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I have a MacBook pro retina, and I want to buy and install a Windows 7 on (in a bootcamp partition and/or virtualized via VirtualBox). However, I do not know how to get it legally in a non-physical format.

I could buy the Windows box in a store, but it has a DVD, and my Mac does not have DVD player. Thus, this is not an option.

I cannot find any Windows distribution in a USB drive or a way to download a ISO legally.

My question is where can I buy a Windows license and use it for my Mac.

In other companies and there is a place to download the ISO or installers that you already paid for. For example IBM with PassportAdvantage, or Oracle with OTN.

  • BTW, I do not have an OEM license because it is a MAC, so I do need to buy the license. – AngocA Feb 7 '14 at 10:38
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What Jamie says is quite right. To buy the key, you can use Sofway who will send you the key and download links via email. They are perfectly legit, I'm not from them but have used them in the past.

EDIT: Alternatively just install windows 7 by using the links above, then when it asks for product key in the setup, just press enter, which will give you a 30 day trial. Then after the install, windows will ask you to buy windows 7, and take you to their website.

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You can download the image of it direct from Microsoft according to (this message on their board](http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/where-can-i-download-windows-7-iso-i-have-a/7d964b05-2be9-4800-bc7f-3ca30356fc3d)

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)* - 32 bit

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)* - 64 bit

I realise that this is pretty much a "Link only answer" but I'm not sure how else to convey this.


Other versions are available from this post

Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58996.iso

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso

Windows 7 Professional 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59183.iso

Windows 7 Professional 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso

  • But did you see the links? they are not from Microsoft but from DigitalRiver. My problem is not how to download the ISO, I could get them easily from torrent or any other pirate service. What I want is a legal way to buy then download the Windows installer. – AngocA Feb 7 '14 at 10:37
  • Digital River run a CDN for microsoft. These are Microsoft approved links, the forum post is even posted by one of their community moderators. They used to have a page on their site which gave the same links, these were removed when Windows 8 was released though. – Jamie Taylor Feb 7 '14 at 10:41
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    @AngocA - Those links are legal. DigitalRiver handled the digital distrubution of Windows 7. An alternative way is to use a SuperDrive and create a bootable image of the physical disk. – Ramhound Feb 7 '14 at 12:20
  • Ok, these links could be legal, but where do I get the license? CalvT gave me a site that sells the license – AngocA Feb 7 '14 at 13:04
  • You could buy through the site he linked to or you could buy a physical copy of the disk direct from MS and use the key from that. If it ends up costing you the same amount, then hey, you have a spare disk! – Jamie Taylor Feb 7 '14 at 13:35

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