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Windows 7: Lost your Windows discs? How to get replacement media, legally

08 Aug 2016   #51
z3r010

Windows 10 Workstation x64
 
 

Showkeyplus is a much better tool for retrieving the product key - Showkey - Windows 10 Forums


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11 Apr 2017   #52
gonzal13

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Velocito Micro able to obtain from MS the ISO

Use Belarc advoisor, it shouls show you the activation code for your windows.

I also had toe original DVD from Velocity Micro

With this inforemation I contacted Microsoft and they provided my ISO

Using a nopther program and my DVD external drive, I changed the boot from the Hsd to the external dvd drive.

I had two choices: One is to reinstall MS but it would have taken me about a month to rework every thing else. The other opportunitity I had was 'an uipgrade' I clicked on this option, the PC rebooted and allowed me to upgrade my windows.
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3 Weeks Ago   #53
GoldenDog

Windows 7 Home 32 bit
 
 

Microsoft provides FREE replacement install media at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download
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3 Weeks Ago   #54
Brds7t7

Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GoldenDog View Post
Microsoft provides FREE replacement install media at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download
You have to provide a product key on the MS site to download. Unfortunately even legit product keys sometimes don't work on there. I've tried it myself with a store bought 7 Ultimate retail version and it said it was an invalid key. They should just allow the download without the key, same as Windows 8.1 and 10. But MS doesn't want to make things too easy for 7 users!
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3 Weeks Ago   #55
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

...or 10 users. If your product key didn't work, I would suggest joining the mydigitallife.com forum and asking for help there. You must join to read the posts there.
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3 Weeks Ago   #56
Brds7t7

Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

My product keys all work to install/activate, some just don't work on that site. Not sure why, but a few people reported that it wasn't working for them a few years back.

The heidoc download tool in post #38 works fine without a key anyway, so there's no need to use the MS site to download a Windows 7 ISO. I have all the ISOs for all Windows versions, so never needed to use the MS site. I only tried it to test if my keys worked... and some failed!

All my keys are legit store bought Retail versions though, so there's obviously something wrong with MS own site.

Windows 8.1 and 10 users don't have to enter any product key to download though.
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6 Days Ago   #57
erpster4

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
I've tried it myself with a store bought 7 Ultimate retail version and it said it was an invalid key. They should just allow the download without the key, same as Windows 8.1 and 10. But MS doesn't want to make things too easy for 7 users!



Did the Win7 Ultimate retail version you bought come with a DVD disc?


and yeah, MS certainly isn't making it easier (almost darn right impossible nowadays) to obtain Win7 ISOs form the MS site lately unlike in years past - and eventually MS may shut down & pull the Win7 ISO downloads from their site (which would be another kick in the groin for W7 users)
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6 Days Ago   #58
Brds7t7

Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

Yes all came with discs. All legit (I can spot a fake windows retail box from a mile away! ).
Some legit keys just aren't recognised on that site, and a few others mentioned they had issues with their keys too.

I'm sure they will pull them at some point. So get downloading while you can. Luckily I still have all the ISOs going back to Windows 95.
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