Download Windows 7

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You don't say what type of License you have. The only legal Windows 7 download available is now from Microsoft, as Microsoft has stopped DigitalRiver Windows 7 ISO downloads. But Microsoft only provides these downloads for Windows 7 Retail Product Keys, not OEM preinstalled Product Keys (Dell, HP, etc).

If you have a Retail Windows 7 License and are having troubles at the above website, contact Microsoft using the Support option there. If you have a preinstalled OEM License (Dell, HP, etc), contact your Computer Manufacturer to order Recovery Media which they should supply for a small cost, IF they still have them available (which is highly doubtful)..

Or you can also borrow the exact same Retail Windows 7 Edition DVD and use your Product Key to reinstall.

The COA sticker with the Product Key is either on the underside of the Laptop or in the Battery Compartment. With a Desktop it is either on the side, rear or top of the Computer Case. Make your older computer run faster and more efficiently with a download of Windows 7 that lets you easily upgrade your operating system.

Installing Windows 7 SP1 using Windows Update (recommended)

Microsoft has released multiple versions of Windows over the years and constantly tries to improve the way each OS works. Though the company later offered Windows 8, 8.1 and even 10, you may find that your older computer cannot support one of those newer versions.

  • Windows 7 comes with some of the features you'll find on newer operating systems but will work well when installed on older devices.
  • Windows 7 is a strong alternative to Vista and lacks some of the common problems found with that OS. It features an upgrade adviser that will run a quick check on your system that lets you know whether it will work with your computer.
  • You'll also have access to an easy transfer feature that is great for those who upgraded from Windows XP.
  • It will retain copies of all your files and programs and transfer all that information over when the new OS goes into effect.
  • The newer OS keeps some of the features that users loved about Vista but upgrades those features to the next level.
  • The start menu on the bottom up on the bottom left of the screen lets you quick turn your computer on and off, access your settings and restart your computer.
  • It also kept some of the themes and backgrounds you can choose from and retained some gadgets from the previous OS.
  • One thing you'll notice when using this OS is that you now have better versions of classic apps like WordPad. WordPad now lets you save your notes in different formats for viewing with other software.
  • A new version of Paint lets you create and edit your own artwork and even edit photos from your computer. It also comes with a newer version of Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer.
  • IE 8 now lets you open and view multiple tabs without slowing down your computer and alerts you of potentially dangerous websites.
  • With Windows Media Player, you can now listen to CDs and watch DVDs from your computer with ease.

Though Windows 7 improves on Vista, it looks too much like that old OS and comes with too many of the same features. It won't work on some computers either, and you may find that a newer version of Windows will work on your computer. Upgrade adviser lets you know whether you can upgrade to this version. Easy transfer will transfer files you used in XP. Comes with new and improved versions of your favorite apps.

Helps your computer run faster and more smoothly. Suitable for use on many older computers that support Windows. Too similar to the last version of Windows.

Troubleshoot problems installing Windows SP1

May require that you download plugins to use some features. Does not work on all computers. Newer versions of Windows are currently available.

Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. We recommend you move to a Windows 11 PC to continue to receive security updates from Microsoft.

  • The recommended (and easiest) way to get SP1 is to turn on automatic updating in Windows Update in Control Panel and wait for Windows 7 to notify you that SP1 is ready to install.
  • It takes about 30 minutes to install, and you'll need to restart your computer about halfway through the installation. To check if Windows 7 SP1 is already installed on your PC, select the Start button, right-click Computer, and then select Properties.
  • If Service Pack 1 is listed under Windows edition, SP1 is already installed on your PC. You’ll need to know if your PC is running a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 7.
  • Select the Start button, right-click Computer, and then select Properties. The version of Windows 7 is displayed next to System type.
  • Check to make sure your PC has enough free disk space to install SP1. Installation method. Estimated amount of free disk space needed.
  • x86-based (32-bit): 750 MB. x64-based (64-bit): 1050 MB. Downloading SP1 from the Microsoft website. x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB.
  • x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB. It’s a good idea to back up your important files, photos, and videos to an external hard disk, USB flash drive, or the cloud before installing the update.

Before you begin

Make sure your PC is plugged in to power and you’re connected to the Internet. Some antivirus software might prevent SP1 from installing or slow down the installation.

  • You can temporarily disable your antivirus software before the installation.
  • If you do so, make sure you’re aware of the risks that might be involved and re-enable the antivirus software as soon as SP1 is done installing.
  • If your PC is set to automatically install updates, you’ll be prompted by Windows Update to install SP1.
  • Follow the instructions to install the update. To manually install SP1 from Windows Update:.
  • Select the Start button > All programs > Windows Update.

In the left pane, select Check for updates. If any important updates are found, select the link to view available updates.

  • In the list of updates, select Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB976932) and then select OK.