According to statcounter, Windows 7 is the most popular dekstop operating systems (44.58%). Windows 10 is the No.2 popular dekstop os (38.29%).
I don’t like Windows 10, although Microsoft allows us to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. However, I still recommend you upgrade to Windows 10, because Windows 10 is a trend. Upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8 (license needed) to Windows 10 is completely free.
Now, I will tell you how to download Windows 7 ISO from microsoft.com legally and for free.
Windows 7 Product Key
You will not be able to use Windows 7 for a long time without a product key, you can buy a copy of Windows 7 on Newegg.com (Windows 7 Professional SP1 $139.99 ,Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 $92.99 ) or Amazon.com (Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit $189.99 , Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 $189.99 )
Windows 7 ISO Download ( Way 1)
With a Product Key, you can download Windows 7 ISO from Microsoft Software Recovery Center, in fact, you can also download Windows 10 and 8.1 on this page. (Product Key needed)
Windows 7 ISO Download ( Way 2)
Download from rg-adguard.net, this website provides Microsoft’s official download link. Only Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 is available.
Or Click to Download Win7_Ult_SP1_English_x64.iso directly
Size: 3167.06 MB
Click to Download Win7_Ult_SP1_English_x32.iso directly
Size: 2445.68 MB
Windows 7 ISO Download ( Way 3)
Download Windows 7 Torrent on corenoc.de, on this website, you download Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 ,Professional SP1 or Ultimate SP1.
Select a version and download the torrent, then download it with a BT software such as uTorrent or BitComet.
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
SHA-1 Hash: 6c9058389c1e2e5122b7c933275f963edf1c07b9
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1
SHA-1 Hash: 6071b4553fcf0ea53d589a846b5ae76743dd68fc
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
SHA-1 Hash: 0bcfc54019ea175b1ee51f6d2b207a3d14dd2b58
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1
SHA-1 Hash: d89937df3a9bc2ec1a1486195fd308cd3dade928
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
SHA-1 Hash: 36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
SHA-1 Hash: 65fce0f445d9bf7e78e43f17e441e08c63722657
Check MD5 & SHA-1
Don’t rush to install after the download, you need to verify the SHA-1 of the ISO file. If the SHA-1 is wrong, you need to download again.
HashMyFiles is small utility that allows you to calculate the MD5 and SHA1 hashes of one or more files. (64 bit Download, 32 bit Download)
Windows 7 Install
Two easy ways to install Windows 7.
- Extract ISO file with 7zip or Winrar. Double-click setup.exe to install
- Create a USB Flash Drive Installer with Rufus or Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool is provided by Microsoft, but it’s not a good choice. Rufus is better. Rufus is faster and powerful.
Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI or GPT partition scheme for UEFI
Then click the CD/HDD icon and select the Windows 7 ISO
Click Start, then OK to write the Windows 7 image to the USB flash drive
Now you can Install Windows 7 from a Bootable USB.
BTW, if you delete ei.cfg from the beginning, there will be more system options. “ei.cfg” file is present in “Sources” directory of Windows 7 setup disc.
If your want to upgrade from Windows Vista or XP, keep your files and setting, then select Upgrade. Otherwise, please select Custom (New PC or want to fromat the hard drive).
10-30 minutes needed
Type Username and Password
If you don’t want set a password, click Next directly
Click Skip if you don’t have a Windows 7 Product Key