The Ultimate Guide for Windows 7 Download, USB/DVD Bootable Media Creation, Installation, Activation, and Troubleshooting

The Ultimate Guide for Windows 7 Download, USB/DVD Bootable Media Creation, Installation, Activation, and Troubleshooting

The end of an era: Microsoft ceased to support Windows 7 on 14 January 2020. So if you’re still running the decade-old operating system you won’t be getting any more updates, bug fixes, and so forth.
In this article, we will try to help you to solve all major issues that discontinuation of the OS brings, so you will be able to keep using your favorite Operating System.

The best tool in our opinion to download genuine Microsoft ISOs is Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool from HeiDoc.net.
This tool allows an easy and comfortable way to download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers, as well as Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, Expression Studio, and Office for Mac.
In the past, Microsoft provided disk images for many of their products through their subcontractor “Digital River”. These downloads were pulled in early 2014. Afterward, Microsoft made a limited selection of downloads available on their TechBench site. This tool is based on TechBench and makes a range of hidden products available for download.

You can download it here.

Instructions:
After download install the tool (if installation is needed) and run it.

As you see the interface of the tool is very easy to use and all the procedures to download the ISO you want are very easy.

Download the Right Windows 7 ISO:
Select Windows 7 (August 2018) on the right section.

Windows 7 (August 2018) Instructions:
After selecting the Windows 7 (August 2018) the following screen will appear.


First select your edition Windows Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate. 
Notice that there are two available options per Edition 64-Bit and 32-Bit.
The recommended edition is 64-Bit.
*Kindly Note that some very old CPUs are 32-Bit so you will have to download the 32-Bit Version. Nowadays is very rare to find a 32-Bit CPU.


Select the Product Language. (Only English Language is available).


After selecting the proper Edition and Language press the Download Button.

A popup window will appear asking you where you want to save the ISO file. Select a location on HDD and Press Save.

The Download Speed depends on your Internet Speed. Faster Speed = Faster Downloads.

You are ready to proceed to the next step of creating the USB/DVD Bootable Media.

Have you bought Windows and found out that your laptop has no DVD drive? Do not panic, it is not a problem!
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool created directly by Microsoft can create a bootable USB or DVD from an ISO file. This tool is easy to use and everyone will manage it. To create the bootable USB drive, you will need a computer with an Internet connection to download the ISO file which will be then copied onto the USB or DVD  with the help of Microsoft Tool.

Download The Tool
The first step is to download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Once installed, run the tool and in the first step select the location of the ISO file you have downloaded on the previous Guide – Downloading Windows 7.
Download Here (Microsoft Tool)

Alternative Tool and Instructions: (AnyBurn)
https://www.anyburn.com/tutorials/setup-windows7-from-usb-drive.htm

Recommended Tool and Instructions:(Rufus)
Download here Rufus

USB/DVD Media Selection
In the second step choose either the USB Device or the DVD.

Plugin a USB Thumb Drive or DVD
Here, you have to select either the USB drive or the DVD, onto which you want the files to be copied.

Press the Begin Copying
Now, all you have to do is wait until the copying is finished. The procedure takes a few minutes.


If the copying was successful, you can exit the program and restart your computer. If the installation does not run automatically, you will have to set the Boot Priority to the USB Device in BIOS.

Setting Up the Device Boot Priority
Take out your Windows 7 USB and insert it into the computer to where you want to install the system. If the installation does not run automatically, it is necessary to restart your computer and, in some cases, set up a booting priority in the BIOS. You can get into BIOS by pressing the Del, F2, or F12 button immediately after restarting the computer, you should be able to see what key to press immediately after your computer restarts. The BIOS version is based on your motherboard and the booting priority is usually found under the Boot option, some manufactures might have their own BIOS environment so please, take the following image
simply as illustrative.

Navigate to boot and change your First Boot device to a USB / Removable device. Change the booting priority
and confirm the changes by choosing Save and Exit (F10).


Kindly notice that there are many different BIOS. Please refer to your Laptop or Motherboard Manual for more details about your BIOS or contact us via live chat to assist you.

Installing Windows is simple and everyone can manage it in no time. It only takes a few minutes. In this guide, we will show you how to install your Windows 7 step-by-step. 

System Requirements:

Before you start installing your Windows 7, it is recommended that you check your hardware setup and find out if it corresponds to the recommended system requirements by Microsoft. The Windows 7 minimum system requirements are as follows:
♦ 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor;
♦ 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit);
♦ 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
♦ DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
If you are upgrading a previous version of Microsoft Windows to Windows 7, the application Upgrade Advisor can provide you with all recommendations and requirements before the upgrade.
Download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

BOOTING YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM USING A DVD
Take out your Windows 7 DVD and insert it into the computer (if your computer does not have a DVD drive, please read the USB installation guide). If the installation does not run automatically, it is necessary to restart your computer and, in some cases, set up a booting priority in the BIOS (press the Delete, F2, or F12 button immediately after restarting the computer) so that your DVD drive is at the top of the list (Pic. 1). The BIOS version is based on your motherboard and the booting priority is usually found under the Boot option. Change the booting priority and confirm the changes by clicking the Exit & Save changes.


Pic. 1 BIOS booting setup

If the DVD booting setup was successful, the Windows 7 installation should run automatically after restarting the computer (see Pic. 2).

Pic. 2 Windows 7 installation loading screen

LANGUAGE SETTING OPTION
The first step is choosing a language, time format, currency, and keyboard layout. Choose your language setting in the first step (Pic. 3). This setting will carry on onto the next steps (Pic. 4), so all you need to do is click Next.


Pic. 3 Choose your language

 
LICENSE TERMS ACCEPTANCE
In the next step you have to click on Install now (Pic. 4) and then the license terms must be accepted by ticking the “I accept the license terms” checkbox. Then just click Next to proceed.
Pic. 4 Installation
Pic. 5 Accepting the license terms
 
WHICH TYPE OF INSTALLATION?
If you already have a previous version of Windows installed on your computer, the installation process will offer you a Windows 7 Upgrade option (Pic. 6). In this case, we recommend choosing the Custom option and perform a complete reinstall. Before doing so, it is important to back up all important files and documents because all data will be deleted. You can use, for example, the Cobian backup application for performing a backup. If you are installing Windows on a computer without an operating system, this option will not be available.
Pic. 6 Installation type option Windows 7 Installation Guide
 
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO INSTALL WINDOWS?
If you are installing Windows 7 on a computer with a previous Windows version, an allocated drive will be created for the installation (Pic. 7). Click this drive and click on Drive options (advanced), then click on Remove. Once you remove disks, a Disk 0 Unallocated space will remain (Pic. 8). If you do not want to divide your disk into several drives, click Next.
Warning! If you have several disks or allocated spaces in your computer, from which one is reserved for system files and others are for your files and documents which you want to keep, remove only the one which is reserved for the system files and click Next.

Pic. 7 Disks

Pic. 8 Disk format option
 
SYSTEM INSTALLATION
The next step is the actual installation, which includes copying of the files, installation of the features, and updates (Pic. 9). This step takes the most time but should not take longer than 20 minutes.

Pic. 9 Windows installation

SYSTEM RESTART
When the installation files are copied and features and updates installed, the computer will restart automatically and the installation will be completed (Pic. 10).
Pic. 10 Completing installation

USER SETTING
In the next two steps, you will choose your user name (which you will use for your Windows login. A computer name will be generated for you and can be changed according to your requirements. Clicking Next will take you to set up your password (Pic. 11). Choose your password, retype the password in the second line and type a password hint, to help you remember your password in case you forget it.
Pic. 11 User name selection
 
Pic. 12 Enter Product Key (Optional). If for any reason you get an error you can skip this step.
 
HELP PROTECT AND IMPROVE WINDOWS AUTOMATICALLY
This step lets you choose the protection and automatic update options (Pic. 13). We recommend using the Recommended settings.
Pic. 13 Protection and automatic update options

TIME AND DATE
In this step (Pic. 14) check if the time and date are correct and click Next.
Pic. 14 Time and date
 
NETWORK SETUP
If you are connected to a network, the Choose a network type window will pop up (Pic. 15). Choose the network type and click Next.
Pic. 15 Network type
 
FINISHING THE INSTALLATION
Welcome! The installation process is complete. Just wait until your desktop is prepared.
Pic. 16 Welcome
 
System Activation:
Your installed Windows 7 must be activated within 3 days after the first login into the system. Do not forget about the activation! If the operating system is not activated, a warning message will pop up saying that the software is illegal.
Take these steps to activate your Windows 7:
♦ Open Windows Activation by clicking the Start button, right-click Computer, go to Properties, then click Activate Windows now.
♦ If Windows detects an internet connection, click Activate Windows online now. Administrator permission is required.
♦ If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
♦ Type your Windows 7 product key when prompted, click Next, then follow the instructions.
Congratulations, your Windows 7 is fully activated!

*If you encounter any issues during the activation procedure either refer to the troubleshooting section or contact us.

Most Common Issues and Solutions:

Since Microsoft decided to discontinue Windows 7 on 14 January 2020, Windows 7 are considered an unsafe operating system. So, it’s recommended to use a good Firewall, Antivirus, and one Tool that will install all the missing updates to your system. That will ensure that your OS will remain secure and stable.
Kindly notice that the most common Activation Errors come from missing or conflicting updates.


Example of the Windows Updates Issue.

WSUS Offline Update is one of the best options to install missing updates to your Microsoft Windows 7.
You can download the Tool from the official page: (Notice that the latest version that is compatible with Windows 7 is ESR Version 11.9.1. If you click on the link below, it will download the 11.9.1 ESR Version).
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

How to install missing updates with WSUS Offline Update Tool.
Download WSUS Offline Update Tool compressed file and uncompress it to your Desktop or another location on your hard disk convenient for you.
Run the UpdateGenerator executable file as administrator. (Right Click It and select Run as Administrator).



Select the Legacy Windows from the Tabs.
Check the following:

And press the Start button. (You can select to create an ISO image or USB medium to store the updates for future use or install them on another computer.)

A CMD Windows will appear, and it will start to download the updates.

It will take from several minutes up to several hours to install all the updates.

When it finishes downloading all the updates, CMD will close automatically, and a popup window will appear that will ask if you want to check the log file for possible warnings now.
Select Yes if you want to check about warnings and errors.


Return to the program folder and navigate to the client folder.

 Run the UpdateInstaller executable file as admin.


Select the checked options above. (optionally select the Update Remote Desktop Client) and press the Start button.

A new CMD window will appear and will start installing the updates.

The system will automatically reboot several times to install the updates.
Important: As long as you see the CMD open, IGNORE and POSTPONE all prompts Restart – Reboot.
When it finishes installing the updates, the system will reboot itself automatically.
Don’t Perform any other tasks as long as you see the CMD window installing updates. 
Some updates may take minutes to install. So be patient and wait for it to finish and reboot itself.

After several reboots, Windows will start without opening a CMD Window.
You can now safely navigate to updates and security and manually install the remaining updates.

After installing and the remaining important and optional updates, you will see the following screen with the message Windows is up to date.


Numerous reasons cause Online Activation to fail. For example, an issue with the OS files itself, Updates Conflict, Viruses, and Malware. In most cases, a clean installation of your Windows 7 will fix the issue, but if you don’t want to lose your programs and files.

How to perform Phone Activation:
First, you have to open CMD as administrator.
To do this, click the start button and type cmd, right-click to it and select Run as an Administrator.

The following window will appear:

Here you can type or copy-paste the following commands:
1). To uninstall the previously installed key:

slmgr.vbs /upk

A confirmation popup window will appear after a few seconds with the following message.


Run the following command to replace the product key, replacing #####-#####-#####-#####-##### with the product key. The command will check the product key you enter to ensure it’s valid before using it.

slmgr.vbs /ipk #####-#####-#####-#####-#####


Invalid Key


Legit Valid Key (Please notice that all keys delivered to you come with validity proof).

To start the phone activation, use the following command.

slui 4

A popup window will appear.
Select your Location and click Next.
A window with the Installation ID will appear.

Please call the number that appears on your screen to get the Confirmation ID.
Alternative Options:
You can use the Microsoft Website to get the Confirmation ID:
Microsoft Site


Kindly note that the site link must be refreshed daily by us, so if you have any issue contact us to give you the updated link or perform the activation for you.
You can contact us via the live chat option on our website.  You have to provide your order number and a screenshot of the Installation ID, and we will send you the Confirmation ID in a minute.
We recommended doing the same if you encounter any issue with getting the confirmation ID. We will solve the issue in a minute.

Instructions on how to use Microsoft Site:
First, you have to select the number of Digits 6 or 7. In the specific case, our installation ID has 9 groups of 6 Digits Numbers. So, you select 6 Digits.
A new page will load that will request you to enter your installation ID.

From the window with the Installation ID, you have to type each group to the corresponding cell. 
Please make sure you don’t have any typos and press Submit.
If you get a message about how many PCs you installed the key, you should select 1 and click Submit.
After that, you will get your Confirmation ID.

You have to enter the Confirmation ID at the window that gave you the installation ID.

Click the Next button, and Windows will Activate.

This article provides a solution to an issue where users may receive the Windows Activation or “Windows is not genuine” notifications starting at or after 10:00 UTC, January 8, 2019.

Original product version:   Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Original KB number:   4487266

On January 9, 2019, we reverted a change that was made to Microsoft Activation and Validation servers. For devices that continue to report activation and “not genuine” notifications, you should remove KB 971033 by following the steps below.

Symptoms:
1). You receive a Windows is not Genuine error message after you log on.
2). This copy of windows is not a genuine watermark that appears in the bottom-right corner of the Windows desktop on a black background.
3). The slmgr /dlv output reports error 0xC004F200.
4). Online Activation Fails with an error message.
5). Windows is running within the non-genuine notification period. Run ‘slui.exe’ to go online and validate Windows.

Cause:
A recent update to the Microsoft Activation and Validation unintentionally caused a “not genuine” error on Windows 7 clients that had KB971033 installed. The change was introduced at 10:00:00 UTC on January 8, 2019, and was reverted at 4:30:00 UTC on January 9, 2019.
We strongly recommend that you uninstall KB971033 from all Windows 7-based devices. This includes devices that are not currently affected by the issue that is mentioned in the Symptoms section.

Resolution:
Open the Installed Updates item in Control Panel (Control Panel > Windows Update > View update history > Installed Updates), and then look for Update for Microsoft Windows (KB971033) in the list.

Run the following command in a Command Prompt window as an administrator, and then look for “Microsoft-Windows-Security-WindowsActivationTechnologies-package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~7.1.7600.16395” in the results:
dism /online /get-packages

Run the following command at a command prompt, and then look in the results for an indication that KB 971033 is installed:
wmic qfe where HotFixID=”KB971033″

Run the following command in Windows PowerShell, and then look in the results for an indication that KB 971033 is installed:
Get-Hotfix -id KB971033

Run the following command in a Command Prompt window as administrator:
wusa /uninstall /kb:971033

Run the following command in a Command Prompt window as administrator:
dism /online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Microsoft-Windows-Security-WindowsActivationTechnologies-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~7.1.7600.16395

After KB 971033 is uninstalled, or after it no longer appears as installed, rebuild the activation-related files and then reactivate the system by running the following commands in a Command Prompt window as administrator:
net stop sppuinotify
sc config sppuinotify start= disabled
net stop sppsvc
del %windir%\system32\7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-5P-0.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0 /ah
del %windir%\system32\7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-5P-1.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0 /ah
del %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\tokens.dat
del %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\cache\cache.dat
net start sppsvc
cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 11111-111111-11111-11111-11111
cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato
sc config sppuinotify start= demand

Note: In the first cscript command, replace 11111-111111-11111-11111-11111 with the actual key.