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UpdatedOct 14, 2022, 4:35 pm EST| 7 min read
You can legally tải về the Windows 8 và Windows 10 ISOs directly from Microsoft with the truyền thông Creation Tool. Microsoft no longer offers Windows 7 ISOs for download.
You can reinstall Windows from scratch using the sản phẩm key that came with your PC, but you’ll have lớn find installation truyền thông yourself. Microsoft offers không lấy phí ISO files for downloading; you just have khổng lồ know where khổng lồ look.
There are a few ways to do this, but they’re all on the straight & narrow–you won’t have to lớn visit a shady BitTorrent site to 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 điện thoại tư vấn Microsoft to get them to lớn straighten it out và allow your copy khổng lồ 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 to a Windows machine, the official method for downloading ISOs for Windows 8.1 & 10 is the truyền thông 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 Creation Tool for our example. We’ll just note where anything differs.
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One caveat you should be aware of up front is that you can no longer tải về an ISO for Windows 8–just 8.1. Và the sản phẩm keys are different for Windows 8 & 8.1, so if you have a Windows 8 sản phẩm key, you can’t just use it to lớn install Windows 8.1. Instead, you’ll have khổng lồ install Windows 8, then vì a không lấy phí 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 sản phẩm key in a number of different ways and save it for the future. After that, you should be able to vị a clean installation of Windows 8.1 using the new sản phẩm key và won’t have to lớn worry about installing Windows 8 first và going the tăng cấp route.
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Start by downloading either the Windows 10 truyền thông media Creation Tool or the Windows 8.1 truyền thông media Creation Tool. Once the file has downloaded, just double-click it to start the tool và then click “Yes” to give it permission lớn make changes to lớn your PC. When the tool starts, click “Accept” khổng lồ accept the license terms. Lưu ý that the Windows 8.1 version of the tool does not ask you to lớn accept license terms.
(If you don’t want khổng lồ use the truyền thông Creation Tool and just want to tải về an ISO tệp tin directly, just change your browser’s user agent khổng lồ 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 tệp tin instead of the standard truyền thông media Creation Tool, which only runs on Windows.)
When the tool asks what you want to do, select “Create installation media for another PC” và then click “Next.” The Windows 8.1 version of the tool also does not provide this option; it just defaults to lớn creating installation media for another PC (which is what we want).
The tool will suggest a language, edition, và architecture for Windows based on information about the PC on which the tool is running. If you’re going khổng lồ use the installation truyền thông on that PC, go ahead and just click “Next.” If you’re planning to lớn 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, and 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 khổng lồ 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 home with it, so ensure your selections here match what’s listed on your hàng hóa key.
Next, select whether you want the tool to create a bootable USB flash drive with the installation media, or just create an ISO tệp tin that you can use or burn to 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 khổng lồ 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 lớn 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 và create a disc or just click Finish if you don’t want to make a disc right now.
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Now that you have your new ISO saved, you’re ready to lớn 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 khổng lồ 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 tải về through their site. The only catch is that you’ll need a valid sản phẩm key in order to tải về the file–and OEM keys (like the one that came on a sticker under your laptop) won’t work. If that’s you, proceed lớn the next section.
If you vày have a valid retail key, head lớn the Windows 7 tải về page, enter your hàng hóa key, & click “Verify” to start the download process.
After your hàng hóa key is verified, select the sản phẩm language you want to download 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 tải về links generated by the site are only valid for 24 hours. Of course, you could always come back & 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 lớn a disc. If you want khổng lồ install Windows 7 from a USB drive, the best way is lớn use the Windows 7 USB/DVD tải về Tool to lớn 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 và 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 and 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 tính tiền Third-Party Tool
Microsoft used to lớn 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 lớn push you into using the truyền thông media Creation Tool instead. Enter the Microsoft Windows & Office ISO download Tool. This free 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 & grab the Microsoft Windows và Office ISO tải về Tool. It’s không tính tiền 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 lượt thích to download.
Click the “Select Edition” drop-down menu và then choose the edition you want. Lưu ý that in addition to the regular editions of the product (such as home or Professional), you can also download regions specific editions such as Windows N (which is sold to lớn the European market và does not include multimedia apps lượt thích Media Player & DVD Maker) and Windows K (which is sold to the Korean market).
After you select the edition you want to download, click “Confirm.”
Next, use the drop-down thực đơn that appears to lớn choose the product language you want to tải về and then click the “Confirm” button under the language drop-down menu.
Finally, choose whether to download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the product. Clicking either download button will initiate the download using the ISO tải về tool, so you’ll need to keep it xuất hiện until the tải về finishes. Alternatively, you can use the “Copy Link” buttons lớn the right khổng lồ copy the direct tải về link khổng lồ your clipboard và then download the tệp tin using your browser. Either way, lưu 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 lớn using the Microsoft Windows và Office ISO tải về Tool. Yes, you could accomplish some of this by digging around the TechBench site, but using this clever little utility is quicker & saves a lot of hassle. Plus, for some products, lượt thích Windows 8.1, finding the direct tải về on the site is next lớn impossible.
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Microsoft also provides other software via the TechNet Evaluation Center. For example, you could download a trial version of Windows vps 2012 R2 and enter a legitimate hàng hóa key to lớn get the full version. Just click the “Evaluate Now” header on the site to see what trial versions of software are on offer. You will need lớn sign in with a Microsoft tài khoản before downloading.
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