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Microsoft consumers willing to get Windows 7 genuine license can buy it from Microsoft Store online. After purchasing, Microsoft sends the consumer Windows 7 product key and Windows 7 ESD (Electronic Software Distribution) download link. The user can use the download link to download Windows 7 installation files through the ESD channel. Earlier, we shared download links of Windows 7 setup files which are available via ESD. The problem is you will get the setup files in “box” format, consisting of an executable (.exe) file followed by two files, namely, setup1.box and setup2.box. After downloading it, you cannot directly burn the files to a DVD, or mount it to a virtual drive, or create a bootable USB to install Windows 7. Follow the instructions published at how to create a bootable Windows 7 DVD ISO image article. Microsoft also provided Windows 7 ISO (the disk image of retail Windows 7 DVD media) image to its customers for download. Sounds like a good option for many who wants to keep a backup Windows 7 copy. But the problem is those links were dynamic. Which means the link changes every time you try to download. Thus it was completely of no use for many Windows 7 consumers.

After Microsoft made Windows 7 available through online partner stores such as Amazon, Digital River, etc. the scenario changed. Consumer who brought Windows 7 product key from these stores they received a direct download link of Windows 7 ISO disk image. After the links got leaked on the Internet, every Windows user were able to download official Windows 7 ISO easily. Another good thing is, users who were trying to get an ISO image from shady websites and torrents, can now be safe knowing that the download is an official Windows 7 retail ISO image. Here, you will find the leaked download links to download a retail ISO image for backup purposes.

windows7logoUsers can buy Windows 7 genuine licenses online now. After which Windows 7 is delivered to the registered user through Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) channel entirely via Internet. The user can than download the Windows 7 installation files from the online store from which they have purchased Windows 7.

We have seen before, that the download of Windows 7 setup files available via ESD are in a “box” format, consisted of an executable (.exe) file, setup1.box and setup2.box (available both in 32-bit Windows 7 installation files and 64-bit Windows 7 installation files), which cannot be burned to a DVD disk directly or mount to any virtual drive. Though there is a way to create a bootable Windows 7 DVD ISO image from these downloaded Windows 7 installation files.

Customers who buy Windows 7 online via Digital River or other online stores, receives the delivery of Windows 7 installation file through Electronic Software Distribution (ESD). User who only wants to download Windows 7 installation files via official and verified source and not from torrent sites can choose to download the ESD files instead.

Normally, Windows 7 setup installer downloaded via ESD channel lets you upgrade using a license key or product key. Hence you will not find an ISO for burning to DVD or USB flash drive. The official direct download links for Windows 7 operating system distributed via ESD channel got leaked on the Internet. The installation files of Windows 7 hosted on the server on domain msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net owned by Digital River.