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I just bought a serial for Windows 7 on-line from the Microsoft store (the most painful shopping experience EVER!). I selected that I wanted to download my version of Windows 7 after purchase. After payment I was listed a Product Key but no download link in sight.

Where do I download my Windows 7 ISO to burn to disk?

Note: I'm not a Technet or MSDN subscriber.

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A word of warning though: I used the official ISOs from Microsoft and reinstalled, using the same identical product key and CD key, but it refused to activate. I tought this was simply a case for a robocall to Microsoft, but it turns out this computer (Dell Latitude) is banned from free Microsoft support, and I can not get it to display a phone number to call, that option is simply not there. I then called Dell, but they claim they can not activate windows unless it is installed with an original DELL media. I get an error pointing to the BIOS: 0xC004F063. Apparently there is an certificate on –  sandos Oct 21 '13 at 7:07
    
[Apparently there is an certificate on] the OEM media which together with a BIOS table make activation possible. Without the correct media and BIOS it will not work. (From the answer that was converted in the above comment.) –  Arjan Mar 8 at 18:26
    
Latitude is from Dell's business line, not consumer line, so they probably require some sort of business-level type support agreement. –  ultrasawblade Jun 18 at 14:30

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Windows 7 Professional x64 (64-bit)

Windows 7 Professional x86 (32-bit)

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit)

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 (32-bit)

Windows 7 N Version Direct Download Links [Windows 7 N English for Europe - No Windows Media Player (WMP12)]

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Yes it is legal as long as you have a legitimate key.

These download as an .ISO file, which is used to create an install DVD using most DVD/CD burning software.

Service Pack 1 Update

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1-U ISO

Windows 7 Professional SP1-U ISO

Windows 7 Professional N SP1-U ISO (Note: N editions come without media components)

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO

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If I have an OEM license key for Windows 7, can I use it with an ISO for Windows 7 SP1 or do I have to install Windows 7 and then update it with SP1 later on? –  Umar Farooq Khawaja Nov 1 '12 at 17:59
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With XP (not sure if this holds true for 7), you cannot use an OEM key with a retail disk. There's a certain file on the disk that you'd need to modify before you burn it in order for it to accept OEM keys. If you're interested in further details, I can help. Also, iot does not matter what SP level it is, just the edition. –  Bigbio2002 Jan 3 '13 at 14:54
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@Bigbio2002 This is not the same for Windows 7, I personally have used the SP1 iso with a pre SP1 key and it worked fine (however you do need to use the correct edition still as you said, just SP does not matter). –  Scott Chamberlain May 16 '13 at 13:54
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Note: Since the ISOs are interchangeable and the version installed depends on the contents of the ei.cfg file, if someone needs a copy of Win7 RTM/SP0 Ultimate for example you can download either the Professional or Home Premium ISOs and use the Windows 7 ISO Image Edition Switcher to convert it to the required version. You can also delete ei.cfg altogether (manually or using this utility) to be presented with a version menu during Setup. –  Karan Jun 26 '13 at 23:25
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The ISO links are now dead. –  Matt Van Andel Mar 11 at 19:04

The link should have been emailed to you with your receipt. More than likely it will not be an ISO but a set of ESD installation files. There is a tutorial here that explains how to convert to an ISO.

If the download link was not emailed to you I would contact customer service with your invoice number and ask to resend the information.

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Eventually the email arrived and I was able to download the ISO from the Microsoft Store. This whole process was very painful. You'd imagine that they just have an FTP server with all their OS versions on it... –  Luke Dec 4 '09 at 14:04
    
@Luke they farmed that out to a third party company forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/… –  PsychoData Sep 9 '13 at 22:27

Direct download links from MSFT;

Windows 7 x86 All Versions English(32Bit)

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79643/Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x86.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79643/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79643/setup2.box

Windows 7 x64 All Versions English(64Bit)

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79946/Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x64.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79946/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79946/setup2.box

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How did you find these links? –  George Bailey May 15 '11 at 18:37
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Sathya, you're hunting skills never cease to amaze me. Sometimes I wonder if half of your brain is integrated with the internet. –  KronoS Apr 24 '12 at 4:37
    
@KronoS ahahaah thanks for the compliment :P –  Sathya Apr 24 '12 at 5:14
    
Can you get them as a iso -file? How are the box-exe files supposed to work? I am trying to install Windows to virtual box. –  user114739 Apr 27 '12 at 4:32
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@hhh look at KCo's answer superuser.com/a/305434/4377 for direct links. Here's how to create the iso files mydigitallife.info/… –  Sathya Apr 27 '12 at 4:46

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