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Where do I download windows 7?

My new computer came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

I want to reformat and reinstall the OS.

Where can I find an installation media download at microsoft.com?

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marked as duplicate by Arjan, random Nov 29 '10 at 19:04

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I disagree that this is a duplicate. The other question concerns a license purchased directly from Microsoft Store. See that its accepted answer does not correctly answer my question. –  Zack Peterson Nov 29 '10 at 19:17
Did you notice the other answer to that question with direct download links to installation media? –  Shinrai Nov 29 '10 at 19:38
@Shinrai That helpful answer wasn't there before. –  Zack Peterson Nov 29 '10 at 19:48
Oh, you're totally right. My bad. ;) –  Shinrai Nov 29 '10 at 20:22
@Shinrai Posted that answer couple hours ago :) –  Sathya Nov 29 '10 at 20:50

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Microsoft don't provide a download for Windows installations unfortunately. The Vendor will probably try and charge you for a copy of the clean media or send you out their recovery CD's which will have all their bundled software (crap-ware) You may have a recovery partition on your HDD, a lot of modern PC's / Laptops do. Saves the vendor the cost of the media ;-) Have a look on your manufacturers website for instructions for your model to re-install the OS.
Otherwise it is Legal to download a copy of Windows either directly or over torrent or borrow a friends DVD and reinstall using your product key that is on your case.

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As far as I can tell, no. Not legally, anyway.

I think your best option is the contact the retailer you acquired the computer from and ask for physical media.

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You can't. you need to get the installation media from the computer vendor. If the computer came with Windows pre-installed then they should provide the installation media for you.

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As a consumer, you can't. However, if you have MSDN membership, you may be able to download it.

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