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    windows 7 download (legally)

    Hi there - does anyone know where i can obtain a legal copy of windows 7 home premium from? (a non fiddled with version)

    I have been given a laptop under the DSA scheme (as a student at a university) and no media to flatten it and start again (without all the silly bits from the supplying company).

    I have a legit windows 7 home prem OA license with the laptop.

    The reason i need to do this is they have set the C drive to 80GB and my system files which have to sit on C drive wont fit. Not to mention that i cant dual boot it as needed for my programming course ect.

    I'm fully aware that this will void my suppliers warranty on software and software support (which i told them i didn't need anyway).

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    awesome - will have a looksie and see if these are good for me nice one - i will sleep easier tonight. Thank You.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    ...I'm fully aware that this will void my suppliers warranty on software and software support (which i told them i didn't need anyway).
    Perhaps you don't have to void your warranty if you don't want to:

    Link: Welcome to SlimComputer - Slim Down Your New Computer!

    Optimize your system with push-button controls that let you disable services, remove links & uninstall the software you never asked for.
    I have used it with good results on XP and Windows 7.

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    Is there not a restore partition ? if you can invoke a system recovery then you could reset it to factory defaults.

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    Cheers DaveP, but i really need to change the partitions which i guess is a bit beyond that software.


    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Is there not a restore partition ? if you can invoke a system recovery then you could reset it to factory defaults.
    Yes - but they've stripped all Toshiba content (including removing me tosh bundled software) and installed a customized win 7 which silly partitions and then installed their own kinda backup thing which wipes it and starts again (back to their settings ect) I also don't trust the company to have a VNC software running on my pc that i cant disable for some strange reason.

    As soon as i install linux grub i'm pretty sure most of there custom fiddling will break!

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    run into another problem - no drivers for the CD drive, yet the version on there currently say that it's using normal MS drivers. (yes, strange as i'm booting from CD).

    -and Toshiba has no drivers for the CD on the support site.

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    Look for mass storage / sata drivers, it may be using a weird chipset.

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    my post to tosh support.

    urm this will be a weird one...

    I have a new tosh laptop brought for me through the DSA scheme in the UK (i'm currently a student) and well the supplying company have removed the Toshiba install of windows and given me their custom one including settings i do not like - i would like to return this to a blank copy of windows or the tosh copy of windows but i don't have access to either currently it would seem.

    I have downloaded a copy from Official Windows 7 SP1 Disks - Win Toolkit - WinCert.net Forums burn it to disk but i get the error "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. if you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now." I have tried using all the drivers the ''support'' company had installed (into a partition/folder and told me about), but none work - have also tried changing the ACHI to IDE mode in the BIOS and that didn't help so changed it back. i have looked in tosh support but the drivers don't appear in the list.

    I also have an automated win 7 32bit enterprise install on a USB from the days of working in corporate IT and studying for (70-680) this doesn't give me the error and allows me to install windows. (onto another partition for now). I don't want to use it as i don't own an enterprise licence and do own the OEM license with the laptop so would like to use it.

    what do people suggest i do?
    I'm getting "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. if you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now." Anyone else ever had this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Look for mass storage / sata drivers, it may be using a weird chipset.
    - using intel mobile express SATA AHCI controller/chipset - after loading those drivers i get " no new devices could be found. Make sure the driver files are correct and located on the driver installation media."

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    That'll learn you for getting a Toshiba

    Have you tried just using an external USB DVD drive or a USB key Maximum PC | How To: Install Windows 7 from a USB Key!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    That'll learn you for getting a Toshiba
    Not my choice - If i had gone out and brought it there wouldn't be a problem as it would come with recovery program to make disks and tbh it would be usable out of the box. just this company have messed with it.

    Will give the external disk drive a go cheers

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    I get the same problem from the external CD drive.

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    Which Toshiba laptop do you have? You most likely need the Intel RST 'F6' AHCI drivers.

    The "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" error message is also sometimes caused by bad DVD-R discs or the ISO being corrupt. It might be worth verifying the SHA-1 checksum using HashCheck to be sure.

    Code:
    Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (English)
    x64 (X17-58997.iso)
    SHA-1: 6C9058389C1E2E5122B7C933275F963EDF1C07B9
    
    x86 (X17-58996.iso)
    SHA-1: 6071B4553FCF0EA53D589A846B5AE76743DD68FC

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    ahha - thanks Arthur, that's a really neat shell extension (thank you), it seams this is my problem - i have a different hash. would that be due to me re-naming the ISO or is it likely to be corrupt?

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