I have an oldish laptop that is need of a new hard drive. I've got a new 2Tb drive and have backed up all my personal files. The main issue I have is that the OS is a bit tired and beaten up about now, and I was contemplating doing a clean install instead of cloning the drive again (this is the laptop's second new HDD). I don't have a Windows installation disc and I have to recovery partition either (lost in the last drive cloning process).
Is there a way of downloading a copy of the installation files or a disc image so I can use my genuine OEM Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (or a newer improved version, but NOT Windows 8) product key to reactivate it please?
I for one have certainly used OEM product keys (e.g. as supplied on the CoA on the underside of a laptop which perviously had a pre-installed OEM version of the OS) with Win7 install images from Digital River with absolutely no problems.
My installation stalled at almost the first hurdle using the download from here ..... it asked for a cd/dvd driver for the device it was already reading the disc with, crazy.
It was bought as an oem device and I can't find a driver for it anywhere as it's quite new too :(
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