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You can legally tải về the Windows 8 & Windows 10 ISOs directly from Microsoft with the truyền thông media Creation Tool. Microsoft no longer offers Windows 7 ISOs for download.
You can reinstall Windows from scratch using the product key that came with your PC, but you’ll have lớn find installation media yourself. Microsoft offers không lấy phí ISO files for downloading; you just have khổng lồ know where to lớn look.
There are a few ways to vị this, but they’re all on the straight & narrow–you won’t have to visit a shady BitTorrent site lớn download ISOs that may be filled with malware. Instead, you get official installation media straight from Microsoft.Note: Depending on the OEM version of Windows that you are running, you might run into an issue using the OEM key with a retail version of Windows. If it won’t activate, you can always install and then call Microsoft to get them lớn straighten it out và allow your copy lớn activate. The most important thing is that you have a valid license key.
Download the Windows 10 or 8.1 ISO Using the media Creation Tool
If you’ve got access lớn a Windows machine, the official method for downloading ISOs for Windows 8.1 và 10 is the media Creation Tool. The process for using the tool is largely the same for both versions of Windows, so we’ll be using the Windows 10 truyền thông media Creation Tool for our example. We’ll just cảnh báo where anything differs.
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One caveat you should be aware of up front is that you can no longer download an ISO for Windows 8–just 8.1. & the sản phẩm keys are different for Windows 8 and 8.1, so if you have a Windows 8 product key, you can’t just use it khổng lồ install Windows 8.1. Instead, you’ll have to install Windows 8, then bởi vì a free upgrade to 8.1. After you bởi vì the upgrade, Windows will assign the new sản phẩm key khổng lồ the installation. You can find that hàng hóa key in a number of different ways và save it for the future. After that, you should be able to vị a clean installation of Windows 8.1 using the new hàng hóa key và won’t have khổng lồ worry about installing Windows 8 first và going the upgrade route.
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Start by downloading either the Windows 10 media Creation Tool or the Windows 8.1 media Creation Tool. Once the tệp tin has downloaded, just double-click it to lớn start the tool và then click “Yes” to lớn give it permission to make changes lớn your PC. When the tool starts, click “Accept” khổng lồ accept the license terms. Cảnh báo that the Windows 8.1 version of the tool does not ask you to accept license terms.
(If you don’t want to lớn use the truyền thông Creation Tool và just want to tải về an ISO file directly, just change your browser’s user agent lớn a non-Windows browser lượt thích Apple Safari on máy tính bảng ipad while you’re viewing the tải về page. Microsoft will offer you a direct tải về of the Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 ISO file instead of the standard truyền thông Creation Tool, which only runs on Windows.)
When the tool asks what you want to do, select “Create installation media for another PC” & then click “Next.” The Windows 8.1 version of the tool also does not provide this option; it just defaults khổng lồ creating installation truyền thông for another PC (which is what we want).
The tool will suggest a language, edition, & architecture for Windows based on information about the PC on which the tool is running. If you’re going lớn use the installation media on that PC, go ahead và just click “Next.” If you’re planning khổng lồ install it on a different PC, clear the “Use recommended options for this PC” kiểm tra box, select options that are more appropriate for the license you have, & then click “Next.” Note that if you’re using the 8.1 version of the tool, you actually start with this screen. The tool also won’t recommend options; you have lớn select them yourself.
Remember, your license will only work with the correct version of Windows–if your license is for 64-bit Windows 10 Pro, you can’t install 32-bit Windows 10 trang chủ with it, so ensure your selections here match what’s listed on your sản phẩm key.
Next, select whether you want the tool lớn create a bootable USB flash drive with the installation media, or just create an ISO file that you can use or burn lớn a DVD later. We’re going with the ISO file in this example, but the process is much the same either way. If you go with the USB option, you’ll need to lớn provide a USB drive with at least 3 GB of space. Also, the USB drive will be formatted during the process, so make sure there’s nothing on it you need. Select the option you want and then click “Next.”
Choose a place khổng lồ save the finished ISO file (or point the tool toward the right USB drive if that’s the option you chose).
At this point, the media Creation Tool will begin downloading the files and assembling your ISO, which can take a fair bit of time depending on your internet connection. When it’s finished, you can click “Open DVD Burner” if you want to go ahead & create a disc or just click Finish if you don’t want khổng lồ make a disc right now.
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Now that you have your new ISO saved, you’re ready to make use of it however you see fit. You could go ahead & perform a clean installation of Windows (which technically you don’t even need a sản phẩm key lớn do), use the ISO to lớn create a virtual machine, or just save it for when you need it down the road.
Download the Windows 7 SP1 ISO Directly From Microsoft’s Website
Microsoft makes the Windows 7 SP1 ISO available for direct download through their site. The only catch is that you’ll need a valid sản phẩm key in order to download the file–and OEM keys (like the one that came on a sticker under your laptop) won’t work. If that’s you, proceed khổng lồ the next section.
If you vì have a valid retail key, head khổng lồ the Windows 7 tải về page, enter your product key, & click “Verify” khổng lồ start the download process.
After your product key is verified, select the product language you want to tải về and then click “Confirm.”
Next, choose whether you want the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7. When you click whichever version you want, the download will begin. Note that download links generated by the site are only valid for 24 hours. Of course, you could always come back và walk through the verification & selection process again to lớn generate new links.
After downloading the ISO file, you can burn it to lớn a DVD by right-clicking it in Windows Explorer & selecting “Burn disc image” to burn it to a disc. If you want to install Windows 7 from a USB drive, the best way is khổng lồ use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download Tool khổng lồ put that ISO file onto a USB drive.
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The downloaded ISO you’ll get from Microsoft includes Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. When you install Windows 7, you can avoid the hassle of downloading & installing the hundreds of updates that came out after SP1 by installing the Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup. Even better, why not take a little extra time và slipstream the Convenience Rollup right into your Windows 7 ISO? That way, whenever you install Windows 7 in the future, you’ll have one ISO with all the updates (at least up through May 2016) already included.
Download Any Windows or Office ISO Using a không lấy phí Third-Party Tool
Microsoft used khổng lồ make all these ISOs available through a site called Digital River, but it doesn’t anymore. Instead, they’re stored on its TechBench site. The ISOs can be hard to find, though, & for versions of Windows other than the most current, the site tries really hard to push you into using the media Creation Tool instead. Enter the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO tải về Tool. This không tính phí utility provides a simple interface that lets you select the version of Windows you want, then downloads an ISO for that version straight from Microsoft’s tải về servers. This includes various builds of the Windows 10 Insider Preview. You can also use the tool to tải về ISOs for certain versions of Microsoft Office.
First, head over to HeiDoc.net and grab the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO download Tool. It’s free and it’s a portable tool, so there’s no installation. Just launch the executable file. In the main window, choose the version of Windows or Office you’d like to download.
Click the “Select Edition” drop-down menu và then choose the edition you want. Cảnh báo that in addition to the regular editions of the product (such as trang chủ or Professional), you can also download regions specific editions such as Windows N (which is sold to the European market & does not include multimedia apps like Media Player và DVD Maker) & Windows K (which is sold khổng lồ the Korean market).
After you select the edition you want to download, click “Confirm.”
Next, use the drop-down thực đơn that appears khổng lồ choose the sản phẩm language you want to tải về and then click the “Confirm” button under the language drop-down menu.
Finally, choose whether to tải về the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the product. Clicking either tải về button will initiate the tải về using the ISO tải về tool, so you’ll need khổng lồ keep it mở cửa until the tải về finishes. Alternatively, you can use the “Copy Link” buttons lớn the right to lớn copy the direct tải về link lớn your clipboard & then tải về the tệp tin using your browser. Either way, chú ý that most link generated by the tool are only valid for 24 hours, though you can always come back và generate new links.
And that’s all there is to using the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO download Tool. Yes, you could accomplish some of this by digging around the TechBench site, but using this clever little utility is quicker và saves a lot of hassle. Plus, for some products, lượt thích Windows 8.1, finding the direct download on the site is next lớn impossible.
Microsoft also provides other software via the TechNet Evaluation Center. For example, you could tải về a trial version of Windows vps 2012 R2 and enter a legitimate hàng hóa key to get the full version. Just click the “Evaluate Now” header on the site khổng lồ see what trial versions of software are on offer. You will need khổng lồ sign in with a Microsoft account before downloading.
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