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For years, Microsoft allowed us to download Windows 7 ISOs through their content delivery partner, Digital River. On February 2015, the company decided to take those links down. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways to download Windows 7 ISOs, legally and for free, either by using Torrents or a free app that provides links straight from Microsoft.

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Table of Contents

  • Why do we need to download Windows 7
  • The clean ways to download a Windows 7 ISO
  • How to download Windows 7 straight from Microsoft

Why do we need to download Windows 7

Many of us bought our copy of Windows 7 pre-installed with a new desktop or laptop PC. More often than not, though, the box didn't contain a full Windows 7 DVD.

Usually, we would get a 'recovery disk' or a recovery partition, to reinstate the operating system to its default settings. But this would also restore all the third-party bloatware and crapware the manufacturers include. Remember Superfish?

The ability to download Windows 7 ISOs is essential for anyone who wants a clean Windows installation for their PC. It is also handy if we misplaced, lost, or destroyed our original disk.

How is it legal to download a Windows 7 ISO?

When we buy a copy of Windows 7, we don't get a special installation DVD. Every DVD of a particular version - e.g. Windows 7 Home Premium x864 or Windows 7 Professional x64 - is identical to all the others.

What we buy is the unique 25-character product key. We will find it as a sticker on the retail Windows 7 DVD case. Or, with pre-installed Windows, stuck underneath our laptop and on the side of the PC tower.

With this product key, we can install Windows 7 using any disk of the corresponding version. No matter where we got the Installation DVD, we will end up with legally activated Windows 7 on our PC.

We can even download Windows 7 as an ISO from the shadiest torrent site. As long as we are using our genuine product key, the Windows installation will be 100% legal.

Where can I find the Windows 7 product key?

If our Windows 7 PC didn't have Windows preinstalled and doesn't have a sticker, we can use special applications to get the Windows 7 product key.

Some apps will even work in cases where we can't boot into Windows, as long as the hard drive is functional.

Just check out our guide on how to find the Windows product key.

Microsoft giveth, Microsoft taketh away

Even though it would work, downloading Windows 7 from questionable sources is never a good idea. For all we know, the ISO could contain a host of malware: rootkits, trojans, keyloggers; you name it.

That's why it was a big deal that Microsoft allowed us to download Windows 7 as an ISO through Digital River. We could download Windows 7 and be sure that the ISO was clean and untampered.

And then, in early February 2015, Microsoft decided to take down the Digital River ISOs, for good. Sure, they have set up the Microsoft Software Recovery website, the 'official' way to download Windows 7.

However, to download Windows 7 through this site, we need the product key of a store-bought, retail version of Windows.

In case we have a desktop or laptop computer with pre-installed Windows 7, we own an OEM Windows 7 License. And Microsoft's website, for reasons unknown, won't let us download Windows 7 ISOs with a valid OEM product key.

So, as OEM owners, what are we supposed to do? Steal a disk? Beg friends and strangers for a Windows 7 DVD?

According to Microsoft, we should order a physical replacement disk, wait a couple of weeks for the delivery, and pay the shipping and handling fees. Not exactly an ideal solution.

The clean ways to download a Windows 7 ISO

The good news is that whatever goes up on the Internet, never really goes away - for better or for worse.

The German mirror http://mirror.corenoc.de/ has done an exceptional job gathering the Digital River ISOs and uploading them as torrent files. They have all the different English versions and even a few in other languages.

Download Windows 7 Torrent

To download Windows 7 using a torrent file, we will need a torrent client. In the example, we will be using the popular torrent client qBittorrent.

Any torrent client will work, though, such as uTorrent / μTorrent or BitComet. So, if you already have a torrent client, you don't need to install qBittorrent.

With a torrent client installed, we only need to download our preferred version's torrent file:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium x86 (32bit) SP1
    MD5 Checksum: 0afa9359c62dc7b320205d3863c60385
    SHA-1 Hash: 6071b4553fcf0ea53d589a846b5ae76743dd68fc
    -
  • Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64bit) SP1
    MD5 Checksum: da319b5826162829c436306bebea7f0f
    SHA-1 Hash: 6c9058389c1e2e5122b7c933275f963edf1c07b9
    -
  • Windows 7 Starter x86 (32bit) SP1
    MD5 Checksum: c23c9cecee7e3093acfe00faab7091b5
    SHA-1 Hash: e1653b111c4c6fd75b1be8f9b4c9bcbb0b39b209
    -
  • Windows 7 Professional x64 (64bit) SP1
    MD5 Checksum: ed15956fe33c13642a6d2cb2c7aa9749
    SHA-1 Hash: 0bcfc54019ea175b1ee51f6d2b207a3d14dd2b58
    -
  • Windows 7 Professional x86 (32bit) SP1
    MD5 Checksum: 0bff99c8310ba12a9136e3d23606f3d4
    SHA-1 Hash: d89937df3a9bc2ec1a1486195fd308cd3dade928
    -
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (64bit) SP1
    MD5 Checksum: c9f7ecb768acb82daacf5030e14b271e
    SHA-1 Hash: 36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83
    -
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x86 (32bit) SP1
    MD5 Checksum: 2572274e6b0acf4ed1b502b175f2c2db
    SHA-1 Hash: 65fce0f445d9bf7e78e43f17e441e08c63722657

The torrent file is just a few kilobytes in size, and it will download immediately.

Please note that the MD5 Checksums and SHA-1 Hashes refer to the Windows 7 ISO, not the torrent file.

How to use the torrent file

With a correctly installed Torrent client, we just need to double-click on the torrent file, which will start the application and will ask us where to download the ISO file.

Depending on our internet speed, and the available seeders, the ISO file should download in a few minutes.

How can I trust that the Windows 7 ISO is clean?

As we mentioned earlier, downloading Windows 7 from questionable sources is never a good idea. So, since a random German mirror site isn't exactly a reputable source, how can we be 100% confident that these ISOs are clean and safe?

Fortunately, Microsoft can help with that. You see, these ISOs are the same ISOs we could download if we had an MSDN subscription. And Microsoft provides the SHA-1 checksum for the ISOs downloaded by MSDN subscribers.

We just need to visit this page, where we will find the relevant information for all the Windows 7 ISOs.

We just need to look for the version we downloaded using the torrent file, and click on 'Details'. For the example, we will be using Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (x64).

- Ignore the Product Keys and Download buttons; they won't work without a 1000$+ MSDN subscription -

We know that we have the correct version from the ISO filename.

To confirm that the ISO we downloaded is 100% clean, we just need to compare Microsoft's SHA-1 checksum with the ISO file's checksum.

For this, we will use the free MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility.

This app requires the .NET Framework 3.5, and Windows will prompt to install it if we don't have it already.

Apart from the .NET framework, the app is portable, and it doesn't require an installation. We just run it, click on browse, and select the Windows 7 ISO.

Make sure to select the Windows 7 ISO and not the torrent you used to download the ISO.

Depending on our CPU speed, calculating the checksums will take a couple of minutes.

On the MSDN page, we select the SHA1 checksum and copy it.

We paste it on the Verify Hash with Generated Hash field on the app and click on Verify.

The 'SHA-1 Hash matched' message means that these Windows 7 ISOs are 100% identical to Microsoft's ISOs, and not a single byte is different.

How to download Windows 7 straight from Microsoft

Torrents are an excellent way to download large files, but they are not for everyone. If you don't have a torrent client and are not keen on installing one, there is an alternative way to download Windows 7 straight from Microsoft.

What's best, this way will allow us not only to download Windows 7, but also Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and several versions of Microsoft Office.

The Windows ISO Downloader from Heidoc.net

Firstly, we need to download the latest version of the Windows ISO Downloader from Heidoc.net. As of this writing, the version is 4.36, updated on May 12th, 2017.

The app is about 1MB and it will download instantly.

VirusTotal gives the app a 100% clean bill of health. But feel free to test the latest version yourselves on VirusTotal.com or with the antivirus app you use on your PC.

How to use the Windows ISO downloader

The Windows ISO Downloader is a portable app, that does not require an installation. We just open the app, and we are good to go.

The app is particularly easy to use, even for completely novice users. Firstly, we select the version of Windows or Office on the upper right-hand corner...

Then, from the main window, we select the edition that matches our product key. For most users with preinstalled Windows 7, the correct version is Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 COEM, or Windows 7 Professional SP1 COEM.

After we hit the 'Confirm' button, we get to choose the Windows 7 language. Our product key will work on any language available.

Once we confirm the language, we get the option of downloading either the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of Windows.

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These buttons and the subsequent links will only work for 24 hours from the time of creation.

You should note that the download happens straight from Microsoft's servers.

Windows

On a fast ADSL or VDSL connection, the download will take approximately 20 minutes.

If we want to use a different browser or a download accelerator, we can get the download links from the 'Copy link' buttons on the right.

We can then paste the link to the browser or app of our choice.

What's next: Creating a Windows 7 DVD / USB and Installing Windows 7

On our next guide, you can see how to write the Windows 7 ISO on a DVD or a USB, to use it for a Windows installation or reinstallation.

Also, if you need help installing Windows 7, check out our detailed guide:
Install Windows 7 from USB or DVD as a beginner.

Are you interested in downloading other versions of Windows?

Windows 7 is a fairly old operating system. If you are interested in downloading a later version of Windows, check out our guides:

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You can reinstall Windows from scratch using the product key that came with your PC, but you’ll have to find installation media yourself. Microsoft offers free ISO files for downloading; you just have to know where to look.

There area few ways to do this, but they’re all on the straight and narrow–you won’t have to visit a shady BitTorrent site to download ISOs that may be filled with malware. Instead, you get official installation media straight from Microsoft.

NOTE: Depending on the OEM version of Windows that you are running, you might run into an issue using the OEM key with a retail version of Windows. If it won’t activate, you can always install and then call Microsoft to get them to straighten it out and allow your copy to activate. The most important thing is that you have a valid license key.

Download the Windows 10 or 8.1 ISO Using the Media Creation Tool

If you’ve got access to a Windows machine, the official method for downloading ISOs for Windows 8.1 and 10 is the Media Creation Tool. The process for using the tool is largely the same for both versions of Windows, so we’ll be using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool for our example. We’ll just note where anything differs.

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One caveat you should be aware of up front is that you can no longer download an ISO for Windows 8–just 8.1. And the product keys are different for Windows 8 and 8.1, so if you have a Windows 8 product key, you can’t just use it to install Windows 8.1. Instead, you’ll have to install Windows 8, then do a free upgrade to 8.1. After you do the upgrade, Windows will assign the new product key to the installation. You can find that product key in a number of different ways and save it for the future. After that, you should be able to do a clean installation of Windows 8.1 using the new product key and won’t have to worry about installing Windows 8 first and going the upgrade route.

Start by downloading either the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool or the Windows 8.1 Media Creation Tool. Once the file has downloaded, just double-click it to start the tool and then click “Yes” to give it permission to make changes to your PC. When the tool starts, click “Accept” to accept the license terms. Note that the Windows 8.1 version of the tool does not ask you to accept license terms.

(If you don’t want to use the Media Creation Tool and just want to download an ISO file directly, just change your browser’s user agent to a non-Windows browser like Apple Safari on iPad while you’re viewing the download page. Microsoft will offer you a direct download of the Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 ISO file instead of the standard Media Creation Tool, which only runs on Windows.)

When the tool asks what you want to do, select “Create installation media for another PC” and then click “Next.” The Windows 8.1 version of the tool also does not provide this option; it just defaults to creating installation media for another PC (which is what we want).

The tool will suggest a language, edition, and architecture for Windows based on information about the PC on which the tool is running. If you’re going to use the installation media on that PC, go ahead and just click “Next.” If you’re planning to install it on a different PC, clear the “Use recommended options for this PC” check box, select options that are more appropriate for the license you have, and then click “Next.” Note that if you’re using the 8.1 version of the tool, you actually start with this screen. The tool also won’t recommend options; you have to select them yourself.

Remember, your license will only work with the correct version of Windows–if your license is for 64-bit Windows 10 Pro, you can’t install 32-bit Windows 10 Home with it, so ensure your selections here match what’s listed on your product key.

Next, select whether you want the tool to create a bootable USB flash drive with the installation media, or just create an ISO file that you can use or burn to a DVD later. We’re going with the ISO file in this example, but the process is much the same either way. If you go with the USB option, you’ll need to provide a USB drive with at least 3 GB of space. Also, the USB drive will be formatted during the process, so make sure there’s nothing on it you need. Select the option you want and then click “Next.”

Choose a place to save the finished ISO file (or point the tool toward the right USB drive if that’s the option you chose).

At this point, the Media Creation Tool will begin downloading the files and assembling your ISO, which can take a fair bit of time depending on your internet connection. When it’s finished, you can click “Open DVD Burner” if you want to go ahead and create a disc or just click Finish if you don’t want to make a disc right now.

Now that you have your new ISO saved, you’re ready to make use of it however you see fit. You could go ahead and perform a clean installation of Windows (which technically you don’t even need a product key to do), use the ISO to create a virtual machine, or just save it for when you need it down the road.

Download the Windows 7 SP1 ISO Directly From Microsoft’s Website

Microsoft makes the Windows 7 SP1 ISO available for direct download through their site. The only catch is that you’ll need a valid product key in order to download the file–and OEM keys (like the one that came on a sticker under your laptop) won’t work. If that’s you, proceed to the next section.

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If you do have a valid retail key, head to the Windows 7 download page, enter your product key, and click “Verify” to start the download process.

After your product key is verified, select the product language you want to download and then click “Confirm.”

Next, choose whether you want the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7. When you click whichever version you want, the download will begin. Note that download links generated by the site are only valid for 24 hours. Of course, you could always come back and walk through the verification and selection process again to generate new links.

After downloading the ISO file, you can burn it to a DVD by right-clicking it in Windows Explorer and selecting “Burn disc image” to burn it to a disc. If you want to install Windows 7 from a USB drive, the best way is to use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to put that ISO file onto a USB drive.

The downloaded ISO you’ll get from Microsoft includes Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. When you install Windows 7, you can avoid the hassle of downloading and installing the hundreds of updates that came out after SP1 by installing the Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup. Even better, why not take a little extra time and slipstream the Convenience Rollup right into your Windows 7 ISO? That way, whenever you install Windows 7 in the future, you’ll have one ISO with all the updates (at least up through May 2016) already included.

Download Any Windows or Office ISO Using a Free Third-Party Tool

Microsoft used to make all these ISOs available through a site called Digital River, but it doesn’t anymore. Instead, they’re stored on its TechBench site. The ISOs can be hard to find, though, and for versions of Windows other than the most current, the site tries really hard to push you into using the Media Creation Tool instead. Enter the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool. This free utility provides a simple interface that lets you select the version of Windows you want, then downloads an ISO for that version straight from Microsoft’s download servers. This includes various builds of the Windows 10 Insider Preview. You can also use the tool to download ISOs for certain versions of Microsoft Office.

First, head over to HeiDoc.net and grab the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool. It’s free and it’s a portable tool, so there’s no installation. Just launch the executable file. In the main window, choose the version of Windows or Office you’d like to download.

Click the “Select Edition” drop-down menu and then choose the edition you want. Note that in addition to the regular editions of the product (such as Home or Professional), you can also download regions specific editions such as Windows N (which is sold to the European market and does not include multimedia apps like Media Player and DVD Maker) and Windows K (which is sold to the Korean market).

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After you select the edition you want to download, click “Confirm.”

Next, use the drop-down menu that appears to choose the product language you want to download and then click the “Confirm” button under the language drop-down menu.

Finally, choose whether to download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the product. Clicking either download button will initiate the download using the ISO download tool, so you’ll need to keep it open until the download finishes. Alternatively, you can use the “Copy Link” buttons to the right to copy the direct download link to your clipboard and then download the file using your browser. Either way, note that most links generated by the tool are only valid for 24 hours, though you can always come back and generate new links.

And that’s all there is to using the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool. Yes, you could accomplish some of this by digging around the TechBench site, but using this clever little utility is quicker and saves a lot of hassle. Plus, for some products, like Windows 8.1, finding the direct download on the site is next to impossible.

Microsoft also provides other software via the TechNet Evaluation Center. For example, you could download a trial version of Windows Server 2012 R2 and enter a legitimate product key to get the full version. Just click the “Evaluate Now” header on the site to see what trial versions of software are on offer. You will need to sign in with a Microsoft account before downloading.

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