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.