If I download a legit windows 7 iso from here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery and I have a legit windows 7 installation DVD (retail, not OEM), can I activate using that product key?

  • It looks like it will verify your product key on that page anyway, so that should answer your question. If the key is valid, then yes. – MC10 Aug 1 '15 at 22:14
  • @MC10 Thought so, can't check because I haven't bought the key yet, wanted to check before buying – Hamzah Malik Aug 1 '15 at 22:23
  • That download is only for retail purchased Windows 7, will not work with OEM keys, so yes it should work if your key is truly a legit retail key that has never been activated. – Moab Aug 2 '15 at 1:55

Yes, your windows 7 DVD is just a ISO burned on a DVD, so it's completely the same.

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