Tip: Download Windows 7 and 8.1 ISOs

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 with 56 Comments

I’m not sure when this happened, but Microsoft now has ISO downloads available for Windows 7 and 8.1, and not just Windows 10.

This was a problem in the past: After I publicized the old method for downloading Windows 7 and 8.1 ISOs via Digital River, Microsoft removed them for some reason. And since then, it has only offered Windows 10 ISOs—and then only for the very latest Windows 10 version—from its download website.

Well, that’s changed. You can now download ISO files for Microsoft’s other supported Windows versions from the Microsoft Software Download site too. Here are the links:

You must first enter a valid 25-digit product key before you can get a Windows 7 or 8.1 product key. That seems fair to me.

(If you’re not familiar, a Windows ISO is a file-based version of a Windows Setup disk. You can copy one to USB or DVD disc to install Windows that way. Or just mount the ISO (in Windows 8 or newer) to use it like a virtual disk.)

Anyway, thanks to Rafael Rivera for pointing out these downloads.


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