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15 Feb 2010   #1
AussieGuy92

 
 
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ok so i have seen on some sites (not torrent sites) but sites that say that the iso files is a direct link or the same iso copy you can download from microsoft. so is it the same version as the retail verision? i just want to know since i am helping a friend since he lost his windows 7 disk.


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15 Feb 2010   #2
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Yes, an .iso is an exact disk image, just watch where you download it from.
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15 Feb 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stillfreefilms View Post
ok so i have seen on some sites (not torrent sites) but sites that say that the iso files is a direct link or the same iso copy you can download from microsoft. so is it the same version as the retail verision? i just want to know since i am helping a friend since he lost his windows 7 disk.
An ISO file is a disk image. The only way to know for sure that's right from Microsoft and not tampered with is to run a HASH check against the ISO and compare that to what Microsoft publishes.

If your friend does have a legit copy of the software and a valid COA...he should be able to call MS and get another disc for a nominal fee. That's what I would do..versus getting a potentially manipulated disc from the web.
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15 Feb 2010   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I VERY STRONGLY recommend only downloading a Microsoft file from a Microsoft site.
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15 Feb 2010   #5
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
I VERY STRONGLY recommend only downloading a Microsoft file from a Microsoft site.
Or buying it from a vendor. If you a VALID key and COA then you can buy just the disc. Most vendors will sell it for about $25 shipped.
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16 Feb 2010   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I replaced a damaged XP CD from MS for only $10, but that was a couple of years ago, so it's probably higher now.
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16 Feb 2010   #7
Handycam

 

Why download the .iso? The betas will expire soon anyway.
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16 Feb 2010   #8
AussieGuy92

 
 

yer i now its good to watch were you download the iso from. and any thing in general.
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