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How to Download Windows 7 Directly from Microsoft

written by: Keith Ramsamooj•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 2/10/2010

Find out how to download Windows 7 from Microsoft and get immediate access for burning a DVD Image or installing to a USB drive for computers without a physical DVD Drive.

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    Benefits of Downloading Windows 7

    There are many reasons why you would want to download Windows 7. If you purchase Windows 7 from an online retailer, you would have to wait for the product to be shipped to you, which only delays the process of getting started with Windows 7. Downloading Windows 7 gives you immediate access to a copy of Windows 7 so you can get started on the upgrade or installation process. If you have a netbook or a computer that does not have a DVD-ROM drive, downloading Windows 7 is the solution that will get you up and running on Microsoft's newest operating system. Read on to find out how to download Windows 7 from Microsoft.

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    Step 1 - Go to the Windows 7 Product Page

    Windows 7 Product Page To get started, you will need to go to the Windows 7 product page. You must then decide whether you need the upgrade or full version of Windows 7. Once you have decided between the upgrade and full version, you must then decide which version of Windows 7 you would like to purchase. Currently, you can purchase Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate. The details of each version of Windows 7 is listed on the product to assist you if you are having trouble figuring out which version is right for you. Once you have made your decision, click the "Buy Now" button to continue with the process.

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    Step 2 - Decide your Download Options

    Windows 7 Store Page Once you have clicked the "Buy Now" button, you will be sent to a page where you can select your delivery options. There are 3 options that are available: Download, Download + Backup Disc, and Ship It. We will ignore the "Ship It" option as we are concentrating on how to download Windows 7. The two remaining options are "Download" and "Download + Backup Disc." To simply have just the download of Windows 7, select the "Download" option. If, however, you would like to have a backup disc that Microsoft will ship to you, in addition to immediate access to the download, select the "Download + Backup Disc" option. Note that if you select the "Download + Backup Disc" option, you will be charged an additional $14.95 to cover processing and shipping costs. Once you have made your selection, click the "Add to Cart" button to continue.

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    Step 3 - Confirm your Options

    Windows 7 Shopping Cart Page Once you click the "Add to Cart" button, you will be sent to a page where you can confirm your options. It is a good idea to review these options to ensure you have made all the right selections. On this page, you can also find Microsoft recommendations for products or accessories you might need for Windows 7. Once you are satisfied and you have confirmed your order is accurate, you can click the "Checkout now" button to finish the ordering process.

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    Downloading Windows 7 Directly from MicrosoftMicrosoft has made it possible to download and install Windows 7 from an online source, so you can upgrade to the new operating system at any time. Learn more about this process, including what you will need to get Windows 7 set up on your computer right away.
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    Step 4 - Billing, Confirmation, and Receipt

    Windows 7 Checkout Page After you have clicked the "Checkout now" button, you are then directed to a page where you can fill in your billing information. Microsoft requires your name, address, and phone number for verification against the credit card you will be using to place your order. You will then be asked to enter your payment information. Once you have entered your credit card number, you must enter an email address so your receipt or any other relevant information can be sent to you. After you have filled out all the required information, you can click the "Next" button to confirm your details. Once you have confirmed everything is accurate, you can submit your details and your credit card will then be charged. If successful, you will get a receipt of your purchase, along with instructions for a download link to download Windows 7 to your hard drive. Simply click this link and your download will begin. The downloading process will take a while, even if you are on a high-speed connection, because the file size of the download is large.

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    Downloading Windows 7 can save you time and is a convenience offered by Microsoft in order to get consumers using Windows 7 as quickly as possible. Microsoft provides consumers with an easy way of getting a copy of Windows 7 in addition to having a genuine copy of Windows 7 with a valid product key. Microsoft manages this information for you so if you ever need to reinstall Windows 7, you no longer have to hunt down the product key from the packaging or find the Windows 7 product disc (you can re-download Windows 7 at any time if you need to reinstall Windows 7).

    By following these steps on how to download Windows 7, you can obtain a copy of Windows 7 in a fraction of the time it would take you to purchase it from a retailer and have it shipped to you. Once you have downloaded your copy of Windows 7, you can choose to burn the copy to DVD media or install it to a USB drive if you don't have access to a DVD burner. Regardless of which way you choose, you can be sure that downloading Windows 7 directly from Microsoft is the quickest way to get you up and running in the world of Windows 7.