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vanheusen
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how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

I was buy Laptop (DELL INSPIRON 5010) have liciense WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUME 64BIT OA MEA

But now my window is broken, i want use my license but no windows invalide with my key.

How can i do?

Where i can download windows 7 Home premiume 64BIT OA MEA?

Thank you!

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theflash1932
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

You cannot download the media.  You must order the media from Dell.  OEM keys are not compatible/valid with any other media.  You should, however, be able to use a Retail installation disk to install, then call Microsoft to activate by phone.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

You can download retail media in actual fact. Many users have reported these retail .isos to work with Windows 7 and Dell Product Keys. This is a much different case from XP and Vista.

I guess internet activation will be required. You may wish to use the Microsoft Windows 7 .iso to USB/DVD tool to create a DVD or bootable USB stick (4 GB or more) respectively.

Drivers are of course available on the Dell Drivers and Downloads Page which can be accessed from here. If you purchased Office 2010 with your system, make sure you have your product key and download the Office 2010 trial from Microsoft, instead use your product key Your Windows product Key is on a sticker at the base of your system. Other useful things are in My Dell Downloads (back up as it only lets you download 3 times and requires use of 32 bit internet explorer, has maybe programs you don't want such as McAfee), Dell Support Centre, Dell Webcam Centre (optional) and finally Dell Dock (Optional).

Finally here is a review I wrote on some useful (mainly free) software.

Edit:  "You can download retail media in actual fact" was"You can download the media in actual fact"  in error.

Dr Philip Yip
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Philip_Yip
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

Note there is also the Dell Quick Restore <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell> which restores your computer to factory settings. For instructions see here (it says Vista but the instructions are the same for 7).

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theflash1932
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

Nat ... did you even read my entire post??  You CANNOT download OEM media.  However, AS I SAID, you should be able to install using a Retail copy of the media.  I have only seen a single, unexplainable instance of the Dell OEM key automatically activating after using Retail media; several other occasions have required a phone call to activate, though it does work over the phone.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

Vanheusen, you are best to use the Dell Factory Restore if you can, as its generally faster and gives you all your system drivers etc.

The Flash, I am sorry I didn't explain very well, the download links I provided are the retail media, I should of stated that. Personally I have not used them with a Dell product key, I have however used them with an upgrade key and also a volume license key and they have worked fine via internet activation.

I am going by here and a few posts earlier (takes a long time for me to find them). In this post sparkotronic queries whether the Dell Product Key will work with the Retail Media. sparkotronic then goes ahead and uses the media and defines it as a painless reinstall (so therefore I assume no phone activation was needed and internet activation sufficed). There were also a few users before him that got along fine.

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theflash1932
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

When he said that his key won't validate, I assumed he already tried to reinstall using some other media, so he possibly doesn't have his Recovery Partition intact.  When I have activated over the phone, I'm on the phone for less than 2-3 minutes - not as painless as Internet activation, but still relatively painless.

Yes, Retail keys will absolutely work for upgrading (In-Place and Anytime upgrades) OEM Windows to a higher version of Windows, but activation after installation is what I'm talking about.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

Ah okay but essentially these retail isos can be used with a Dell product key with (at the worst) automated phone activation?

Dr Philip Yip
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theflash1932
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

Correct.  I've done probably 8 or 10 of them for customers ... once activation worked automatically (again, still not sure why) and the rest of the time simply needed a very short phone call to Microsoft ... I've never had all avenues of activation fail (same for Vista) using OEM keys with Retail media.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: how can i download windows 7 home premium OA MEA -- 64BIT

Thanks, Nice to know. I have been recommending some folk to use those isos when they have lost their media. They seemed to be happy with the suggestion but its good to get some definite confirmation. Smiley Happy

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