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12th April 2012, 03:14 AM #1
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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12th April 2012, 03:39 AM #2
2 Thanks to Arthur:
kearton (14th April 2012), mjs_mjs (12th April 2012)
12th April 2012, 04:16 AM #3
awesome - will have a looksie and see if these are good for me nice one - i will sleep easier tonight. Thank You.
12th April 2012, 06:58 AM #4
Perhaps you don't have to void your warranty if you don't want to:
Originally Posted by mjs_mjs
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12th April 2012, 09:44 AM #5
Is there not a restore partition ? if you can invoke a system recovery then you could reset it to factory defaults.
12th April 2012, 12:14 PM #6
Cheers DaveP, but i really need to change the partitions which i guess is a bit beyond that software.
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.
Originally Posted by cpjitservices
As soon as i install linux grub i'm pretty sure most of there custom fiddling will break!
14th April 2012, 01:43 PM #7
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.
14th April 2012, 01:45 PM #8
Look for mass storage / sata drivers, it may be using a weird chipset.
14th April 2012, 03:35 PM #9
my post to tosh support.
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?
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?
14th April 2012, 04:01 PM #10
- 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."
Originally Posted by SYNACK
14th April 2012, 04:06 PM #11
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!
14th April 2012, 04:17 PM #12
14th April 2012, 04:21 PM #13
I get the same problem from the external CD drive.
14th April 2012, 04:21 PM #14
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.
Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (English)
Thanks to Arthur from:
mjs_mjs (14th April 2012)
14th April 2012, 07:40 PM #15
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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