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If you have a Windows 7 system and ever need a full installation disk for some repair function, you are likely to be out of luck. Nowadays, most PCs only come with a restore or recovery partition or sometimes a restore disk.

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However, neither of these provides a full installation but only returns a system to the same setup that it was in when you bought it. This is often not what you are looking for. Here is how to get a legitimate free copy of an ISO file for a Windows 7 full installation disk from the download service that Microsoft uses for online Windows 7 purchases. Note that while the disk file is free you still need a valid product key to activate any installation.

Microsoft itself does not provide Windows 7 downloads for the general public but the company uses DigitalRiver for online downloads. Download links for all popular English language versions of Windows 7 can be found. These are large ISO files containing a number of GB so be prepared for a long download. Once downloaded, the ISO can be burnt to a DVD or placed on a USB. These versions are updated to SP1. Although these are full Windows installation files, be aware that they may not contain all the drivers necessary for your particular system.

According to what I read at Microsoft sites, these disks are the same as those sold online by the Microsoft store and installations can be activated with a valid product key that you already have. I have activated copies on virtual machines and everything worked. For repair purposes, a product key is not necessary and one of these disks is a worthwhile addition to your emergency disks along with the one described in. And there you have it - something to help make it easier to maintain your Windows 7 system.

How to Reset Windows 7 Password without Reset Disk. Follow wizard to reset windows 7 password with reset disk. While you have another available admin account, also you can choose it to sign in computer. After successfully burning, you will create a password recovery disk for Windows 7 password reset.

Update: Microsoft has now taken down the Digital River links for Windows 7 downloads. An alternative is given at this link. Get your own favorite tip published! Know a neat tech tip or trick?

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So.if I find the correct.iso for my win7x64 (hm prem) burn that to a dvd or cd use that to boot to then use my System Image I have created I should be back in business if all goes well, am I on the right track here? I have an HP desktop and want to avoid all the bloatware and hassle of having to reconfig my pc to OEM (I changed the HDD to SSD and gfx card and RAM sticks) my hp recovery discs wont work unless I revert back to that set up.BTDT. Just trying to find a hassle free way to if needed to get it back to now.