Things have changed but Windows 7 downloads are still available just in a different place with different instructions.
As much as I hate outdated information popping up in search results, I have left the old instructions here in case you already have the ISO files downloaded and need to put them on a DVD.
Before you begin
- Make sure you have:
- Your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). Learn more.
- An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
- Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
- A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
Windows 7 Downloads are still available.
Download the appropriate Windows 7 .ISO file which includes Service Pack 1
(Note: must match what your product key version is for)
Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58996.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso
Windows 7 Professional 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59183.iso
Windows 7 Professional 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso
These are not branded recovery disks, but the OEM version. You may need drivers for your system and application that were installed by the manufacturer won’t be included. You will also need your COA. (Certificate of Authenticity sticker)
How to find out if I have a 32 or 64Bit version of Windows installed on my computer:
After downloading the correct .iso file use ImgBurn or Gear ISO to create a bootable DVD.
Create a Bootable Windows 7 DVD using the .ISO file
Burning a Windows 7 ISO File on a DVD
ImgBurn – In addition to supporting the creation of Cds/DVDs from .ISO files,
it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it’s free.
(BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG, PDI and ISO)
Screen shots to help you use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=screenshots
Burning ISO Images with ImgBurn article: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning+ISO+Images+with+ImgBurn
(The steps are the same for Windows 7 or Windows 8), except you are not creating a Repair disc but a full installation DVD)
Note: Always use high quality DVD+R media and the slowest burn speed (4x or 6x) if offered a choice.