Legally download a clean Windows 7 ISO directly from Microsoft

With all the recent discussions about the junkware literally infecting new computers it looks like Microsoft is stepping up their game to help Windows 7 users be able to install a clean version of the popular operating system.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

February 26, 2015

1 Min Read
Legally download a clean Windows 7 ISO directly from Microsoft

Update: Our friend Ed Bott has some additional details on limitations with this Windows 7 ISO download option.  Not such as perfect of a solution as it seemed - for OEM versions of Windows 7 especially.

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With all the recent discussions about the junkware literally infecting new computers it looks like Microsoft is stepping up their game to help Windows 7 users be able to install a clean version of the popular operating system.

For several years now PC manufacturers have not been shipping regular Windows installation discs with new computers.  What they do instead is either provide a restoral disk, sometimes a restoral partition and at other times the ability to create a set of restoral disks – using your own disks of course.

It is great to have those and you should make that one of the first things you create after setting up a new system however, they are flawed as well.

These restoral options do not reinstall a clean version of Windows rather they put Windows back on the system along with all the junk the system originally had installed on it at the time you purchased it.

Kind of defeats the purpose of doing a clean install or restoral.

Well now, if you have your Windows 7 license key, you can visit the Microsoft Software Recovery website and in just three steps download an installable version of Windows 7.

Now you can say farewell to all the junk on your PC and get a spiffy clean version of Windows 7 installed.

Source: Lifehacker via NeoWin

 

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Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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