Everyone who is running Windows 7 should have a good copy of Win 7 media for legitimate repair purposes.
The rules of this site do not permit me to provide specific links but I think (hope
) I'm allowed to suggest generally that you could probably locate a copy of either the RC or the RTM if you are familiar with how to search for and download torrents
. You just have to be sure to check the hash values and compare to MS official ones (listed in the FAQ on this site) to make sure whatever you have downloaded is, in fact, a true unmodified copy of the original media. Hashtab
is another good free app for doing that.
Btw, you could install and run the RTM version unactivated for a total of 120 days by "rearming" every 30 days (allowed 3 30 day rearms after the first 30 days). I think there is a tutorial on this site on how to do that. After the 3 rearms are used up, you would have to enter a key and activate to continue using an RTM version.
Anyway, once you have obtained whatever media you have decided to go for, by whatever method (from a friend or from a torrent or buying it or whatever (btw, only $30 for Pro RTM if you have a valid .edu email address)) then just burn it using a good app like Imgburn
(free) and burn at a slow speed and check the box to make the burning app verify
the burn after it is finished to make sure your burn is a good one and not corrupted.
Good luck and I hope that you don't let this little "bump in the road" stop you from using Windows 7.