Download Windows 7 SP1 Commercial OEM and Retail .iso


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Introduction

Despite these guides being Dell based. The instructions on this page should work for all Windows 7 OEM Licenses and Retail Licenses.

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See Windows OEM FAQs and Downloads for more details and installation guides.

 

Contents

 

Windows 7 SP1 – Retail and Commercial OEM Download Links

 

For Dell Systems updated Dell Windows 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. Jan Krohn’s Microsoft Windows and Office .iso Downloader Tool is a utility that essentially fixes the flawed user interface of Microsoft’s software download page allowing the generation of proper download links. These Download Links are to untouched .iso files stored on Microsoft’s servers.

To the right select Windows 7:

Then select “Windows 7 Professional SP1” under Edition as downloads to Windows 7 Professional are often more reliable. The Windows 7 .iso contains all the other Editions; to get the other Editions one can easily delete a small text file once they have created their Bootable USB to unlock Windows 7 Starter (32 Bit only), Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate.

N options used to show up with this tool and should be avoided. The N editions are unpopular, substandard editions of Windows 7 without media features that Microsoft had to produce due to a lawsuit by the EU (N). In practice they were very rarely sold even in the EU27 countries and will not activate with normal product keys or OEM SLP. K and KN options were restricted Editions for sale in North Korea.

Next select confirm and then select your desired language. This guide will use English Language as an example.

You will now have direct Download Links to the 64 Bit .iso or 32 Bit .iso (64 Bit recommended in most cases).

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:

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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):

https://rufus.akeo.ie/

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

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Select yes at the user account control prompt.

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Select the load .iso icon:

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Select your .iso and select open:

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Select #:

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This will give you the .iso checksums:

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The English .isos they should match the following. If they do not you have an incomplete download.

Win7_Pro_SP1_English_x32 (2,504,372 KB)

  • MD5: 0bff99c8310ba12a9136e3d23606f3d4
  • SHA1: d89937df3a9bc2ec1a1486195fd308cd3dade928
  • SHA256: fd4cdf56e0087ac4a76d6858046f3ee50977d47917ca96366322e271ddd4838e

Win7_Pro_SP1_English_x64 (3,243,070 KB)

  • MD5: ed15956fe33c13642a6d2cb2c7aa9749
  • SHA1: 0bcfc54019ea175b1ee51f6d2b207a3d14dd2b58
  • SHA256: 3dae1a531b90fa72e59b4a86b20216188d398c8c070da4a5c5a44fe08b1b6e55

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.

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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.

Select Start:

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.

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  • 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.”

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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.

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During installation you will get the option to install your desired Edition of Windows 7:

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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:

https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/D/0/5D0821EB-A92D-4CA2-9020-EC41D56B074F/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x64.msu

2. Convenience Rollup:

http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/05/windows6.1-kb3125574-v4-x64_2dafb1d203c8964239af3048b5dd4b1264cd93b9.msu

3. Prequisite Updates for IE11:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/C/A/6CA15546-A46C-4333-B405-AB18785ABB66/Windows6.1-KB2729094-v2-x64.msu

http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/9/14936FE9-4D16-4019-A093-5E00182609EB/Windows6.1-KB2670838-x64.msu

http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/A/5/5A548BFE-ADC5-414B-B6BD-E1EC27A8DD80/Windows6.1-KB2834140-v2-x64.msu

http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/1/C/91CC3B0D-F58B-4B36-941D-D810A8FF6805/Windows6.1-KB2639308-x64.msu

4. IE11

http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/1/7/7179A150-F2D2-4502-9D70-4B59EA148EAA/IE11-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe

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

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=monthly%20rollup%20for%20Windows%207%20for%20×64

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

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111 thoughts on “Download Windows 7 SP1 Commercial OEM and Retail .iso

  1. There is a mistake in the text, because links for professional and ultimate edition x64 lead to same URL (for Ultimate edition)…

    1. You need to purchase a product key or you can install without one for a 30 day trial.

      If you have a system which came with Windows 7 Home Premium OEM preinstalled e.g. from Dell there should be a COA affixed to the system (maybe in the battery compartment of laptops or computer cover of desktops).

      For more details see Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean install of Windows 7: http://philipyip.wordpress.com/dell-community-forums/

      You can purchase a retail/OEM Windows 7 Home Premium license from the likes of NewEgg, Amazon etc. and input the product key provided to activate.

  2. I’m going to use your files and tutorials to do clean installs of windows 7 on (3) oem machines this weekend (all machines have windows 7 COA stickers). I figured clean installs are going to be MUCH faster than installing via the oem recovery media, which puts a massive amount of bloatware that bleeds everywhere…no matter how hard I try, I cannot get rid of it all. I’ve already contacted microsoft support, and they said that using the digital river iso’s on oem machines is perfectly fine…as long as the product key on the COA sticker is valid for the windows 7 version on the iso. Thanks so much for putting this together!

    1. Amy ensure you backup the SLP Activation of each install using the ABR program before clean installation see here: http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/a-clean-install-of-windows-7/microsoft-product-activation/the-activation-backup-and-recovery-program-windows-7-version/
      This will save a lot of hassles with Microsoft Product Activation in particular if the COA is faded. I only have the Dell activation files so this is particularly important if your systems are not Dells.

      Clean installs have always been much faster and efficient in my experience.

      1. I had a windows 7 home premium pre installed on my dell xps l502x laptop.i lost the DVD that came with the purchase and the product key has faded away.after 2 or 3 years i installed windows from “softlay” website because my laptop started to have more virus an started to lag… but it is 30 days trial witout product key.if i follow ur steps , can i get back my original OS

    1. Microsoft has a free tool that will help you make the recovery media for either 8 or 8.1………you have to have the product key or you would have had to make a system image prior to this or your machine would haved had to shipped with 8.1 pre installed

    1. Use the Home Premium or Professional 32 Bit version and create a bootable USB.
      Once the bootable USB is made delete the ei.cfg file. The ei.cfg will select the version to install automatically and deleting it gives you a screen presenting you with the option to install Starter. This is explained in more detail above.

  3. Would the pro install be fine for installing on a brand new hard drive on a HP Probook (6560b)

    1. If you are trying to perform downgrade rights then you need installation media with HP system locked preinstallation as no Windows 7 key is provided for downgrade rights. I have these for Dell systems listed here

      http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/a-clean-install-of-windows-7/microsoft-product-activation/the-activation-backup-and-recovery-program-windows-7-version/

      For HP I have the files for Home Premium and can probably make these up for Professional and Ultimate from that (I have not uploaded these yet and these are untested).

      If the system has a Windows 7 Professional COA included then you can use the 25 Digit product key on that and manually activate via phone.

  4. I bought a new Dell Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 installation DVD on eBay. The intended recipient PC will not boot to it. I can not open the CD. I have three PC’s running here. They don’t recognize it. What easy step have I missed?

  5. This is an E521. Oddly, it has a Vista sticker but XP OS. Just as when I try to boot to it, when I try to read to it in Explorer, the DVD drive eventually just flashes and everything stops.
    OK now get this. I have a ten year old Compaq Presaro with XP. I push in the disc and it says blah blah your PC isn’t up top specs for this OS. But I can read it in Explorer, see the folders and everything.

    1. Okay so you have a Windows Vista Business COA with downgrade rights to Windows XP. Firstly did you get a new product key with the Reinstallation DVD, if not you should know that the System Locked Preinstallation key from the Windows 7 Reisntallation DVD will be rejected in your system as Dell never sold it with Windows 7.

      The DVD drive in the E521 does it read other DVDs? You can try a lens cleaning CD as there may be some dust blocking the DVD laser. Its also possible that the DVD laser has failed (if it can’t read other DVDs this is likely the case):
      http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/hardware-maintainance/

  6. Thank you so much for your response.
    Yes, I have a product key.
    The other PC is old, too, a P4 powered unit, and it won’t read the disc either.
    The Dell E521 will not read it, and I installed the new HDD and tried with an XP disc so I know the DVD player is working OK. I think this is just too much BS and I’m going to send it back. The seller said I could install this on any computer blah blah blah.

    1. The Pentium 4 PC will likely have a CD drive only therefore won’t read a DVD. You can install using a retail .iso and make a bootable USB as instructed on this page.

      The important thing is the product key not the DVD.

  7. Thank you so very much for your interest and responses. I used burnaware (free) and installed the OS with no problems, except the last two times setup rebooted it booted to USB and I had to manually redirect the boot to HDD. Very simple, very easy to adapt to a new way, even for me.

  8. THANK YOU!!! Perfect helper. After hardware failure all I needed was a $50 new hard drive in my Dell laptop and this instruction set.

      1. dear philipyip sir,

        greetings for india,

        first of all i would like to thank you for this wonderful service and help you are doing for all of us..i really want to thank you from my heart..thank you sir..thank u.

        i am trying to download dell oem windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1 iso file..but after downloading and mounting it through daemon tools , in my dvd drive it shows as windows proffesional and not home premium..can you please check at your end?..have the iso’s been misplaced??..i dont want to delete ei.cfg file because my pc was home premium so i presume it will automatically get activated..and i also have my genuine win7 home premium 64bit sp1 key with me..

        once again..philip sir.. i want to thank you..really thanks a lot..

        my pc is fully crashed..and my oem disc is not working..you are the only hope on interent..as there are no oem isos available anywhere…

        philip sir..greetings from india..

        waiting for your revert..

  9. HI philipyip,

    I just have a little concern for which I can’t really find an answer anywhere explaining this more thoroughly: If you look at the bootom of this tutorial from Sevenforums. com http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/219487-clean-reinstall-factory-oem-windows-7-a.html#step6

    it states that for dell users the recovery partition will be obsolete after reinstall!
    I’d hate to loose that! Is this true ?

    I’d really like to reinstall windows 7 professional 64 bit oem on my studio1747 but using the Italian version ( since I’m a language enthusiast) but trying not to loose the recovery partition since it comes in soo HANDY! (off course I will also make recovery cd/dvd/usb before reinstalling, just in ase)

    ….

    Was also wondering if a reinstall or factory reset would effect my entire hard drive or only the system partition C: ie not my extended partition i’ve created to store data ??

    Many many thanks in advance since I know you’re the expert on this!

    Cian

    1. If you go through the procedure of manual clean install with a Windows 7 .iso the recovery partition will be rendered useless. Moreover if you have extended and shrunk the main partition, Dell Backup and Recovery may not work, rendering your recovery partition already useless. It usually does not like users or software/malware resizing partitions on the main drive. If you delete all partitions during the clean installation you can install Dell Backup and Recovery after Windows Updates and driver installation and make a new recovery partition from your clean install.

      You can try updating to the latest version of Dell Backup and Recovery which has some fixes and enhancements to address some of these issues. If it installs okay and finds the recovery partition, make the Dell Backup and Recovery media. In the case of the Studio 1747 it will have a legacy non-UEFI BIOS so the Recovery Bootable USB is recommended (although that models probably modern enough to be able to also boot from an external hard drive). You can use it to restore the hard drive to factory state including the recovery partition. I’ve tested this even after a secure wipe with DBAN. Its advisable to maybe make 2 Bootable USBs as a backup just in case. You should ensure you use the latest version of Dell Backup and Recovery before proceeding.

      I am working on a Dell Backup and Recovery guide now that I have a device that is capable of capturing video within the Dell BIOS, it is still very much incomplete and I need some new Dell hardware with a UEFI BIOS for testing purposes:
      http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/dell-backup-and-recovery/

      However I did make a guide restoring from a System Recovery USB a couple of days ago:
      http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/dell-backup-and-recovery/restoring-from-a-system-recovery-bootable-usb-legacy-bios-windows-7/

      You will see all the screens from the Recovery USB however my particular guide goes through deletion of everything and reverting to the factory state (the image of my clean installation). There are however options to perform the factory refresh instead of the factory recovery.

      I have to admit I have not tested the creation of other partitions using a third party utility or at clean installation or the factory refresh function. As mentioned I need some additional hardware to make a Dell Backup and Recovery Guide that I am satisfied with (and I have got some of this additional hardware). However I also need time and right now I am writing a PhD thesis moreover there should be a major update to Dell Backup and Recovery in March which would automatically make the guide obsolete. By that time I should have all the hardware I need and perhaps some time to do testing and write tutorials.

  10. Thanks for this post, it’s really helpful. However, I can’t seem to download a ISO from the digital river links that are the correct file size, they all end up 2,619,392 KB. How do I get the full image? Thanks

    1. I just spoke to Jan at Heidoc.net theres been some issues with the servers the last few days. Things are beginning to return back to normal but are a bit slow. Try again tomorrow.

  11. My Dell E6410 had the partition disk with = Windows 7 Pro oa Latam (X16-96091)
    I bought it from another person and it had the partition erased.
    Now im running W10 pro Insider preview, instaled over a pirate copy of W7 ultimate.

    I got 2 .iso of windows 7 that i found in the net=

    -X17-58868 (W7 pro latam, 3.175.808 Kb) This is from digital river according to the link and it´s the same version.

    -Win7Prox64SP1-DellOEM (5.488.294 kb) has also “windows loader” in a separete winrar file…
    The size is huge, i found that it has a recovery iso inside, and and “oem” folder

    Will this last version work to get a windows 7 copy activated in my machine or i better install the other .iso

    Most probable that both versions will be pirate?

    1. I created a Windows 7 Professional SP1 .iso from a Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstalaltion DVD with SP1 and it was exactly 5,488,294 KB. I never uploaded my .iso but I’m sure others followed the same procedure.

      I don’t know the size of X16-96091 but X17-59186 was 3,243,070 KB in size.

      It depends on how you define pirate? Is downloading a .iso from an unofficial source to reisntall a genuine license pirate?

      Of course… I don’t recommend unofficial sources…

      1. Oh thanks, looks like that dvd made it to that populatr download system that starts with Tor… 🙂
        I will propably try to use the X17.59186 wich is genuine from digital river and follow your Oem (the one with ABR folders) tutorial to activate it.
        I will wait to see what they do with windows 10, at the moment i will keep testing versions after the 29th of july according to what i read.

  12. X17.59186 .iso worked ok with your guide, now windows is activated and updating. thank´s!

  13. Hi, i have acer laptop which came with preinstalled OEM win 7 Home basic. Now i am using cracked version of windows 8.1. I want to downgrade to win 7 home basic but i dont have any recovery disc and no online download is available can you please help me out on this.
    await your kind reply.

  14. me too same issue..i downloaded dell oem windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1..but after download is completed..i mounted the disc..it is professional edition..not home preimum.. please check and change the link..plzz..i need it urgent…or should i download proffesional?..is it home preimum??..i mean have they been misplaced???..please reply….

    thankss..

    1. Okay I looked into it. The .iso is wrong, I had made a mistake with WinImage and copied from the optical drive when making the USB 3.0 .iso (twice). For this reason both .isos are Windows 7 Pro. My original .isos are correct however.

      I’m working on a new procedure to make an .iso with USB 3.0 inbuilt. I have tested with Windows 7 Professional and it works, I will carry out the same procedure with Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate.

      They will however take some time to upload.

      1. no problem at all philip sir..i will wait for your perfect work to complete..you dont know how much big help you are doing us all..you are simply great..i dont know hw to thank you..i really needed oem win7 dell..and you have made it all available to us..thanks you…philip..

        regards from india..