Everything MSDN has to offer for Windows 7

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  1. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    The site says:

    Update: Digital River seem to have done a major clearing of files on their server, and disabled one download domain fully, and one domain partly. Most of the download links are therefore not working. Some of the downloads in the range of X15 and X16 are still working. The X17 range however is probably gone for good. For now, you can download X15 and X16 files by try and error method. But we'll be back with an updated list of what's still working very soon.
     
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  2. steven4554

    steven4554 MDL Expert

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    Hopefully it's just temporary, and those Win7 links will be back up. Then again maybe MS ordered Digital River to remove the links, cause they want everyone to move to 8.1.
     
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  3. red1991dragon

    red1991dragon MDL Novice

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    thank you man :worthy::worthy:

    i just got a question , what is the Win 7 Pro VL ?? is it the same as Win 7 Pro ?
     
  4. Carlos Detweiller

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    The only difference between non-VL and VL is the embedded GVLK for the VL version.
     
  5. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    The digital river links for windows 7 are presumably gone for sometime or even for good. Might Office be next. It would be wise to download before it goes too.
     
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  6. AlexAlba

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    download and make sfv patches
     
  7. Palladin

    Palladin MDL Senior Member

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    #27 Palladin, Feb 1, 2014
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    Alternate Windows 7 download site

    Most of the DigitalRiver links are no longer working, but I ran across this link, from all places, Microsoft that is still working because I just download the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate. :biggrin:

    No telling how long it will be active, though.

    Hmm, seems that I can't post links yet :(

    But you should be able to find the link if you search the Microsoft Technet site (social.technet.microsoft) for any of these versions. The link to the page should be the first hit in the search.

    They even show how to make a bootable ISO using ImgBurn.

    And if you do find the site, check out the title. In big bold letters.... "Download" is misspelled.

    Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit: X17-58996.iso
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit: X17-58997.iso

    Windows 7 Professional 32Bit: X17-59183.iso
    Windows 7 Professional 64Bit: X17-59186.iso

    Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit: X17-59463.iso
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit: X17-59465.iso
     
  8. EFA11

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  9. steven4554

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    I just tested the links, and all of them work again:yeah: Maybe Digital River were just sorting out their servers.
     
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  11. Carlos Detweiller

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  12. Palladin

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    #32 Palladin, Feb 2, 2014
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    FWIW, after I downloaded the 32-bit version of Ultimate, I figured I might as well download the 64-bit version of Ultimate from the Windows 7 Downloard Backupzzz Site.

    I noticed something odd. The file sizes of the both the Ultimate 32/64-bit version from the Windows 7 Downloard Backupzzz Site were exactly the same as the Professional 32/64 bit versions that I download from the Digital River as posted over at heidoc.net. Both 32 bit versions were 2,564,476,928 bytes, and the 64 bit versions were 3,320,903,680 bytes. I didn't check the hash values to see if they matched.

    I decided to try a little experiment to satisfy my curiosity. I made a boot DVD using ImgBurn of the Professional 32 bit version I got from Heidoc.net. I applied both the eicfg-removal, and the cversion.ini patch and booted from the DVD. I had already installed a copy of Windows 7 Professional 32-bit on a spare hard disk. After the Installation ran, sure enough I got the prompt to select the version I wanted. I chose Ultimate, and then I chose Upgrade. It barked at me and told me that I had to be running Windows before I could upgrade. So I started Windows 7 Pro from the hard drive, put the DVD in and ran setup. It barked at me again, and told me I cannot upgrade the same version of windows, Professional 7 to Ultimate 7. Fooey.

    Then I formatted the hard drive that had Win 7 Pro on it and then went to re-install Win 7 Ultimate. Just like the last time I got the prompt to install Starter/Basic/Professiona/Ultimate, and I chose Ultimate. The installation completed without a hitch, and after 100 or so Windows Updates, Win 7 Ultimate is up and running.

    On thing that was different between Ultimate and Professional, is that you can Re-arm Professional 3 times for a 120 day eval, but Ultimate's re-arm only extends it to 3 days. (??) But Daz Loader solved that problem. :biggrin:

    It looks like you don't need to download Starter/Basic/Premium/Ultimate versions. Seems like one will do all of them after you apply the eicfg, and cversion patches to the stock iso. You would however, need to download either the 32/64 bit version for whatever your system supports.

    Along the journey I discovered that if you format the drive as on large C: then Windows will install the 100 meg boot partition. NBD but it looks goofy. You can see that it doesn't ever get created by partitioning the hard drive in advance so the Boot Drive C: is say, 60GB and make D: whatever is left. Then Windows will install everything in the 60GB C: boot drive and the 100 meg mystery partition will never be created.

    One of the other things that bothered me was whether you could image a drive with Daz Loader installed. I'm pleased to report that you can. After I got everything set up, I imaged the boot partition with Acronis. Then formatted the drive, and restored the boot partition and started it up. With fingers crossed, Windows 7 came right up, and showed as authentic, and validated.

    Just as an aside, at the beginning of January, I didn't know squat about any of this. But after reading the posts by Tito, Daz, Urie, CaptainKirk and others I'm beginning to get a handle on how all this stuff works.

    A big thanks to all you guys, your efforts are appreciated. :clap3:
     
  13. urie

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    @ Palladin, you never did need to download different versions if you just removed the or edited ei.cfg file, But some members do want to have original untouched for their collections.
     
  14. acyuta

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    Like me though I can see the reason not to. What is additional 3GB storage anyway these days. I downloaded all the iso long back and they still remain.
     
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  15. Palladin

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    #35 Palladin, Feb 2, 2014
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    You are correct, it is unnecessary, but last night I found out exactly now unnecessary it really is. I extracted all the files in both of the iso's (Ultimate and Professional) and did a directory listing of both.

    Windows 7 Ultimate - 32-bit
    877 File(s) 2,582,383,753 bytes
    605 Dir(s) 431,300,870,144 bytes free

    Windows 7 Professional - 32-Bit
    877 File(s) 2,582,383,757 bytes
    605 Dir(s) 431,300,870,144 bytes free

    Hmm, 4 bytes more in Professional than Ultimate. So I decide to find out just exactly where it was. I imported both the directory listings into Excel, did a bit of formatting, discarded everything but the files names, and the file sizes. What I discovered was that Microsoft has been running the biggest scam in the history of mankind. Every file size and file name are exactly the same in both versions with the exception of one.

    The only one that is different between the versions is ei.cfg located in the Sources sub-directory.

    File Size = 51 bytes
    [EditionID]
    Ultimate <--8 letters
    [Channel]
    Retail
    [VL]
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    File Size = 55 Bytes
    [EditionID]
    Professional <--12 letters
    [Channel]
    Retail
    [VL]
    0

    And that's the only difference between the Ultimate and Professional versions. Seems Microsoft learned something from it's early years with IBM who was know to do this with hardware, and it was referred to as the Golden Screwdriver.

    Attached is an .csv file that can be imported into Excel or your program of choice. My first attempt at attaching a file, so here goes.

    View attachment win-7-pro-ultimate-file-comparison.zip
     
  16. dareckibmw

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    #36 dareckibmw, Mar 7, 2014
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    May I request?

    Windows 7 Ultimate N with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (Polish)

    This media refresh includes the installation hotfix described in KB Article 2534111

    I can't find this image anywhere.

    File Name: pl_windows_7_ultimate_n_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677610.iso
    Languages: Polish
    SHA1: BA6478657E8F57C60881B1BFE71B558E03D0E11C

    Thanks in advance ;)
     
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  17. sandy-bridge

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    Could you please upload them to a site that doesn't have a download quota, like mega.co.nz? It's almost impossible to download X17-58997. Thanks.
     
  18. EFA11

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    #38 EFA11, Feb 19, 2015
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 English
    Code:
    6c9058389c1e2e5122b7c933275f963edf1c07b9 *X17-58997.ISO   
    6c9058389c1e2e5122b7c933275f963edf1c07b9 *EN_WINDOWS_7_HOME_PREMIUM_WITH_SP1_X64_DVD_U_676549.ISO
    google the second name
     
  19. sandy-bridge

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    #39 sandy-bridge, Feb 19, 2015
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    Do you know how to find out those second names? I'm actually interested in Win7 Enterprise with SP1-U, I just gave the X17-58997 as an example, as that one is most likely downloaded most frequently.
     
  20. Aninvitedsoul

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    #40 Aninvitedsoul, Feb 19, 2015
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