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Windows 7 used to be available for public download on servers owned by Digital River, Microsoft's service provider for e-commerce. As of February 2015, these downloads have been pulled. "Free" access to the OS disk images is somewhat limited now, but a few options remain.

Important Note February 2015

The download servers msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net, msft.digitalrivercontent.net and azcdn01.digitalrivercontent.net have been taken down, and all Windows OS downloads have been pulled from the Azure storage.

Download from the new Recovery Centre

The takedown is probably permanent to force customers to download their installation media on the new Software Recovery Centre. The new site gives you access to the required ISO file in any of 19 available languages: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional, Hong Kong), Chinese (traditional, Taiwan), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish.

However, entering a product key is mandatory. Unfortunately, only retail product keys will work. For users of OEM or System Builder (SB) licenses, the disk images are out of reach. The recovery centre is only available in supported regions. Outside the supported areas, you will need to connect via VPN or a proxy server to access the disk images.

What about OEM?

OEM and SB customers can't get their software through the recovery centre. However, Microsoft will send you a replacement disk instead. A small processing fee applies.

In case your OEM product is not eligible for a replacement disk, we suggest you get in touch with Microsoft customer care through the above link.

Purchase a fresh Windows system

Windows 7

This is the fallback solution. If all other options fail, you can still buy a new or second hand Windows 7 system, and receive a fresh disk with it. If you have an existing key, you can of course use it with the purchased disk as well, and hence equip two computers with Windows. Windows 7 is available from Amazon in three different editions:

How to use the downloaded files

Once (if...) you've completed your download, you can burn it to DVD using any DVD writing software that supports writing disk images. If you already run any Windows 7 version, it's also possible to write the ISO image to DVD just by double clicking it.

Activate a different language or bit edition

The Windows 7 product keys are all agnostic of language version and bit edition. Any valid Windows 7 product key determines only the edition (Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise). It can, however, activate both 32 and 64 bit editions in any language. So, for instance, a key for the German Windows 7 Professional x86 edition can activate a Chinese Windows 7 Professional x64 edition. So if you already own a key, you can download any 32 or 64 bit image in your preferred language.

The *.iso downloads can very easily be converted into universal installation media supporting all Windows 7 editions (except Enterprise). There's only a single file that needs to be removed on the DVD. The file named ei.cfg in the sources folder restricts the choice of Windows editions that can be installed with that particular DVD. To remove it, you can apply the ei.cfg Removal Utility very easily.

Windows 7 Test Drive

Finally, the DVDs can be used to test and evaluate Windows 7 for 30 days, or to create a test environment within a virtual machine. Entering a product key during installation isn't mandatory. Just click the "Next" button without entering anything, and the Windows 7 Trial will be installed.

There's also a 90 days' trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise available directly from Microsoft.

Reset the evaluation timer

After 30 days of evaluation, you can reset the evaluation timer by opening the command prompt in admin mode, and typing in the command "slmgr -rearm". You can repeat this procedure up to 3 times, so your evaluation time will be 120 days altogether.

What are 32 bit and 64 bit editions?

The x86 (32 bit) editions run with 32 bit, the x64 editions, with 64 bit. The most important difference is that x64 editions can address more than 4 GByte of memory. Most software isn't available in 64 bit yet, and some old software and devices won't work on x64. So it makes sense to use 64 bit if you have more than 4 GB of RAM, and/or your most important software programmes exist as x64 versions as well, and you're absolutely sure your soft- and hardware will work properly. If you're still unsure which one you should choose, please download an x86 edition.

Download Windows 7 DVD Image

The following table is provided for reference only, so that you know which file name is which Windows version, in case you find some of the files from an alternative download source. The downloads in this table are no longer working.

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Product Chinese, traditional
(Taiwan)
Danish
(Denmark)
Dutch
(Netherlands)
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59295.iso X17-59891.iso X17-59233.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59297.iso X17-59883.iso X17-59236.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Professional N x86 SP1 U (media refresh)   X17-59318.iso X17-59384.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x64 SP1 U (media refresh)   X17-59320.iso X17-59387.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24268.iso X17-24276.iso X17-24278.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (old) X17-24269.iso X17-24277.iso X17-24279.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79637.iso
Win7-P-Retail-zh-tw-x86.exe
X15-79641.iso
Win7-P-Retail-da-dk-x86.exe
X15-79642.iso
Win7-P-Retail-nl-nl-x86.exe
Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-79940.iso
Win7-P-Retail-zh-tw-x64.exe
X15-79944.iso
Win7-P-Retail-da-dk-x64.exe
X15-79945.iso
Win7-P-Retail-nl-nl-x64.exe
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM (not bootable)      

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Product English
(USA)
Finnish
(Finland)
French
(France)
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-58996.iso   X17-59007.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-58997.iso   X17-59009.iso
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59183.iso X17-59192.iso X17-59195.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59186.iso X17-59194.iso X17-59197.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59463.iso   X17-59477.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59465.iso   X17-59479.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x86 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59335.iso X17-59344.iso X17-59348.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x64 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59337.iso X17-59346.iso X17-59351.iso
WiWindows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 (old) X17-24208.iso    
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 (old) X17-24209.iso    
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24280.iso X17-24284.iso X17-24286.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (old) X17-24281.iso X17-24285.iso X17-24287.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 (old) X17-24394.iso    
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (old) X17-24395.iso    
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM X15-65732.iso   X15-65738.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM X15-65733.iso   X15-65739.iso
Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM X15-65804.iso   X15-65810.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM X15-65805.iso   X15-65811.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM X15-65921.iso    
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM X15-65922.iso    
Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM X16-13457.iso   X16-13469.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM X16-13459.iso   X16-13471.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM X16-13548.iso   X16-13560.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM X16-13550.iso   X16-13562.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79606.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-en-us-x86.exe
  X15-79609.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-fr-fr-x86.exe
WindWindows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-79909.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-en-us-x64.exe
  X15-79912.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-fr-fr-x64.exe
WindWindows 7 Professional x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79643.iso
Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x86.exe
X15-79645.iso
Win7-P-Retail-fi-fi-x86.exe
X15-79646.iso
Win7-P-Retail-fr-fr-x86.exe
WindWindows 7 Professional x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-79646.iso
Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x64.exe
X15-79948.iso
Win7-P-Retail-fi-fi-x64.exe
X15-79949.iso
Win7-P-Retail-fr-fr-x64.exe
WindWindows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79703.iso
Win7-U-Retail-en-us-x86.exe
   
WindWindows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-80008.iso
Win7-U-Retail-en-us-x64.exe
   
WindWindows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM (not bootable) X16-12862.iso
Win7-HPN-Retail-en-us-x86.exe
  X16-12868.iso
Win7-HPN-Retail-fr-fr-x86.exe
WindWindows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM (not bootable) X16-12863.iso
Win7-HPN-Retail-en-us-x64.exe
  X16-12869.iso
Win7-HPN-Retail-fr-fr-x64.exe
WindWindows 7 Professional N x86 RTM (not bootable) X16-12908.iso
Win7-PN-Retail-en-us-x86.exe
  X16-12914.iso
Win7-PN-Retail-fr-fr-x86.exe
WindWindows 7 Professional N x64 RTM (not bootable) X16-12909.iso
Win7-PN-Retail-en-us-x64.exe
  X16-12915.iso
Win7-PN-Retail-fr-fr-x64.exe

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Product German
(Germany)
Italian
(Italy)
Korean
(Republic of Korea)
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59886.iso X17-59212.iso X17-59299.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59885.iso X17-59215.iso X17-59300.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
WindoWindows 7 Professional N x86 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59323.iso X17-59364.iso  
Windows 7 Professional N x64 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59327.iso X17-59366.iso  
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24288.iso X17-24296.iso X17-24328.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (old) X17-24289.iso X17-24297.iso X17-24329.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM X15-65740.iso   X15-65780.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM X15-65741.iso   X15-65781.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM X15-65812.iso   X15-65853.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM X15-65813.iso   X15-65854.iso (Windows 7 K)
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM      
Windows Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM X16-13473.iso   X15-65782.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM X16-13475.iso   X15-65783.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM X16-13564.iso   X15-65855.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM X16-13566.iso   X15-65856.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79610.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-de-de-x86.exe
  X15-79631.iso (Windows 7 K)
Win7-HP-Retail-ko-kr-x86.exe
Windows Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-79913.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-de-de-x64.exe
  X15-79934.iso (Windows 7 K)
Win7-HP-Retail-ko-kr-x64.exe
Windows Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79647.iso
Win7-P-Retail-de-de-x86.exe
X15-79651.iso
Win7-P-Retail-it-it-x86.exe
X15-79668.iso (Windows 7 K)
Win7-P-Retail-ko-kr-x86.exe
Windows Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-79950.iso
Win7-P-Retail-de-de-x64.exe
X15-79954.iso
Win7-P-Retail-it-it-x64.exe
X15-79971.iso (Windows 7 K)
Win7-P-Retail-ko-kr-x64.exe
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM (not bootable) X16-12870.iso
Win7-HPN-Retail-de-de-x86.exe
  X15-79632.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Win7-HPN-Retail-ko-kr-x86.exe
Windows Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM (not bootable) X16-12871.iso
Win7-HPN-Retail-de-de-x64.exe
  X15-79935.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Win7-HPN-Retail-ko-kr-x64.exe
Windows Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM (not bootable) X16-12916.iso
Win7-PN-Retail-de-de-x86.exe
  X15-79669.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Win7-PN-Retail-ko-kr-x86.exe
Windows Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM (not bootable) X16-12917.iso
Win7-PN-Retail-de-de-x64.exe
  X15-79972.iso (Windows 7 KN)
Win7-PN-Retail-ko-kr-x64.exe

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Product Norwegian, Bokmål
(Norway)
Portuguese
(Portugal)
Spanish
(Spain)
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
    X17-58857.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
    X17-58859.iso
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest alatest and greatest
X17-59229.iso X17-59246.iso X17-58866.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
X17-59231.iso X17-59247.iso X17-58868.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
    X17-58877.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
    X17-58879.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x86 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59380.iso X17-59395.iso X17-58871.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x64 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59383.iso X17-59398.iso X17-58874.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24302.iso X17-24306.iso X17-24318.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (old) X17-24303.iso X17-24307.iso X17-24319.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM     X15-65770.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM     X15-65771.iso
Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM     X15-65842.iso
Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM     X15-65843.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM     X15-65959.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM     X15-65960.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM (not bootable)     X15-79626.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-es-es-x86.exe
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM (not bootable)     X15-79929.iso
Win7-HP-Retail-es-es-x64.exe
Windows Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79655.iso
Win7-P-Retail-nb-no-x86.exe
X15-79657.iso
Win7-P-Retail-pt-pt-x86.exe
X15-79663.iso
Win7-P-Retail-es-es-x86.exe
Windows Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-79958.iso
Win7-P-Retail-nb-no-x64.exe
X15-79960.iso
Win7-P-Retail-pt-pt-x64.exe
X15-79966.iso
Win7-P-Retail-es-es-x64.exe
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM (not bootable)     X15-79723.iso
Win7-U-Retail-es-es-x86.exe
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM (not bootable)      

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Product Swedish
(Sweden)
   
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest alatest and greatest
X17-59271.iso    
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest alatest and greatest
X17-59273.iso    
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatest
     
Windows Windows 7 Professional N x86 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59418.iso    
Windows 7 Professional N x64 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59424.iso    
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24320.iso    
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (old) X17-24321.iso    
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (old)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM      
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM      
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows Windows 7 Professional x86 RTM (not bootable) X15-79664.iso
Win7-P-Retail-sv-se-x86.exe
   
Windows Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM (not bootable) X15-79967.iso
Win7-P-Retail-sv-se-x64.exe
   
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 RTM (not bootable)
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Professional N x86 RTM (not bootable)      
Windows 7 Professional N x64 RTM (not bootable)      

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