Is it still legal if I download the official iso for free from microsoft digital river and then change the text in one of the files to make the installer accept my OEM key from the bottom of my notebook computer?
You shouldn't need to edit any of the files. The Windows 7 ISO is a retail, untouched version. It doesn't have a Product Key embedded into it.
You should be able to use a Windows 7 Product Key from the label on the bottom of the computer with no issues. The installation will ask you for a Windows 7 Product Key. The only exception would be if the Product Key were in use on a different computer. From my understanding, as long as it is not already in use, it should activate.
Please let me know if you have any questions on that 🙂
What I am saying is that there is a text file in the iso to make the windows 7 installer only accept a retail key, if I open the text file oe.cfg or something in the iso and change the line from retail to oem and then save the iso and burn it to a dvd and then install windows 7 using the modified iso and use the product key from the bottom of my laptop is it still legal to use the modified iso? I have not changed anything else just the line where it says retail I changed it to oem so the istaller will accept my oem key from the bottom sticker on my laptop. It activates fine and hp assistant reconizes my serial number and all. I just dont know if it is legal to do that.