Need to download Windows 7 Recovery Disk Image?
Updated June 28th 2012
On October 4th 2011 Google received a copyright complaint from Microsoft and responded by removing 998 websites from their search results (including this page). You can read it here.
I’ve now updated this page and removed the links to the free Windows 7 Recovery disc images which I provided and instead I’m going to give you information (free speech and all that) on ways you can get these images either free or by paying.
Everything you see below with strikethrough applied is no longer valid.
Beyond that you’ll see a few options to help you get what you need. Hope this helps.
These freely downloadable ISO files may be used to create your own bootable disc which will allow you access to the Windows 7 or Vista System Recovery Options menu including the Command Prompt (aka Recovery Console) without the need for an actual original Windows 7 or Vista installation disc.
Previously I discussed three ways to get into the System Recovery Options menu in Windows 7 and Vista. These downloads are required for option three and requires you to then create your own bootable disc.
This is necessary due to the fact that a lot of PC manufacturers now ship PCs without an original disc and instead store the software on the hard disk in a hidden partition.
Below, you can download the required ISO files for Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit in multiple zip files.
Tip: If you need instructions on how to create a bootable disc from an ISO image file then follow the article how to Create A Bootable Disc From an ISO Image
This download is provided free and without any guarantee that it will solve your problems. You may however use it as you wish and distribute it freely to your friends and colleagues if it’s of some use.
How to Get Windows 7 ISO Recovery Disc Images
Option 1: Download Free From Torrent Sites
Since Microsoft forced Google to take down all websites which you could download the images for free the only way now is by using torrent sites.
This may or may not be illegal – you have been warned. As a hint, it’s typically illegal in most countries to download a windows 7 recovery disc image.
People argue that they own Windows 7, they got it with their PC so why the hell can’t they download the image!
A word of warning – these sites regularly carry malware and other malicious software. Be careful!
I can suggest a few starting places:
Option 2: Ask Your Friend
Yes, it’s damn illegal to rip an ISO image from a copy of yer mate’s Windows 7 DVD but it’s very possible and it’s you’re liable, not me! Remember copying tapes in the eighties? Feel guilty?
Option 3: Buy A Pre-made DVD Cheaply (roughly $10)
I’ve provided direct links to get the Windows 7 and Vista Repair Discs DVD about as cheaply as possible.
- Get Windows 7 Repair Disc 32-bit
- Get Windows 7 Repair Disc 64-bit
- Get Windows Vista Recovery Disc 32-bit
- Get Windows Vista Recovery Disc 64-bit
Option 4: Create Your Own Recovery Media From Your Hard Disk
Most PC makers will give you a way to make your own bootable recovery CD or DVD right from your own hard disk.
If you can’t boot, perhaps you’ve two identical PC’s or a friends PC and can use the other one to make the CD.
I’ve listed links to main manufacturers instructions below:
Option 5: Buy The Legally Downloadable Version ($20 – $40 depending on version)
A company called Neosmart cracked a deal with Microsoft to provide the discs fully licensed to sell for 10 bucks.
Do you have any other suggestions on getting these for free?
Let me know below.