At IU, can I install Windows 7 Ultimate on a blank hard drive?
The IU/Microsoft Campus Agreement does not allow Windows 7 to be installed on computers with a blank hard drive (i.e., no operating system installed). Though this is not common, possible scenarios include:
- A computer custom built by the individual or by a specialized computer shop
- A computer specifically ordered from the manufacturer with no operating system pre-installed
- A hard drive that was replaced, either under warranty by the manufacturer or by a hardware shop, due to failure of the original hard drive
Those affected by this policy need to purchase any retail copy of Windows from a vendor not associated with IU, or speak with the computer manufacturer about obtaining an OEM copy of Windows. The ability to provide an OEM copy is completely dependent on the manufacturer, and it may not always be offered as an option. Once a public retail or OEM copy of Windows is installed, the Windows 7 Ultimate disc purchased through IU should work as intended.
Last modified on November 20, 2013.