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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 '14 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 '14 at 14:30
Besides msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net, I'm seeing references to drcdn.blob.core.windows.net are these links legit? –  User Sep 9 '14 at 10:04
Here is the same question for Windows 8: superuser.com/questions/493766/… –  Wilf Feb 17 at 22:22

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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

Microsoft recently launched a Microsoft Software Recovery for Windows 7. This allows you to verify your existing license key and download the current .ISO for the version of Windows 7 the license is for.

The website was created for the following purpose:

  • Create a Windows 7 DVD for installation on a new hard drive
  • Create a backup Windows 7 DVD
  • Create a bootable USB drive with a copy of Windows 7

Step 1: Prepare to download

In order to recover your Windows 7 product or create a backup you will need to be able to download and save a large file (approximately 2 to 3.5 GB).

Make sure you have a reliable internet connection and sufficient data storage available on one of the following:

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    External Drive

If you are not ready to download, or are using a mobile device, an email link to download the product can be sent to you after you verify your product key. The link in the email is valid for 24 hours.

After you verify your product key below, you will download a disc image (ISO file) and use it to create a bootable USB or DVD. This will require ISO burning software such as the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

Step 2: Enter product key + Step 3: Select product language

The next two steps will require you to visit the website. In the first step you enter your license key. In the next step you select the product language. If you need to know what your license key you can use the tool of your choice. I have found Speccy is reliable

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Once you have down those last two steps you should get this:

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Based on the comments from an article on another website users with OEM licenses will not be to be able to use this tool. Additionally it appears this service is only for those users who purchased the retail version of Windows 7. MSDN and TechNet subscribers won't be able to use this tool also.

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I can confirm that this does not work for OEM license keys. –  Nathan Osman May 29 at 5:34

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