Windows 7 was first released on 22nd October 2009. It has since been superseded by Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and Windows 11, and the support for Windows 7 ended in 2020. However, even in this day and age, some people still prefer using Windows 7 for their daily tasks. It can be because they are now used to it, or for any other testing purposes.
Windows 7 ISO images are available for everyone to download. Microsoft makes the ISO files available so that users can download and clean install/update Windows without any problems.
An ISO is a single file containing all Windows installation media. The ISO file can be burned on a USB drive or a DVD drive to make it bootable. You can also extract the contents of the ISO file and install Windows from extracted files. But this limits your ability to clean install the operating system. You will only be able to install the OS without formatting the primary C drive.
Continue below to download the different editions in different bit architectures of Windows 7.
Table of contents
- Microsoft Windows 7 Download
- Create Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive
- Install Windows 7 using ISO Image file
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Microsoft Windows 7 Download
Windows 7 can now be downloaded using only one method, which is the direct download links. Previously, it could also be downloaded from Microsoft’s download page and some third-party software, but that has been removed since the operating system is no longer supported.
Windows 7 can be downloaded in different editions and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture:
- Home Basic
- Home Premium
- Professional for Embedded Systems
- Ultimate for Embedded Systems
You can download these editions using the given methods below.
Windows 7 Home Premium
Download Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit ISO [English] (3.0 GiB, 893 hits)
Download Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit ISO [English] (2.3 GiB, 739 hits)
Windows 7 Professional
Download Windows 7 Pro with SP1 64-bit ISO [English] (3.0 GiB, 849 hits)
Download Windows 7 Pro With SP1 32-bit ISO [English] (2.3 GiB, 708 hits)
Windows 7 Ultimate
Download Windows 7 Ultimate With SP1 64-bit ISO [English] (3.0 GiB, 911 hits)
Download Windows 7 Ultimate With SP1 32-bit ISO [English] (2.3 GiB, 763 hits)
Once downloaded, you can then use these images to perform a clean Windows 7 installation.
Create Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive
Creating a bootable device out of an ISO image is relatively easy. You can create a bootable USB drive as well as a DVD. However, we suggest that you create a USB drive as it is more convenient.
You can use Rufus or Ventoy to create a bootable USB flash drive using the ISO image that you have downloaded for Windows 7 in the section above. Note that unlike Windows 10 and 11, one ISO image for Windows 7 only contains one edition, therefore select your Windows 7 edition before downloading the ISO.
Learn how to create a multi-boot USB flash drive with multiple ISO files using Ventoy.
Let us show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 7:
To begin, plug in your USB flash drive (at least 8GB) to your computer and make sure that all your data on the USB is backed up since it requires formatting where all previous data is lost.
Now, download Rufus from their website and install it on your computer. Alternatively, you can also download the portable version which does not need any installation.
Once downloaded, run Rufus. Select the USB flash drive from the drop-down menu under Device. Then, click Select under Boot selection and navigate to the downloaded Windows 7 ISO file. Leave the rest of the settings to their default values and click Start.
Your Windows 7 bootable USB drive will now be in the making. This step may take a few minutes. Once it is finished, Ready will be displayed with a green bar. You may then close the app.
Your bootable drive is now ready and you may proceed to the installation phase using the guide given below.
Install Windows 7 using ISO Image file
Now that you have created a bootable drive using the ISO file, you can now begin installing Windows 7. Here is how:
Connect the Windows 7 bootable USB drive to the computer you want to install it on. Then turn on/reboot the computer and open its One Time Boot Menu (Usually through the F12, F10, or Esc button).
From there, select “External USB drive” to boot from the bootable USB.
You will now see a menu such as the one below. Click Next.
Now click Install Now.
In the next window, check the box to accept the license agreement and click Next.
You will now be asked if you want to upgrade your existing operating system or perform a custom installation. Since this is a clean and fresh Windows 7 installation, we will select Custom.
Next, you need to create the partitions on your hard drive. Once done, select the volume you wish to install the operating system on and click Next.
Windows 7 will now begin installing on your device. This step may take a few minutes and your device may reboot a few times.
Further ahead in the process, you will be asked to configure your PC through several Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) screens. Proceed with the on-screen instructions, configure your PC, and you will have successfully installed Windows 7.
Once it finishes, you will be logged into your user account. You can now begin installing the relevant software and customizing it according to your liking.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does Microsoft still provide Windows 7 ISOs?
Since Windows 7 has been decommissioned, Microsoft no longer provides ISO images for it. However, you can download them from archives and the download links given in this post.
When did Windows 7 support end?
The mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on 13th January 2015. However, the extended support was carried out till 14th January 2020.