW! IT WORKED & FAST! I like to learn as I go, learning on the job, but man, this forum was a much better way to go about it. Why beat my head on the wall.

Now I just have to figure out how to get all versions of various operating systems. I read in 1 Technibble email of that ei.cfg Removal Utility that unlocks 7 to show all versions. Also, I recently read a Technibble article on MAPS. Seems like for every 1 thing you learn, there's 2 more things waiting to be figured out.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss, but I've got to make a living!

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Now I just have to figure out how to get all versions of various operating systems.
Have a look at Technet from MS.

All versions of windows products (in iso format). Together with 2 keys. These keys are NOT for client use though. They are only for testing of the products within your own environment.

Then you will want to look into manufacturer iso's, ie the Dells, Hp, Acer's of this world.

These are a godsend, especially for XP machines. Not so much vista and 7, as they are pretty much the same, one disc fit all kind of scenario.
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Do you not have a cd with the efi.cfg patch so you can install any version?
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I've never heard of this.. Care to expand plse?

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Default ei.cfg Tool explanation

Hey! There was a Technibble Repair Tool of the Week called: "ei-cfg-removal-utility-repair-tool-of-the-week"..(Don't think I can post links yet). Windows 7 needs a separate disk for each version. The only difference between each DVD is a small 51 byte configuration file called ei.cfg which tells the installer what version disc it is. If you were to turn your DVD into an ISO, remove this ei.cfg file and write it back to a DVD, that DVD would become a Universal DVD. ei.cfg Removal Utility will make this easy for you. Create an ISO with your Win7 disk, run the tool, reburn the ISO back to DVD.

When used on an original Windows 7 ISO image, this utility will disable the
ei.cfg file, thus converting a disc image into a "universal" disc image.
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Thanks for the info. I will check it out later.
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Basically it allows you to make a Windows 7 disk which will let you install any version, just like Vista allowed. All perfectly legal and simple to do.
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Very very suprised that you hadn't heard of that Cadishead. Definately saves the trouble of carrying them all.
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