Download Dell Windows 7 Pro OEM Skylake Reinstallation.iso



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Contents

Non-Pro Editions

The Dell OS Recovery Tool only covers Dell Systems shipped with Windows 7 Professional OEM. For a Windows 7 Home Premium OEM License or a Windows 7 Ultimate OEM License you can Download the Windows 7 Professional .iso and then follow my instructions to unlock it so you can Install the other Editions. These workarounds will also work with Dell and non-Dell Systems.

Introduction

Windows 7 Reached End of Mainstream Support in January 2015 and Windows 7 Pro Reached End of OEM Sales in October 31st 2016 while other Editions of Windows 7 Reached End of OEM Sales in October 2014. Due to Microsoft’s policies Dell are no longer allowed to ship physical installation media.

Although we requested this way back in 2009 when Windows 7 was first released and preinstalled on Dell Systems, Microsoft have finally conceded and allowed Dell to provide a proper digital distribution in the form of the Dell OS Recovery Tool but only for Windows 7 Pro OEM which is still the most popular OS for use in a Business environment. Home customers are expected to use Windows 10 which I recommend in most cases.

Dell released an up to date Windows 7 Pro .iso – the “Dell Windows 7 Pro Skylake Reinstallation .iso” which is updated to include USB 3.1 and Storage Controller support necessary for installation of Windows 7 Pro on up to 6th Generation Intel Skylake systems. This installation media also includes Internet Explorer 11. It will automatically activate on eligible Dell systems using Dell OEM System Locked Preinstallation.

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The Dell Windows 7 Pro Skylake Reinstallation .iso created in March 2016 (including Updates until January 2016) is far superior to Microsoft’s own offering which is outdated to 2010. Only the Pro Edition is updated.

The Dell Windows 7 Pro Skylake Reinstallation .iso is also multi-lingual:

The Dell Windows 7 Skylake Reinstallation .isos in this guide will apply Dell OEM System Locked Preinstallation. For Windows 7 Pro the install will be keyless.

Eligible systems have a Windows Pro sticker:

win10Pro Win8Pro

Or alternatively a Windows 7 Pro COA (key not required, often found under the battery compartment):

Laptop COA

Perquisites

If running the Dell OS Recovery Tool on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The Microsoft.Net Framework needs to be installed, if it is not, the tool won’t run. To download it see here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55167

This is inbuilt into Windows 10.

Dell OS Recovery Tool

Download the Dell OS Recovery Tool:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukdhs1/drivers/osiso/recoverytoolhttps://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/OSISO

Install the tool following the on screen instructions. Launch the tool:

If the Tool is ran on a Dell system to the left you’ll be able to select “This Device” and it will automatically lookup your Service Tag. Otherwise to the right you can manually input a Dell Service Tag.

The Windows 7 Download will display, 7.06 GB for Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit or 5.45 GB for Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit.

If your Service Tag is rejected use 5KR9DC2 for Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit and 7GXLCS1 for Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit. N.B. Only Service Tags of UEFI BIOS Systems which shipped with Windows 7 Pro seem to be eligible.

Select Download.

It should say Download Completed! DO NOT SELECT NEXT!

You may now close the program


The .iso appears in a Downloads subfolder in:

C:\ProgramData\Dell\OS Recovery Tool

The ProgramData folder is hidden by default. Open Windows Explorer and copy and paste the above into the address bar:

You will see a Downloads folder. This is by default locked:

When you select it, you will get a warning, select continue to access the folder:

You will now see the Dell Windows 7 Professional Skylake Reinstallation .iso:

I advise copying the .iso to your Desktop or to an external hard drive.

The Dell OS Recovery Tool should in theory allow one to make a Bootable USB Flash Drive however in my testing the following occurred. Therefore I recommend using Rufus to check the .iso checksums and make the Bootable USB:

Installation .iso Checksums

Open your Downloads folder. You will see a subfolder called Dell. The installation .iso you have downloaded will be present there. The installation .isos will have the following names with a suffix including the time you downloaded the .iso e.g. _20171207_0202

Windows 7 Profession 64 Bit Multi-Language:

  • G13K9_PW4KGA00_W7SP1PRO64_ROW(DL).iso

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit Multi-Language:

  • MT5KY_N6N9GA00_W7SP1PRO32_ROW(DL).iso

Ensure that the .iso checksums match before using the .iso as there are often issues with incomplete downloads.

.iso checksums can be checked with Rufus (which we will also use to make the Bootable USB):

https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Rufus doesn’t need to be installed. Launch Rufus:

Accept the User Account Control Prompt:

You will be prompted to check for updates, there is no point in doing so if you have just downloaded Rufus:

Select “select”:

Select the installation .iso you have just downloaded and select open:

The name of the loaded .iso will be displayed at the bottom:

Select the tick mark beside “select”. This will compute the installation isos checksums:

The progress bar will show at the bottom:

Ensure they match the installation .iso checksums I list below:

G13K9_PW4KGA00_W7SP1PRO64_ROW(DL).iso (7,404,138 KB):

  • MD5: d363f535afae79139fe8632702613ffb
  • SHA1: f52615d64ebe9b7c7aeb754746356bc3a052c415
  • SHA256: 2bfa2ebbee84804c8e643bf829644e6c5ef373e63bdeae3a6ac927d371f4c0d0

MT5KY_N6N9GA00_W7SP1PRO32_ROW(DL).iso (5,715,252 KB):

  • MD5: 488ae6c2a7e587e87c12101fde083458
  • SHA1: c36a77d3dbbe1d248a04a496e2f88ab268ff6ce9
  • SHA256: b33b6b5a5c98ad33729741b2f2fe4c74bc7a8677f7c13d0c4966fd9ae5ed2c14

If they do not you have a corrupt installation .iso and should retry the download using the Dell OS Recovery Tool again:

Checking if your System has an UEFI Boot

Power down your Dell and then power up and Press [F12]. This will take you to your systems Boot Menu.

If it mentions at the top “Boot Mode” then you have a UEFI BIOS.

For Windows 7 64 Bit Installation:

  • The Boot Mode should be set to UEFI.
  • Secure Boot should be Off.
  • Legacy ROMs settings (not shown on the Boot Manager Screen) should be Enabled.
  • Note that early UEFI systems may not have Secure Boot and hence no need for Legacy ROM Settings.

For Windows 7 32 Bit Installation:

  • The Boot Mode should be set to Legacy.
  • Secure Boot should be Off.
  • Legacy ROMs settings (not shown on the Boot Manager Screen) should be Enabled.
  • Note that early UEFI systems may not have Secure Boot and hence no need for Legacy ROM Settings.

For details in Enabling these settings see Unified Extensive Firmware Interface (UEFI).

If it doesn’t mention at the top “Boot Mode” then you have an older system with a Legacy BIOS.

Creating a Bootable USB Flash Drive

Note: All Data on your USB Flash Drive will be formatted, so check there is nothing important on it before using it to make a Windows 7 Bootable USB.

If Rufus is closed, relaunch it and load the installation .iso. Insert a 16 GB USB Flash Drive. Your USB flash drive should display under Device:

For a UEFI system with 64 Bit Windows 7 ensure the partition scheme is GPT and the target is UEFI. The file system should be FAT32:

For a Legacy system with 32 Bit Windows 7 or 64 Bit Windows 7 ensure the partition scheme is MBR for Legacy BIOS. The file system should be NTFS:

It is advisable to change the Volume Label to something recognisable such as Win7Pro:

Press Start to begin making your Windows 7 Bootable USB:

You will be warned that your USB Flash Drive will be formatted. Select OK:

Rufus will now begin making your Bootable USB Flash Drive:

Once finished it will say “Ready”. You may now close down Rufus:

Windows Update

With the Updated Image of the Dell Windows 7 Professional .wim 192 Updates are preinstalled taking this Windows Installation Media up to date until January 2016:

preinstalled-skylake-updates

To quickly patch it, it is advised to install these four updates immediately after installation (I usually copy these updates to a folder called Windows Updates and place it on the Bootable USB).

For the first three updates make sure to download the correct architecture x64 (64 Bit Windows) or x86 (32 Bit Windows). Most people will be installing the Windows 7 64 Bit architecture.

1. Service Stack:

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=3020369

2. Convenience Rollup:

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=3125574

3. The Latest Security Rollup from the Microsoft Update Catalog:

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=monthly%20rollup%20for%20Windows%207%20

4. Microsoft .Net Framework:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55167

Simply download the .msu files and after your clean Windows Reinstallation install them, then restart your computer when prompted. Note you must restart after each update.

Installation Instructions

To install Windows 7 see Windows 7 Installation in a UEFI BIOS or Legacy BIOS.

 

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