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Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Computer users may have a few reasons for downloading Windows 7 directly from the Internet. Among the top reasons are installations on computers without DVD drive, downloading the 64-bit edition if it is not supplied with the purchased version (only some Windows 7 editions, like the Professional edition, come with two discs to install 32-bit or 64-bit editions of the operating system), or testing the new operating system before they purchase it.

Not all versions of Windows 7 are offered as trial downloads by Microsoft. That's a problem for users who are looking for a specific version of the operating system that they want to download and install.

Below is a list of direct links to Windows 7 ISO images. These images can be mounted and installed directly, or burned to DVD. They do not come with a product key, and users have 30 days of testing before they need to enter a product key or rearm the operating system for another 30 days of testing.

Update: Microsoft seems to have removed all Windows 7 downloads from Digital River, the digital distribution platform. Downloads are no longer available, and we have removed the links as a consequence. As of this moment, downloads appear to be no longer available.

Update 2:  We have published a new guide that lets you download Windows 7 and 8.1 ISO images from Microsoft directly. We suggest you check it out as it is the best option right now to do so.

Update 3: A recovery site is now available that you can use to download a Windows 7 disc image directly. Head over to Microsoft, enter your Windows product key on the website, select your desired product language and follow the instructions on the page to download a fresh copy of the Windows 7 operating system.

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Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Ultimate

Those two editions are the most common Windows 7 editions. All DVDs contain all editions of the operating system. A 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition contains all 32-bit editions, and the 64-bit ISOs all 64-bit editions. The easiest way to switch those programs is to use a little portable application (called Windows 7 ISO Edition Switcher) to switch the ISO image that has been downloaded to another edition of Windows. It is for instance possible to turn a Home Premium edition into Ultimate, or Windows 7 Starter. It is still necessary to have a valid product key to activate the operating system. You can read the following article to find out how the portable software does it (How To Install Any Windows 7 Release Candidate Edition). Even though it is about the release candidate, it is still valid for the final version of the operating system.

How fast are the Windows 7 downloads? That depends largely on the load of the server, and the Internet connection of the local computer. We were able to get about 4.5 Megabytes per second, so that the downloads completed in under 7 minutes. The ISO images of Windows 7 have a size of about 2.3 Gigabytes.

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    Comments

    1. coffeemug said on October 20, 2010 at 3:27 am
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      Thank you for this! I messed up an installation by mucking around with system files, and since it was a digital download of Windows 7 (MSDNAA), I couldn’t restore it.

    2. Fred said on October 20, 2010 at 5:30 am
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      Are these a final version?

      1. Martin said on October 20, 2010 at 10:25 am
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        yes they are

    3. Miggs said on October 20, 2010 at 7:06 am
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      Are these actual? Is it legal to download from there?

      1. Martin said on October 20, 2010 at 10:25 am
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        Those are ISO images of the retail Windows 7 editions sans the product key. Why should not they be legal? They are like trial versions without a key.

        1. Miggs said on October 20, 2010 at 11:31 am
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          Yes, you seem to be right. I am intrigued because Microsoft doesn’t offer these downloads on their official site. They might understand ‘piracy’ or ‘legal’ terms different.

        2. Martin said on October 20, 2010 at 11:41 am
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          Microsoft is only offering a trial of Windows 7 Enterprise at the moment, as far as I know.

    4. Slurp said on October 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm
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    5. Foxinou said on October 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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      Thanks SLurp !

      Link for french home edition 64b is 404 !

      1. Frank said on October 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm
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        Is anyboady aware of similar download links for Office 2007? Lost my CD while moving but still have a – now useless – key…

        Best
        Frank

    6. TRY said on October 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm
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      Can anybody also list legal Windows 7 Ulimate edition link,pretty please :)

      1. Martin said on October 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm
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        You can use the portable tool that I posted to change the Professional or Home Premium ISOs into Ultimate.

    7. adamberg said on October 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm
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      I binary compared files inside win7-64bit-homepremium.iso
      vs files inside win7-64bit-professional.iso

      all files compared the same except small textfile “ei.cfg”

      difference:

      [EditionID]
      HomePremium
      [Channel]
      Retail
      [VL]
      0

      versus

      [EditionID]
      Professional
      [Channel]
      Retail
      [VL]
      0

      1. Martin said on October 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm
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        Yes that’s the file that determines the edition that gets installed.

    8. Ronnie said on October 21, 2010 at 11:25 pm
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      Can I do a clean install with these disk?

      1. Martin said on October 22, 2010 at 9:38 am
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        yes

    9. Shine said on October 22, 2010 at 9:54 am
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      Hi,

      Can this ISO be used to install on DELL Laptops which had windows 7 installed, when bought?
      Thanks
      shine

      1. Martin said on October 22, 2010 at 10:05 am
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        Installed yes. You can install the ISOs on any device you want.

        1. Shine said on October 22, 2010 at 10:11 am
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          Thanks for replying.

          I meant,

          Re-installation using the dell home premium 64 bit iso(which you have given above) using their key which came with the laptop.

          I can do that right?

          shine

    10. c0c0ly said on October 30, 2010 at 12:20 am
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      its cool…
      this site one of my favorite..
      thanks for sharing.
      =)

      anyway just for extra, its will better if you safe your current legal product key before your PC crash or something.
      if you don’t know your product key, use this software to find it:
      http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/WinGuggle-Download-91573.html
      i read this articel here:
      http://indygizmo.com/how-to-get-windows7-vista-xp-product-key/

      =^^=

    11. Ashraf said on December 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm
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      Are these RC or RTM version?

    12. John Doe said on April 19, 2011 at 7:26 am
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      Any MD5 CheckSum information/data to check the integrity of the ISO files?

    13. TheArfen said on June 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm
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      To turn any one of these disc’s to an all versions disc
      you just have to delete the ei.cfg file found in the sources folder.

      none of these downloads are bootable you have to make them so yourself.

    14. Craig said on August 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm
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      Is there any direct link for Windows 7 Ultimate?

    15. Jacobai said on January 24, 2012 at 2:13 am
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      What will happen afer the time limit runs out for thiS?

    16. SSXGaming (Kolega) said on February 8, 2012 at 12:00 am
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      To all people who need to know extra info on this. First of all, this has no viruses. Second, to make these bootable you need to put them on a dvd using something like Daemon tools (google it). Third, To put these onto ultimate use the ei.cfg removal tool (google again) which basically allows you to choose which version you want. And last of all, I recommend using JDownloader (google for the third time, and sold!) to download this as it is a large file.

      I hope this helps.

    17. mukhtar ahmed said on August 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm
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      Thank you for my interest in the Windows 7 Upgrade Offer registration opens.

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