Beginning this month (February 2015) Microsoft has discontinued access to Windows 7 ISO Image file, which was earlier available through Digital River. Now the users won’t be able to download Windows 7 ISO image using the same method. However, as always there is a work around for this as well. Here is how to download Windows 7 ISO image file using your genuine product key.
Microsoft has opted for this methods to stop the piracy of its Windows 7 OS. Now by allowing the users to download Windows 7 ISO using their Genuine product key, Microsoft can make sure that only the genuine user are having access to Windows 7 ISO file.
How to Download Windows 7 ISO using Genuine Product Key
Microsoft has recently implemented a serial key check. Now the users who have genuine Windows 7 key can download the ISO file for the same. Here is how you can use it to download Windows 7 ISO image file. Follow these steps to know how to download Windows 7 ISO file using your product key.
Step 1: Find your Genuine product key
First thing you need is your Windows 7 Genuine product key or activation key. You can make use of any free utility like Magic Jellybean Keyfinder or Belarc Advisor to find the activation key of your PC. I have already covered detailed tutorial on how to find Windows 7 and Windows 8 activation key using Belarc Advisor. Once you have found your product key, proceed with step 2.
Step 2: Verify your Product key On Microsoft website
Now, head over to this Software Recovery page on Microsoft website. Enter the 25 character product key in the given field. Next, select the product language. Once done, click on Verify Product Key button and wait till the page verifies your Product Key.
Once your Product Key is verified, you will be able to download Windows ISO image. However, do note that the file will be of 2GB in size, hence make sure that you use any download manger for downloading it, as it can be resumed if any interrupt occurs during the downloading process.