Download Windows 7 SP1 Commercial OEM and Retail .iso

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

The Windows 7 SP1 .isos from Microsoft’s Techbench are unbranded and can hence be used with any Windows 7 OEM or Retail License. The ABR cert files are available for most OEMs allowing you to utilised OEM System Locked Preinstallation (Offline BIOS based Product Activation).

For Dell Systems updated Dell Windows 7 Reinstallation with PSP2 April 2016 Media Refresh .isos are recommended. These updated images are recommended for use in a Dell system as they have increased driver support and automatically apply Dell OEM System Locked Preinstallation. Details how to Update the Microsoft Commercial OEM or Microsoft Retail .isos will be given at the end of this guide.

The Free Upgrade to Windows 10 RS2

Microsoft are keen for you to Upgrade to Windows 10. The Upgrade is Free and you may directly Clean Install Windows 10 RS2 (version 1703) or later:


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



There are 4 types of Windows 7 License that this guide covers:

  • Windows 7 Major Partner OEM
  • Windows 7 Commercial OEM
  • Windows 7 Retail Upgrade Only
  • Windows 7 Retail Full

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. It is a cheaper Windows License that is sold to system builders to preinstall on a Device and then to sell on to their End Customer. Support for the Windows OS comes primarily from the OEM system builder and the caveat of this is the system builder can only support their own hardware as a consequence the Windows OEM License is forever tied to the systems motherboard.

Examples of Microsoft’s Major Partner OEMs are Dell, Alienware, Lenovo (including IBM), HP (including Compaq), ASUS, Acer (including Gateway, Packard Bell and eMachines), Samsung and Sony essentially vendors of all the Windows Devices you see on the high street market. Commercial OEMs may be local computer shops or companies who make low volume specialised hardware e.g. scientific instruments or medical devices.

The Microsoft’s Major OEM license is the most abundant type of Windows license as it comes preinstalled with most consumer and business computers. Unfortunately it is usually the most poorly covered license in most other Windows Installation Guides due to complications brought about by Microsoft regarding installation media. Microsoft expected Major OEMs to support it but forced a media reduction policy preventing OEMs from shipping physical installation media and also didn’t allow OEMs to provide download links for many years… My set of guides focus primarily on this license type, detailing some necessary unofficial workarounds and as a consequence are now at 9 million views… My guides also cover the Retail Licenses in some detail, specifically mentioning notes about the Retail Upgrade Only License and related problems associated with it due to the “Upgrade Only” restrictions made by Microsoft and lack of Downloadable Installation Media of Earlier Windows Versions to Upgrade from. “Upgrade Only” is a major flaw which these guides have flagged up for many years and a thing Microsoft abolished with Windows 10 TH2 (version 1511) and later.

You will also see the option to Download N Editions of Windows 7.

You may be thinking what is a European Commission N Edition?

Essentially some Eurocrat decided it’s anti-competitive (ironic) for Microsoft to prebundle media features within Microsoft Windows so with some red tape forced Microsoft to duplicate almost all the Editions of Windows again… Like many of the European Commission policies (such as the infamously annoying Browser Choice Update) these Editions are extremely unpopular even in European Countries. This annoyance essentially created more unnecessary Windows 7 Editions resulting in end-user confusion. As these Editions are extremely rare. OEM SLP mentioned in more detail later has not been tested with N Editions. #BREXIT #EUseless #RuleBritannia

The instructions in this guide are not tested with other strange editions such as the North Korean K or KN Editions.

Windows 7 SP1 – Retail and Commercial OEM Download Links

Windows 7 Retail and Commercial OEM can be Downloaded from Microsoft’s Techbench. Unfortunately they broke the Techbench website last minute and it now asks for a Product Key… This would be fine if it worked correctly however…

For most product keys you will get the following error message:

“Error The product key you’ve entered appears to be for software which was pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options.”


With some keys you may get this error message:

“The product key you’ve entered appears to be for software which was licensed through an Enterprise Agreement. Please contact the Volume Licensing Service License Centre for Software Recovery Options or visit the Licensing Home Page for more information on Enterprise Agreements.”


If you are lucky! you may even get this error message:

“We encountered a problem processing your request. Please try again later.”


And if you are very lucky! Your key may actually work and give you the wrong language to download! Here is an English key bought in the UK:


To overcome this nuisance one can use Jan Krohn’s Microsoft Windows and Office .iso Downloader Tool. This is a utility that essentially fixes the flawed user interface allowing the generation of proper download links without the need to input your product key. These Download Links are to untouched .iso files stored on Microsoft’s servers.

Windows iso Downloader Tool

One still has to have an eligible key for Product Activation or an eligible system with a BIOS certified by their OEM to run Windows 7.

Note the commercial OEM .isos directly downloaded from Microsoft do not apply automatic offline BIOS based OEM System Locked Preinstallation. This can be applied for Dell, Alienware, Lenovo (including IBM), HP (including Compaq), ASUS, Acer (including Gateway, eMachines and Packard Bell), Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, MSI and Fujitsu systems using the ABR program discussed later.

One should Create a Bootable USB using Rufus with these .isos.

Windows Update for Windows 7 has been broken for several months and you will waste many hours searching for Updates. Use the WSUS Offline Update to fully patch Windows 7 after installation. Windows Update will work after WSUS Offline Update has fully updated the Windows 7 Installation.

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 file sizes are the same for all Editions of Commercial and Retail .isos (excluding European Commission N Editions) as the installation media is identical. The only file that differs from Edition to Edition is a small EI.cfg file found within the sources folder of the .iso (see Deleting the EI.cfg file at the End of this guide for more details).

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:


Select #:


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

Retail .isos

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

Creating a Bootable USB

You will require a 16 GB USB Flash Drive for the Windows 7 64 Bit .isos and a 8-16 GB USB for the Windows 7 32 Bit .isos. A DVD is not suitable as it is too small.

Once you have the .iso and Rufus downloaded, launch Rufus:


Select yes at the user account control prompt.


The order in which you use Rufus is very important…


To the top select your USB Device, it must be 8-16 GB.


Next although its at the bottom you must load the .iso:


Select the .iso you wish to make a Bootable USB from and select open:


It is recommended to install Windows 7 64 Bit using a UEFI Boot if your computer has a UEFI BIOS (a SMBIOS of 2.7 or later). For more details including instructions on how to check your SMBIOS see Unified Extensive Firmware Interface (UEFI). If using Windows 7 32 Bit or an older PC with a Legacy BIOS (a SMBIOS of 24, 2.5 and most systems with a SMBIOS of 2.6) you will need to use a Legacy Boot.

Select either the “GPT partition scheme for UEFI” or “the MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI-CSM”.


In most cases if you select the Partition Scheme and Target System Type as “GPT partition scheme for UEFI” the File System should be automatically selected as “FAT32”.

If you select the Partition Scheme and Target System Type as “MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS of UEFI-CSM” the File System should be automatically selected as “NTFS” if not amend it.



Once you have the settings ready select Start:


Select Ok to acknowledge that you are going to format the USB flash drive:


Rufus will now make the installation media.


Once its completed the task, the progress bar will be full and it will say Ready below it. You can now close Rufus. You have your Windows 7 Installation USB prepared:


Additional Notes for a UEFI BIOS

As hardware advances newer drivers are needed in order for Windows to recognise and utilise input devices and recognise the storage controller to copy Windows Installation Files to the HDD/SSD and Later Load Windows. Microsoft have been way behind the times and failed to update their Windows 7 Installation Media in accordance to Intel Hardware. If one tries to use outdated installation media on a modern system the mouse and keyboard may not be responsive on the first screen because no USB 3.0 drivers are present:


If one manages to get by this screen by use of a USB 2.0 port or Laptop Touchpad/Keyboard (or have USB 3.0 drivers included in their installation media). They may reach an additional hurdle and get the following error message due to the lack of SATA preinstallation drivers meaning the Windows setup cannot access the HDD/SSD during installation:


“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.”

Note: This error message also occurs if the installation .iso downloaded is incomplete or the Bootable USB made is corrupted. Note on checking the .iso checksums are present in my installation guides to reduce the chances of this.

Note if you have a UEFI BIOS you’ll likely need to incorporate USB 3.0 drivers otherwise your Windows 7 installation will fail. To do so see my basic guide on the Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility or my advanced guide which outlines the Slipsteam of the Convenience Rollup (Pseudo Service Pack 2), Internet Explorer 11, NVM express and USB 3.0 support. The advanced guide works better (but is a bit more complicated). You may also need to prepare SATA Preinstallation Drivers. To do so see my guide Downloading, Preparing and Loading SATA Preinstallation drivers.

Notes on OEM System Locked Preinstallation

Windows 7 can be activated with using OEM System Locked Preinstallation (OEM SLP) if the system has a valid System License Internal Code (SLIC). For more details on the SLIC see my UEFI/BIOS guide. OEM SLP should be applied post installation – to apply OEM SLP see Applying OEM System Locked Preinstallation.

Delete the EI.cfg file

The ei.cfg can be deleted when the Bootable USB is made which will allow installation of all Editions of Windows 7 or alternatively Windows 7 N for a Corresponding Architecture.

Open up the USB in Windows Explorer go to the sources folder and look for ei.cfg and delete it.

When you install Windows 7 you will be prompted to select your version and you can now choose starter or Home Basic if you have used the 32 Bit .iso.





Deletion of this file will allow for Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic if you used the 32 Bit .iso.


Its advised to install Windows 7 without a Product Key to initiate a 30 Day Trial Install and then to reapply Dell OEM System Locked Preinstallation using the Activation Backup and Recovery Program.

Install Windows 7

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

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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:

      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:
      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

      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):

  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 are the only hope on 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

    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!


    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:

      However I did make a guide restoring from a System Recovery USB a couple of days ago:

      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 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.