How to download legal copies of Windows 7 for free

Ahoy matey, me scallywaggin’  son of a biscuit eating landlubber!  You like thar sweet trade don’t ye?  Yo-ho-ho-ho-ho!

No, no no this has nothing to do with “thar sweet trade” of software piracy so if you thought I was about to condone it then you should look elsewhere you squiffy!

Alright, alright I’m done with the pirate talk, I couldn’t help it.

In this post I’m going to show you how to download legal copies of Windows 7 directly from Microsoft’s e-commerce outsourcing company, Digital River.

There are no tricks here but there is one major caveat.

You will need a legitimate product key to activate the software.

When you purchase Windows 7, you’re really paying for the rights to use the software.  The product key is essentially your proof of purchase so Microsoft doesn’t seem to mind giving away the digital copies of Windows 7 gratis.

Microsoft has made the DVD images generally available via a cloud hosted copy of the ISOs.  Pick your language and burn the ISO to a DVD or USB Drive.

Here are the full retail copies of Windows 7 that include the service pack 1 (SP1) update:

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