Free Windows 7 From Microsoft

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Vista was never part of the free upgrade to 10 offer. Windows 7 does not come for free; you have to buy it. Microsoft no longer sells Windows 7; try amazon.com. There was that free offer years ago; long expired. How does the Windows 7 Upgrade Option work? The Windows 7 Upgrade Option is available through participating PC manufacturers on selected PCs and through Microsoft on qualifying purchases of the Windows Vista packaged product.

The Windows 7 Upgrade Option applies to Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate editions. Your Windows 7 upgrade will be to the comparable version: so you'll get either Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional (the upgrade to Windows Vista Business), or Windows 7 Ultimate, respectively.

The Windows 7 Upgrade Option program runs from June 26, 2009 through January 31, 2010. Some Manufacturers may choose to shorten the Upgrade Option time frame. Follow these steps before you buy Windows 7:.

Before you begin

Go to your Computer / Laptop Manufacturer's website and see if Windows 7 Drivers are available for your Make and Model Computer / Laptop. If not available, Windows 7 will not work correctly for you. Run the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor". Check to see if your System Specifications are compatible for Windows 7:.

"Windows 7 system requirements". Windows 7 Upgrade paths:. No, you can't get a free product key. The Microsoft Software Recovery page is for persons who already have an existing license (product key). You might be able to download a copy of Windows from there, but you must provide your own product key. You can find OEM System Builder software from dozens of online merchants.

The current price for OEM Windows 7 Professional at Newegg, for example, is $140. When I checked a few minutes ago, Amazon was offering OEM Windows 7 Professional packages from multiple sellers at prices ranging from $101 to $150.

When I checked just now, a package specifically intended for refurbished PCs cost only $50 for a 64-bit copy. There are no technical limitations to prevent you from using OEM software on your own PC, although this software will work only for a clean installation and not for an upgrade.

In the past, Microsoft has been remarkably inconsistent in its advice to customers about whether this practice is allowed. (See "Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?

Don't ask Microsoft." 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.

Installing Windows 7 SP1 using Windows Update (recommended)

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.

Troubleshoot problems installing Windows SP1

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.

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.

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Note: If SP1 isn’t listed, you might need to install some other updates before installing SP1. Install any important updates and then follow these steps again to check for SP1.

Select Install updates. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice. Follow the instructions to install SP1. After SP1 is installed, sign in to your PC. You might see a notification indicating whether the update was successful.

If you disabled your antivirus software before the installation, make sure you turn it back on. If you’re unable to install SP1 from Windows Update, you can download the installation package from the Microsoft Download Center and then install SP1 manually.

Go to the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 download page on the Microsoft website. Select Install Instructions to see which packages are available for download, and make note of the one that you need. Select the appropriate language from the drop-down list, and then select Download.

Downloading and installing Windows SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center

Select the packages you need to install, select Next, and then follow the instructions to install SP1. Your PC might restart a few times during the installation.

After SP1 is installed, sign in to your PC. You might see a notification indicating whether the update was successful.

If you disabled your antivirus software before the installation, make sure you turn it back on.

If you try to install SP1 and see an error message that the installation wasn’t successful, this might be because there’s a problem with the Windows Servicing Store that is used to install updates or because your antivirus software is preventing the update from being installed.

To try and fix the problem, follow these steps and then try to install SP1 again.

Select the link in the table that corresponds with the version of Windows running on your PC.

Windows version. Link to Microsoft Download Center. Windows 7 32-bit (x86). Windows 7 64-bit (x64). On the Microsoft Download Center page, select your language and then select Download.

It might take a few minutes for the tool to download and install. To install the tool immediately, select Open or Run and then follow the instructions.

To use the tool later, select Save and download the installation files to your PC.