Starting February 2015, Microsoft has finally discontinued to provide the ISO images of Windows 7 as free downloads to the public via Digital River.
This was expected as Microsoft had already pulled the plug on Windows 7 and now the software giant is preparing to move its users to a much better and secure operating systems such as Windows 8 and windows 10.
Fortunately Microsoft has not completely stopped providing ISO images of Windows 7, If you have a genuine Windows 7 key, you will still be able to download a ISO image of windows 7 directly from Microsoft.
Microsoft has just ensured to implement a serial key check in order to stop freeloaders from getting the Windows 7 ISO for free, who often use illegal methods to turn it into a full version for free.
For those who have a genuine Windows 7 key, here’s how you can use it to download a Windows 7 ISO for free. Alternatively, if your Windows PC came installed with genuine Windows 7, you can use a free program like Magic Jellybean Keyfinder to view your key.
Head over to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery and enter your genuine windows 7 product key and choose a language.
Note: You might have problem verifying OEM Windows 7 keys. If you face any problems contact Microsoft directly or your OEM key provider.
Wait for a few seconds for your key to be verified and you will be able to download a ISO image of Windows 7. Since the ISO image will be more than 2GB in size, it is recommended to use a Download manager to download it successfully. Once you’ve downloaded the ISO images, you can then use Rufus to create a bootable Windows 7 ISO and proceed with installing Windows 7 on your PC.