THIS SOLUTION ONLY WORKS FOR RETAIL LICENSES, NOT OEM LICENSES
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
Make sure you have a reliable internet connection and sufficient data storage available on one of the following:
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
Once you have down those last two steps you should get this:
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.