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How can I reinstall Windows 7 if I lost my installation DVD?

I recently had a hard-drive failure and had to get it replaced. Unfortunately this was the hard-drive that had all my windows files as well as my system recovery files. I'm currently using a version of windows 32bit but i need to reinstall my 64bit version. I have the cd key that came with the laptop yet the only way I can find of getting the software back is through torrents and i'd like to get it legally. Is it illegal if I torrent windows 7 home premium and use my cd key, or should i contact microsoft and have them send my one?

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marked as duplicate by Randolph West, soandos, Journeyman Geek, Paul, studiohack Jan 17 '12 at 3:36

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Microsoft hosts the ISOs at digitalriver. Your product key is your licence to use the software, the media is just media.

Getting the ISO from torrent sources exposes you to some risk, so it is better to get them from a Microsoft affiliate.

The links for each of the ISOs is here.

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thank you very much this is exactly what i was looking for. from what i found on most forums people were saying you needed to repurchase the dvd if your pc came with an oem version of windows. im glad to see that is not the case. –  jake taylor Jan 17 '12 at 2:43
    
This question has already been answered, I missed it. Please refer to the original question. –  Paul Jan 17 '12 at 2:55

I can't comment on the legal aspects, nor can anyone really. IANAL.

However, the 'right' way is to contact your OEM and order restore media from them - as far as i know, MS dosen't directly sell just the media.You could also use a restore disk from the same model, if you know someone else who has it. Alternately, you could also use the cd key at the bottom of your system with a regular OEM install DVD - if you know someone who has built their own system, they would probably have one.

Torrents are iffy, and you don't know if its what it says it is, or it has been changed in some way.

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