How to Download Windows 7 Officially and Legally

Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7, but several users are still crazy about the once-popular OS. After its launch, Microsoft released Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and even Windows 11, but Windows 7 still holds the top position as the most favored OS for many. So, if you still want to download Windows 7 officially and legally, follow our tutorial below. We have added official download links for Windows 7 ISO images, and all of them are legal and legitimate. On that note, let’s go ahead and find working links for Windows 7.

Download Windows 7 ISO Officially from Microsoft (2024)

Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 back in 2020, and thereafter, it stopped offering the option to download Windows 7 ISOs. Although it was allowing users to download Windows 7 ISO files from its recovery page until 2021, that option has also been removed now. Thankfully, some official download links are still active, and you can use them to download the ISO files. The links are directly from Microsoft’s servers and are absolutely legitimate. We checked the links on VirusTotal, and none of the security vendors flagged it. Check out the test result right here.

Note: Since Windows 7 has reached End-of-Life, we don’t recommend using Windows 7 for day-to-day tasks. If you want to use Windows 7 for some special dated software, you can use it but do so sparingly. But we would suggest using Windows 10/ 11, and you can run older software on Windows 10/11 using the tutorial linked here.

For your information, the Windows 7 ISOs are available for both 32-bit and 64-bit PCs and are available in English (US) language. You can legally get Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SPI1) ISOs for Home Premium, Ultimate, and Professional editions. With all that said, let’s now move to the download links.

1. Click on the direct links below to download the Windows 7 ISO image on your PC.

  • Download Windows 7 Home Premium ISO Image (SP1): 32-bit | 64-bit
  • Download Windows 7 Ultimate ISO Image (SP1): 32-bit | 64-bit
  • Download Windows 7 Professional ISO Image (SP1): 32-bit | 64-bit


While the official Windows 7 ISO files were available to download via Microsoft’s servers at the time of writing this article, the company has since removed the files. Therefore, the links above display the ‘404 – File or directory not found’ error. This was the best way to legally download Windows 7, but not anymore. That said, we will update this guide if we come across any other legal way to download Windows 7.

2. The file size is around 3.8GB for 32-bit images and 5.5GB for 64-bit images.

Download Windows 7 ISO Officially and Legally From Microsoft's Server (2023)

3. Once downloaded, you can use Rufus to create a bootable USB for Windows 7 on your PC. For those unaware, Windows 7 supports both GPT and MBR partition styles. If you are dual-booting Windows 7 with another OS, then remember to select GPT, which is a modern standard and supports UEFI mode as well. On older computers, choose “MBR”.

4. To test the Windows 7 OS image, I installed it on my computer and it went fine without any errors. So go ahead and check out the Windows 7 ISO image and install it on your PC for your special use case.

Install and Run Windows 7 on Your PC

So this is how you can download and install Windows 7 officially and legally in 2023. I have only provided working links from Microsoft’s server, and as I tested it, they are completely legitimate. Anyway, that’s pretty much it. If you want to download Windows 11 ISO officially, follow our linked guide for a detailed tutorial. And to find a list of the best Windows 11 apps, follow our curated article. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.

Comments 12
  • surya says:

    windows 7 lena hai

    • Amitash says:

      It is actually possible by pasting that URL in It is a huge web archive. It has archived the official site and the official ISO as well.

  • K. Boivin says:

    Great article about how it used to be possible. WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS ?

    • Anmol says:

      Boivin, the links existed and worked perfectly fine at the time of writing the article. But Microsoft seems to have taken note and removed Windows 7 ISOs from its servers. We have updated the article to reflect the same.

  • Robbie says:

    404 – File or directory not found.
    somebody can help me and why

  • Karstein Eriksen says:

    The 64bit ultimate does not work!

  • Will says:

    Links are unavaible :/

  • Muhammad Zahid Jannat says:

    Microsoft still stop updating the new features in windows 7

  • Rajan says:

    I followed the instructions correctly. But a few seconds after the installation process started, a message popped up saying “Important drivers are missing… Please insert the media containing the drivers…”
    Had to abort after a few futile attempts.

  • Ray says:

    Great information. But not very helpful if it cannot be legally activated. How do you propose to do that?

    • Arjun Sha says:

      It can be activated with a Windows license.

      • me says:

        no it can’t be activated with a windows license!!

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