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Installing Windows

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  1. This  guide is to help you find an untouched copy of Windows, then install and activate/reactivate it on any PC. Be very cautious of any copy you find unless you KNOW it hasn't been tampered with, and NEVER try to activate it using tools from google.
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  7.     Downloading Windows 8/10
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  9. For Windows 8.1 and 10, microsoft makes it easy to download them with their 'media creation tool'.  The tool downloads and burns the installer directly to DVD or flashdrive:
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  11. microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8
  12. microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
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  16. To get ISOs instead:
  17. Rg-adugard is a link generating site that allows you to download Windows 7/8.1/10 ISOs from microsoft.com.  
  18. To access them go to   tb.rg-adguard.net   select your edition, click download, and it will start downloading from a temporary link at microsoft.com. To verify the download is coming from microsoft's domain, you can right click the started download and copy the link in Firefox, or click "Show All" in Chrome. You'll find most ISOs under "Windows(Final)".
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  24.     Enterprise/Education/LTSB:
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  26. Windows 10 Pro works fine for most people, however there are some options that are only available in the Enterprise versions of Windows, like disabling apps/Windows Store, and the option to send the smallest amount of telemetry. You can manage these settings in Group Policy. "0" is the minimum telemetry setting, and only works in Enterprise/Education. Other versions of Windows will treat "0" as a "1". Be sure to ENABLE the "Allow Telemetry" setting before selecting a value.
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  28. https://www.ghacks.net/2018/03/12/configure-telemetry-windows-10/
  29. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/client-management/group-policies-for-enterprise-and-education-editions
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  31. (Setting telemetry lower than "1" may interfere with some microsoft services or disable updates.)
  32. https://www.askwoody.com/2018/windows-10-enterprise-does-setting-telemetry-to-zero-disable-cumulative-updates/
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  38. >>>Education:
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  40. Education is an excellent, fully functional edition of Enterprise, and is also free to many students (does not expire after leaving school). You can install it with normal Windows ISOs by selecting "Windows 10 Education" during setup:
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  42. https://tb.rg-adguard.net/dump.php?seach=bee211937f3ed11606590b541b2f5b97237ac09d&str=25&lang=en-US
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  48. >>>LTSB:
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  50. LTSB Torrent Link:
  51. magnet:?xt=urn:btih:3d46432a6b4be6e3c0d8dcbedfe9d2a550dc65f1&dn=en_windows_10_enterprise_2016_ltsb_x64_dvd_9059483.iso
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  53. Checksum:           031ED6ACDC47B8F582C781B039F501D83997A1CF
  54. Source:             https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/discussion-windows-10-enterprise-2016-ltsb.73435/page-2#post-1362825
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  60. LTSC Torrent Link:
  61. magnet:?xt=urn:btih:6faec726c7bbb9248b3a3ed8d77bd1a7c4598f05&dn=en_windows_10_enterprise_ltsc_2019_x64_dvd_74865958.iso&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fzer0day.ch%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.com%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexodus.desync.com%3A6969
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  63. Checksum:           0b8476eff31f957590ade6fe671f16161037d3f6
  64. Source:             https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/info-discussion-downloads-windows-10-resumed-public-1809-final-build-17763-1-107-pc-r.77945/page-67#post-1469455
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  70. LTSB/C is a minimal version of Enterprise intended for limited use devices like ATMs and kiosks that need consistency at all costs. Its main difference is that it only receives basic security updates, and misses out on stability fixes. To upgrade to a new release (for new features or software/driver compatibility) you have to install it as a full OS upgrade, and you may have to wait 2-3 years for a new one to come out. Other versions of Windows (exept Home) let you set a delay of up to a year for non-security updates. Windows Store/Cortana/Edge etc are also permanently disabled in LTSB/C, unless you download hack tools to enable them. You can easily enable/disable them in all other versions of Enterprise (i.e. for Win10 exclusive apps/games). LTSB/C have the same telemetry options as regular Enterprise/Education.
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  76.     Downloading Windows 7
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  78. Microsoft has made it more difficult to download Windows 7. Now the easiest way to get it is through the tb.rg-adguard.net link above, or by torrenting a copy:
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  80. https://www.pcsteps.com/45-download-windows-7-iso-legally-free-digital-river/#Download_Windows_7_Torrent
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  84. If you don't need a specific edition, go with "en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332.iso":
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  86. Torrent Link:       magnet:?xt=urn:btih:2534ecaab70e970ffb8a678ba5ae39e8fb945a72&dn=X17-59465.iso&tr=udp://tracker.coppersurfer.tk:6969&tr=udp://tracker.leechers-paradise.org:6969&tr=udp://tracker.zer0day.to:1337&tr=udp://explodie.org:6969&tr=udp://tracker.opentrackr.org:1337
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  88. SHA-1 checksum:  36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83
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  92. If you plan to activate with Daz Loader (recommended), you should set your computer's BIOS to legacy mode BEFORE you install Windows. Microsoft Toolkit can also activate Win 7 on GPT/UEFI, but only if you install the Professional edition. Any time you download ISOs from an unofficial source, you should follow the instructions under "Safety Concerns" to make sure your copy is malware free. If torrenting is not an option, there are a few other sources you can try:
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  94. https://www.raymond.cc/blog/links-for-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-microsofts-official-distributer/
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  100.     Installation
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  102. If you downloaded an ISO, use it to make an install disk:
  103. USB:         https://rufus.akeo.ie/
  104. DVD:         http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/imgburn.html
  105. From Linux:  http://www.webupd8.org/2017/06/tool-to-create-bootable-windows-usb.html
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  108. If you need help actually installing Windows, here's a detailed newbie's guide:   https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-clean-install-windows-7-2624917
  109. If you don't have a key, just skip when it asks.
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  113. Windows 7:
  114. Needs extra drivers if you're using a processor made since 2015:   http://pastebin.com/gHCCFBkt
  115. All fresh installs of 7 need help getting started with updates:    http://pastebin.com/quC0gz4j
  116. Enable legacy boot in BIOS before installing if you're planning to activate with Daz's Windows Loader. Microsoft Toolkit can usually activate Win 7 Pro but not Ultimate.
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  120. Windows 10:
  121. Old School Start Menu:      https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu
  122. Disable Unwanted Services:  https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10  (Some changes cannot be reversed)
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  124. For more advanced control of what goes into your copy of Windows, there's a 3rd party tool developed on the MDL forums that lets you to trim unwanted features before you install. It gives you the ability to add/remove almost any Windows component, including many of the services responsible for telemetry. Does not give you the special reduced telemetry option from Enterprise/Education, but can be used in addition to it on those versions. Regular updates are fine, but use the tool again when accepting the "Feature Updates" released twice a year. Some things can be removed more safely than others; check the Readme file for latest instructions and consider registering on MDL if you have more questions:
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  126. https://mega.nz/#F!shRnyaLB!cfKxuAkOZ7adG9dvVFis4A
  127. https://youtu.be/pIsG2wgHwfc
  128. https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/msmg-toolkit.50572/
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  134.     Activation
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  136. Registering is pretty easy if you'd like to verify these links for yourself, or read the documentation. DO NOT SEARCH GOOGLE FOR ACTIVATORS, even if you know the name of what you're looking for.
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  142. >>>Activate Windows 8.1 or 10 (with Microsoft Toolkit):
  143. https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/microsoft-toolkit-official-kms-solution-for-microsoft-products.28669/
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  145. Torrent Link:   magnet:?xt=urn:btih:1FB324E0158C8D23FF42922C92731CE1A8D08BF0
  146. SHA-1 checksum (for the exe only):   2b6d05f9cde75049414433994ab5482c2795086d
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  148.     BEFORE you activate, go into the Toolkit's Settings > LocalHost Bypass > Bypass Method, select "Use TAP Adapter" then save. You may also need to go into your antivirus and add exclusions for the exe, as well as "C:\Windows\AutoKMS" and "C:\Windows\AutoKMS\AutoKMS.exe".  Works on all versions of Windows 8 and 10, including Enterprise/Education/LTSC.
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  154. >>>Activate Windows 7 (with Daz's Windows Loader):
  155. https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-loader-download.58464/
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  157. Torrent Link:              
  158. magnet:?xt=urn:btih:37041ba60196e8eff7050a801ebe73cedb8c0748&dn=Windows%20Loader%20v2.2.2&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.opentrackr.org%3a1337&tr=udp%3a%2f%2fzer0day.ch%3a1337&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3a6969&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3a6969&tr=udp%3a%2f%2fexplodie.org%3a6969
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  160. SHA-1 checksum (for the exe only):   0efc35935957c25193bbe9a83ab6caa25a487ada
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  162.     For best results, run the Loader before installing any updates. If it doesn't work right off the bat, check to see if your Windows drive was installed in GPT mode, as that can sometimes interfere (to switch to MBR, enable Legacy Boot in BIOS then reinstall). If you're still having trouble, try visiting the support page: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-loader-support-and-chat.24902/
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  168. >>>If you're just reinstalling your current copy of Windows, you can find your Windows 7/8.1 key with this guide:
  169. http://www.howtogeek.com/206329/how-to-find-your-lost-windows-or-office-product-keys/
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  171. And if you want a backup option, you can also make a copy of your activation files:
  172. http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/advanced_tokens_manager.html
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  174. Windows 10 reactivates automatically, no intervention required.
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  180.     Safety Concerns
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  182.     The biggest mistake people make when installing Windows from the internet is trusting what random users, torrents, and websites claim is safe. Many people don't realize you're more likely to find an infected source than a good one. Luckily there are some easy ways to double check what you're getting.
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  184.     The malware in most copies of Windows is next to impossible to detect. The only sure way to know you have a clean copy is to confirm it's exactly the same as what microsoft has released. This is actually very easy to do, using a short row of numbers called a checksum. As long as the file you download matches the SHA-1 checksum provided by a reliable source, you know what you have is identical to the original. For many years microsoft freely provided checksums to all their ISOs via their MSDN page, but recently they've removed that source from public access. However the old numbers are still well known and you can find them via other sources:
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  186. https://www.raymond.cc/blog/links-for-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-microsofts-official-distributer/
  187. https://wiki.installgentoo.com/index.php?title=Windows_7#SHA1_Checksums
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  191. When you've found a checksum number, you can compare it easily with tools like these:
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  193. http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/MD5-and-SHA-1-Checksum-Utility.shtml#download
  194. http://www.igorware.com/hasher/download
  195. http://www.7-zip.org/   (via the Windows context menu)
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  198.     Similarly, most legit activators have been repackaged with malware, including most of the top google results. While activators are generally closed source, and it's not possible to be 100% sure of their contents, your safest bet by far is to stick with the most reputable and community trusted sources, which have been hosted on the MyDigitalLife forums for several years. Checksums are provided here for convenience, but you should get into the habit now of verifying your software directly against its official source any time you have to download it somewhere else.
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  204.     Reliability
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  206.     No updates have any impact on the real Daz loader in Windows 7, once it has been run successfully. It uses a VERY reliable method to inject Windows with a permanent activation and is very unlikely to ever break once used. At this point Windows 8.1 and 10 are a little more uncertain. None of the tools developed so far are ideal,  and basically involve leaving a copy of the activator to wake up a couple times a day and keep signing you up for 6 month trials. It is possible microsoft could do something in the future to disrupt this, but it's the best anyone has come up with so far. (PCs upgraded through a microsoft offer have a permanent license for the life of the computer http://pastebin.com/4LvsAFk7 )
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