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Lost Windows 7 Disc – What To Do?

Charles from MA. writes:

My HD crashed and I lost win 7 replacement discs. Is there any generic version of Win7 I can use? Thank You – Charlie

Microsoft is aware that many people are in the same boat with Windows 7 and may have lost (or never received) an installation disk. Thankfully, if you have access to a friend’s PC and a blank DVD you can burn a new copy of a Windows 7 installation┬ádisk by downloading the ISO image of the disk and burning it using an ISO burning program. I would recommend CDBurnerXP [1] if you’re creating the disk in Windows XP/Vista, or if you have Windows 7 you can right click the ISO file and use the Windows ISO Burner, which is built into Windows 7.

You can download the ISO files below. I would recommend reinstalling the 64bit version, unless you’re using specific (older) software you know will only work on 32bit versions of Windows 7.

Keep in mind, however, that you will still need your activation key for Windows 7, which is usually found on the side or rear panel on a sticker like the one pictured below. It may also be in the original literature you received with your computer and say Windows 7 key code or Windows 7 product key.

Hope this helps!