Windows 7 Reached End of Mainstream Support in January 2015. Extended Support lasts until January 2020. For more details see End of Support.
Despite these guides being Dell based. The instructions on this page worked for all Windows 7 OEM Licenses and Retail Licenses.
- Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 OEM and Retail Downloads from Microsoft’s Techbench
- English Checksums and File Sizes
- Create a Bootable USB for a UEFI BIOS or Legacy BIOS
- OEM System Locked Preinstallation
- Deleting the EI.cfg File (optional)
- Installation Notes
Windows 7 SP1 – Retail and Commercial OEM Download Links
For Dell Systems updated Dell Windows Pro 7 January 2016 Reinstallation .isos are recommended.
The Windows 7 November 2011 .isos from Microsoft are unbranded and can be used with any Windows 7 OEM or Retail License. For OEM Licenses one may skip the product key during installation to begin a 30 day trial and apply their manufacturers OEM SLP post installation to activate Windows 7. Microsoft’s software download page for Windows 7 is however unfortunately non-functional in most cases.
Jan Krohn’s Microsoft Windows and Office .iso Downloader Tool is a utility that essentially fixed the flawed user interface of Microsoft’s software download page allowing the generation of proper download links.
English File Sizes and Checksums
For Windows 7 – English UK and English US are the same “Language”.
The time and currency format and keyboard or input method can be selected for English UK (International English) or English US respectively:
The Microsoft Windows and Microsoft .iso Downloader Tool generates direct download links from Microsoft’s servers. It doesn’t check whether the .iso you downloaded is complete or not.
For the English .isos the file size is 2,504,372 KB for Windows 7 32 Bit and 3,243,070 KB for Windows 7 64 Bit.
The checksums can be checked with Rufus (which we will use later to make the Bootable USB):
Rufus doesn’t need to be installed. Launch Rufus:
Select yes at the user account control prompt.
Select the load .iso icon:
Select your .iso and select open:
This will give you the .iso checksums:
The English .isos they should match the following. If they do not you have an incomplete download.
Commerical OEM .isos
Win7_Starter_SP1_English_COEM_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: c23c9cecee7e3093acfe00faab7091b5
- SHA1: e1653b111c4c6fd75b1be8f9b4c9bcbb0b39b209
- SHA256: a1cd61a1731b1deeda089c823c815454cb7a7de04b2b7f0cd4c171e31afb61b2
Win7_HomeBasic_SP1_English_COEM_x32.iso (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: f760d5a0ed615c6a93829ebc84db2a0d
- SHA1: c1e663fa5138ccb08e07ccc5bab1d74d168e3452
- SHA256: e63637b39caf187ee3f7dd68c51cc0509157d58c498002933735992760fa4dfb
Win7_HomeBasic_SP1_English_COEM_x64.iso (3,243,070 KB)
- MD5: b650412b04de41f36a53ef7e0658a8b3
- SHA1: 72666801e3ce687625173a11e1a3e7ffed04f148
- SHA256: e2764cf9c06fc51e4f556bb6675a840d0e8e6bd507c938caac4ebccdf0ad771b
Win7_HomePrem_SP1_English_COEM_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: ec49e3869291f2dc0aae53c21f3ac51a
- SHA1: f0991cbdbf87d54c3bf97e189f7a4a5aba692a59
- SHA256: 653c2a494f19c06ce33c9e0bec29ae2d07a0a736aa1712e87391126d64444047
Win7_HomePrem_SP1_English_COEM_x64 (3,243,070 KB)
- MD5: 1bfe92baeadf28092557ed80376938f9
- SHA1: 1e0cdfafb6a390e0e7e9f54ce99395ee42a59de0
- SHA256: 1dd79367c866573efd2de02ce331bac93a67d3395474d6911d2b28444d5ee3c0
Win7_Pro_SP1_English_COEM_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: 296f892e1f9b66ef5836a54557309e94
- SHA1: a908cf84fd448c235945fb5b6e2ff232eb362575
- SHA256: f814b85295351e4ab902dc1777c5539f6d855c8997bea833277290bca0a5385b
Win7_Pro_SP1_English_COEM_x64 (3,243,070 KB)
- MD5: 39134fad6ccc6292a5e81a5dcedc4d13
- SHA1: 5998495086fde086b2c8a1e490d8f1cd1dcc99cc
- SHA256: 8341417c575adb92cd11a1f77666b6d6cbbcfc56855927407235983e838cfe83
Win7_Ult_SP1_English_COEM_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: 02f83c24906fe8b8308cf21af7f39f0e
- SHA1: c511bf0de7632c47e8a2071acfe04637b498212d
- SHA256: ad3a17fbbd513083adf49606bd9779c561071837b04f5bf6b3d0ea2ea0c39407
Win7_Ult_SP1_English_COEM_x64 (3,243,070 KB)
- MD5: b00ccf47143f62486cecf467850e6c33
- SHA1: 37a6ed40d14428617c8fa196ec5448478db63bb9
- SHA256: 9a7ac3bad825996a3ef3b9efc0a8b9750961b730c5aab3df64a9fd10a6ba02f4
Win7_HomeBasic_SP1_English_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: 706c0eb93af2fb3df98e22422c72182c
- SHA1: 080ec1de94b88b0f7e8d000690a4aaaa031e2719
- SHA256: d8fa5ea8cf67315fa6ce693ef0c70503df7e14258301585ebc28eb1c6c8d6216
Win7_HomePrem_SP1_English_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: 0afa9359c62dc7b320205d3863c60385
- SHA1: 6071b4553fcf0ea53d589a846b5ae76743dd68fc
- SHA256: fe504356ac617baa572826a6fbf9ecba07cc498b3b79fcc6294a487f81fdd8e7
This .iso was called X17-58996.iso when it was hosted on Digital River before February 2015.
Win7_HomePrem_SP1_English_x64 (3,243,070 KB)
- MD5: da319b5826162829c436306bebea7f0f
- SHA1: 6c9058389c1e2e5122b7c933275f963edf1c07b9
- SHA256: c10a9da74a34e3ab57446cddd7a0f825d526da78d9796d442db5022c33e3cb7f
This .iso was called X17-58997.iso when it was hosted on Digital River before February 2015.
Win7_Pro_SP1_English_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: 0bff99c8310ba12a9136e3d23606f3d4
- SHA1: d89937df3a9bc2ec1a1486195fd308cd3dade928
- SHA256: fd4cdf56e0087ac4a76d6858046f3ee50977d47917ca96366322e271ddd4838e
This .iso was called X17-59183.iso when it was hosted on Digital River before February 2015.
Win7_Pro_SP1_English_x64 (3,243,070 KB)
- MD5: ed15956fe33c13642a6d2cb2c7aa9749
- SHA1: 0bcfc54019ea175b1ee51f6d2b207a3d14dd2b58
- SHA256: 3dae1a531b90fa72e59b4a86b20216188d398c8c070da4a5c5a44fe08b1b6e55
This .iso was called X17-59186.iso when it was hosted on Digital River before February 2015.
Win7_Ult_SP1_English_x32 (2,504,372 KB)
- MD5: 2572274e6b0acf4ed1b502b175f2c2db
- SHA1: 65fce0f445d9bf7e78e43f17e441e08c63722657
- SHA256: e2c009a66d63a742941f5087acae1aa438dcbe87010bddd53884b1af6b22c940
This .iso was called X17-59463.iso when it was hosted on Digital River before February 2015.
Win7_Ult_SP1_English_x64 (3,243,070 KB)
- MD5: c9f7ecb768acb82daacf5030e14b271e
- SHA1: 36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83
- SHA256: 36f4fa2416d0982697ab106e3a72d2e120dbcdb6cc54fd3906d06120d0653808
This .iso was called X17-59465.iso when it was hosted on Digital River before February 2015.
Note Windows 7 Starter is OEM only and hence not found as a Retail .iso. It is unknown why there is a 64 Bit and 32 Bit Commerical OEM .iso and only a 32 Bit Retail .iso for Windows 7 Home Basic. This Edition is pretty much OEM only however.
Commercial OEM N .isos
Win7_HomePrem_N_SP1_English_COEM_x32 (2,217,196 KB)
- MD5: 9feb6e72e3d91cb581df4709a7fe1406
- SHA1: b56d31708187d46bd70b14f5a0cbc601c7824967
- SHA256: 39a8d7b6ede58c06182fa1692adbac627f5e812362093a261c17842584ff1bb5
Win7_HomePrem_N_SP1_English_COEM_x64 (2,904,836 KB)
- MD5: 61fb17338ca579c9b88fb612f053042a
- SHA1: 8ddd6461df488e1cf09d815dc931de7e9c0a391b
- SHA256: d9845049002343327e2965ec7d48fc8c314b4a42261fe53b2707a1035edac9b9
Win7_Pro_N_SP1_English_COEM_x32 (2,217,196 KB)
- MD5: 8f9dc4097d5530522f9daf848e4bcd29
- SHA1: 05856ff8cb806c2226680015dc84ae32757afbee
- SHA256: 8d390e8890ba812c4d07f6f76110325093f41b9132db3bec3a949513577be5e7
Win7_Pro_N_SP1_English_COEM_x64 (2,904,836 KB)
- MD5: 0adeff47e09dd18b2fed976f5998a4ff
- SHA1: 650d01efbb8bc06d96ad0ca39342dd56da6dc010
- SHA256: 4c63c6acd2e58b965f93ebec419c3c375d46faef82314b12f40ba4df77ab69e6
Win7_Ult_N_SP1_English_COEM_x32 (2,217,196 KB)
- MD5: 1a8802855b49fa691e26dbd95b6e7bcc
- SHA1: cd836ac87671164dc6d574414ee860ac8680ddd8
- SHA256: befb0c02070bf477b25652a11912cb28ba77f0a2822fa3323c9fc83fc8d6ec60
Win7_Ult_N_SP1_English_COEM_x64 (2,904,836 KB)
- MD5: 016239e9d44a3494ad8a00ab8803959c
- SHA1: ac688c494acdb6efe44f5dcad15810a094720ef3
- SHA256: d6d4fca366b04cbeb83326e809265560416f27bd74509cfae5225a28a165bf7a
Retail N .isos
Win7_HomePrem_N_SP1_English_x32 (2,217,196 KB)
- MD5: b5edcee4c7c851c13c064ecd7c7176e6
- SHA1: f17fb1397797c5e83a3f18e76f19dcee2b0736d4
- SHA256: daa5ff6bbaf4bade6c4bcd559ae7151e1d26281b38421ef1864a6e831436b7bc
Win7_HomePrem_N_SP1_English_x64 (2,904,836 KB)
- MD5: 9d8ca8fec19272ce96f3728ccbd1db6b
- SHA1: 6496c1221b4d2090ea599acafbee33aa6855aadc
- SHA256: e9bdc2f18144bd44fab5fd4f8e963ad16b1f0e68708a0f091820c605dcac8a22
Win7_Pro_N_SP1_English_x32 (2,217,196 KB)
- MD5: a553f87c6d4102ea317c8ede93891662
- SHA1: fda90230e29052b7b20ca408e961c5d2743041f1
- SHA256: ed70d0260e4c16da603e5364b4bdab4f681532a8094b15ac4d056610658e9b2e
Win7_Pro_N_SP1_English_x64 (2,904,836 KB)
- MD5: 57de0ef0d8aec8f57648c41ca6dc855d
- SHA1: 59f942bc69ca6d8ab25a3b63a018d86d8acee78b
- SHA256: 7c9573f127e01c877d6d3f22bd3ba4bbfe8dbc421755697b679557c0850bd09b
Win7_Ult_N_SP1_English_x32 (2,217,196 KB)
- MD5: 8d9c55270d91a25663517dbef9968c80
- SHA1: bbf301280faa00b02f5475cdaa06558f569569e8
- SHA256: 12da8abb86ca0651ecc919bf342d7990b1175ef2eb3a22e3bfbcfa38f770c7a5
Win7_Ult_N_SP1_English_x64 (2,904,836 KB)
- MD5: 125a15247bceb880d6ae6a30e481eeb2
- SHA1: e01a55499fe9eba718b59492e55b567f3d6f4e1b
- SHA256: 24e6a5719cf8ed3b0afda7c21f989cbf93ed627c1ef99ba3359010fc1132901f
Checking if your System has an UEFI Boot
Power down your Dell and then power up and Press [F12]. For non-Dells you may have to use [Esc] or another Function key [F1-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 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 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
Insert a 16 GB USB Flash Drive and launch Rufus:
Select yes at the user account control prompt.
Select the load .iso icon:
Select your .iso and select open:
For a UEFI system ensure the partition scheme is GPT for UEFI is selected and the file system is NTFS.
For a Legacy system ensure the partition scheme is MBR for Legacy BIOS and the file system is NTFS.
You will get a warning informing you that data on your USB will be wiped. Select OK:
Wait for Rufus to make your Bootable USB you will see the green progress bar:
When its finished it will say Ready.
Additional Notes for a UEFI BIOS
November 2010 Installation Media does not have support for hardware made in 2011-2016. You’ll likely need to incorporate USB 3.0 drivers into the boot.wim and install.wim files and Storage Controller drivers into the install .wim file otherwise your Windows 7 installation will fail. I’ve tried to make this as simple as possible see my guide Slipsteam of the Convenience Rollup, Internet Explorer 11, Storage Controllers and USB 3.0 support.
Note hardware manufactured in mid 2017 or later is not supported by Microsoft or Intel for Windows 7.
- Installation media without USB 3.0 driver support will lead to one being stuck on this screen with no response from the mouse or keyboard.
- Installation Media without Storage Controllers will result in the following error:
“A required CD\DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disc, CD, DVD, or USB flash Drive, please insert it now. Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step.”
Delete the EI.cfg file
The ei.cfg should be deleted after the Bootable USB is made to allow installation of all Editions of Windows 7 for a Corresponding Architecture.
Open up the USB in Windows Explorer go to the sources folder and look for ei.cfg and delete it.
During installation you will get the option to install your desired Edition of Windows 7:
Its advised to install Windows 7 without a Product Key to initiate a 30 Day Trial Install and then to reapply OEM System Locked Preinstallation via a simple batch file.
Install Windows 7
To install Windows 7 see Windows 7 Installation in a UEFI BIOS or Legacy BIOS.
Notes on Windows Update
If the updates have not been slipstreamed into the installation media they should be applied immediately post-installation.
1. Service Stack:
2. Convenience Rollup:
3. Prequisite Updates for IE11:
5. The Latest Security Rollup from the Microsoft Update Catalog:
Simply download the .msu files and install them, then restart your computer when prompted. Note you must restart after each update.