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Windows 7: Where to download Windows 7?

30 Dec 2015   #1
Carbo

W7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Where to download Windows 7?

I purchased a new laptop running Windows 10. I want to wipe my old HP and do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium. I don't want to reinstall using HP's disc if I can avoid it. Prefer a clean and light running PC since this will really only be for miscellaneous use.
Anyway, I thought I could download a copy of 7, burn to a bootable USB and install, entering my C of A when prompted. But when I tried downloading from MS, I was asked for the C of A, only to be told it was an OEM and I needed to contact the manufacturer directly. Any way to get around this? Thank you.


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30 Dec 2015   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Carbo View Post
I purchased a new laptop running Windows 10. I want to wipe my old HP and do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium. I don't want to reinstall using HP's disc if I can avoid it. Prefer a clean and light running PC since this will really only be for miscellaneous use.
Anyway, I thought I could download a copy of 7, burn to a bootable USB and install, entering my C of A when prompted. But when I tried downloading from MS, I was asked for the C of A, only to be told it was an OEM and I needed to contact the manufacturer directly. Any way to get around this? Thank you.
Your problem won't be finding the download, the problem is getting a new key from an OEM key. No matter what, you're going to have to activate and the Windows 10 OEM key simply will not activate a Windows 7 PC. I would think the manufacturer should be pretty understanding as long as you have proof of purchase, not out of your warranty, etc.

Did you contact Microsoft directly or did the download page tell you that your key is not acceptable to download 7?
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30 Dec 2015   #3
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Try this.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/55119-file-open-file-save-does-not-work.html

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30 Dec 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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30 Dec 2015   #5
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

These links should help, you obviously have the product key already if Microsoft told you to go to the OEM,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
Don't bother using the MS site, it doesn't work for me with a legit retail key. A lot of people have had issues.

Try this site, the MD5's are correct:

Download Windows 7 ISOs, Legally and for Free | PCsteps.com
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Windows 7 iso wont download from MS
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31 Dec 2015   #6
Carbo

W7 Home Premium 64
 
 

To clarify, I have a product key that came with the HP laptop. When I attempted to download 7 from Microsoft, I was prompted for the key, but then received a message that it is an OEM key and I should contact the manufacturer. But I already have the HP Recovery disc, which is what they will send if I contact them.
I'm just looking for a legit download of 7 that I can use for a clean install. But it doesn't appear that exists anymmore.
In the meantime I am going to try the link posted above to PCsteps.com. Thanks, everyone!
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31 Dec 2015   #7
z3r010

 

Win7 home premium x64 direct from Microsoft (link should be good for 24 hours) - http://software-download.microsoft.c...5ca8392b34e897
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31 Dec 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Microsoft DigitalRiver Mirror

Unless you have a Retail key or a system builders key, the Microsoft site will not work and you get the message you got.
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31 Dec 2015   #9
z3r010

 

He should be fine with the direct link from Microsoft that I gave him if if gets it within 24 hours from when I posted it.
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31 Dec 2015   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Correct me if I'm wrong.
After downloading Windows 7 the OEM key off of the Microsoft COA key sticker will still be needed.

The OEM/SLP key will not work.
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