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First off, you will need a working key in order to activate your windows download permanently. I'm putting this guide here because I just saw two people asking for Windows 7 iso files. Remember: This is not a pirated version of windows, this is the real deal. You must have a legit activation key and you will be able to update windows like normal. However, this will work for OEM activations like on laptops that come with pre-installed Win7.

Second, if you have a factory installed Windows 7 OS and no key, there is a way to back up your activation of windows and use it to reactivate windows after a clean install.

To do this: Download the program called ABR short for Activation backup and restore and follow its instructions here for backing up your oem installation and reactivating it. Also if you think you're clever and think you can use this backup of your activation to activate multiple computers think again. Microsoft checks the hardware (specifically the motherboard I think) so if you try to install it on a computer the activation originally wasn't for it won't activate.

Now here are the links. You must remove the ei.fg file in order to unlock all versions of windows 7. Then make an iso from the files. Then burn the iso file to a dvd disk. There is another way which involves directing downloading the iso files down below instead of having to put them together.\

 



Windows 7 x86 All Versions English

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-en-us-x86.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....643/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....643/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x64 All Versions English

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-en-us-x64.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....946/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....946/setup2.box
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All Other Language Packs (Click to show)

Windows 7 x86 All Versions Spanish

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-es-es-x86.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....663/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....663/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x64 All Versions Spanish

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-es-es-x64.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....966/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....966/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x86 All Versions German

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-de-de-x86.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....647/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....647/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x64 All Versions German

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-de-de-x64.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....950/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....950/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x86 All Versions French

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-fr-fr-x86.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....646/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....646/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x64 All Versions French

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-fr-fr-x64.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....949/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....949/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x86 All Versions Korean

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-ko-kr-x86.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....668/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....668/setup2.box
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Windows 7 x64 All Versions Korean
http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....-ko-kr-x64.exe

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....971/setup1.box

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent....971/setup2.box


Instructions to make an iso from these files (Assuming you have already downloaded the files and placed all 3 in the same folder):

1. Run the .exe for your download as administrator (right click on it, then click "Run as Administrator" in the menu), wait for it to extract (If you get an error but still have the expandedSetup folder, check the number/filesize - if you have all of the files, you can go ahead and continue to make the iso)

These values are the file sizes for the English files:

the expandedSetup folder for x64 contains 873 files, 199 folders and is 3.01GB (with the ei.cfg file removed)

the expandedSetup folder for x86 contains 873 files, 200 folders and is 2.34GB (with the ei.cfg file removed)

While it is extracting, you should see this window:




2. Once the 'Install Now' window appears, close it

3. You should have a folder called expandedSetup in the directory with the 3 downloaded files

4. Copy this folder to C:\\

5. Go to C:\\expandedSetup\\sources and delete the file called ei.cfg , doing this will allow you to select the version you want at install (Pro, Ultimate, Home Premium etc.)

6. Download this file: http://www.gazup.com/4AXmq-oscdimg.zip-download-mirrors extract it, and place it (oscdimg.exe) in C:\\Windows\\System32 (This file comes from the official windows 7 WAIK, it is called oscdimg.exe in case you were wondering)

7. Then, open a command prompt as administrator (type cmd into the start menu box then right click on cmd.exe and click "Run as Administrator") and run the following command:
 

Code:
oscdimg.exe -bC:\\expandedSetup\\boot\\etfsboot.com -u2 -h -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:\\expandedSetup\\ C:\\Win7.iso

-This will create an iso for windows 7 in your C drive, if you get an error, try typing in the command, not copy/paste
-Note, the character before WIN_EN_DVD is a lowercase L, not |

Here is what your command window will look like while it is running:
 


8. Burn the iso, boot it, and install (you can also put it onto a usb flash drive/hard drive using the microsoft tool to save a disc: http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool )

The disc created with this method will act just like a retail Windows 7 disc (can install any version (Ultimate, Pro, Home Premium etc.) but is limited to whichever bit-type (x86 or x64) you download)
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ISO Method

First, download the appropriate version that you want (x86 or x64) – the feature-based version (Home Premium, Ultimate, etc.) is irrelevant because we will remove this limitation later:

NOTE: Make sure you use a download manager (such as DownThemAll) to download these files as they sometimes do not download properly in browsers themselves (due to their size)

These links are clean and as close as you can get to a direct download from microsoft - digital river is a microsoft distributor. Here are new links with SP1 provided by Relevant Wing. The old ones below still work.
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Windows 7 x86 English

Mirror 1: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent..../X15-65732.iso

Mirror 2: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent..../X15-65804.iso
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Windows 7 x64 English

Mirror 1: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent..../X15-65733.iso

Mirror 2: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent..../X15-65805.iso
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Note: If you need a language other than English, download the correct version above, and then use the language packs in this link to install your language after you install Windows 7.

After you finish downloading the ISO, download this and extract it: This program automatically removes the ei.cfg file, allowing you to install any version (Home Premium, Ultimate, etc.) on the condition that you have the correct key. Note: You must install the version that the activation key was intended for.

Run this program (as administrator) on the iso that you downloaded, and you should have a proper iso

Finally, burn the iso, boot it, and install (you can also put it onto a usb flash drive/hard drive using the microsoft tool to save a disc: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool )

The disc created with both methods will act just like a retail Windows 7 disc (can install any version (Ultimate, Pro, Home Premium etc.) but is limited to whichever bit-type (x86 or x64) you download)


Now if you are getting errors with the disk or iso, do a checksum to verify the file's contents:

Quote:
32bit MD5 checksum:
f9dce6ebd0a63930b44d8ae802b63825

64bit MD5 checksum:
773fc9cc60338c612af716a2a14f177d

Or you can use the Windows 7 ISO Verifier.


All credit goes to v3loc1ty2.0 and his guide here. I merely modified some elements of his guide.
I hope you all enjoy. Plz bump this and maybe this gets stickied xD


Edited by wontonforevuh - 2/17/13 at 8:07am
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Would be interesting if my disc ever goes bad after too much re-installs...
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nice, this would be useful if my windows 7 professional disks ever get damaged, or if family/friends ever lose there disks
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ammm with this u can install W7 and then u can download updates or u must
take off updates like in pirate copy?
and how i get cd key or i need to buy it?

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ammm with this u can install W7 and then u can download updates or u must
take off updates like in pirate copy?
and how i get cd key or i need to buy it?
this is not a pirated version of windows. you must have a legit activation key and you will be able to update windows like normal.
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I thought any untampered Windows download was legal. MSDN regularly uses torrents for their OS distributions.

The Illegal part is usually tampering with an iso or including software to bypass activation.
    
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Quote:
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this is not a pirated version of windows. you must have a legit activation key and you will be able to update windows like normal.
Actually MS has changed there stance on pirated copies. All pirated copies get updates as normal. They noticed a lot of viruses were living in pirated copies that couldn't get updates.
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you could always dl copies from microsoft, i think

i know you could with xp, but u need a key like always
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