Sites to buy Windows 7
Although it has "disappeared" from the official Microsoft store and the vast majority of physical stores, Windows 7 is still on sale. Just turn to the online store of third parties, which offer the possibility to purchase Windows 7 both in "boxed" version (therefore with package and operating system installation DVD) and in ESD version, ie by providing only the license code (product key) via email or other electronic means.
I recommend, stay away from product keys that are sold at prices that are too low: in many cases these are non-genuine codes and / or that prove to be non-functional as they are added by Microsoft to the black list for counterfeit product keys. Clear? Well, then let's not waste any more time and let's get down to business. Here are some "tips" on where to find Windows 7 at a good price.
Mr Key Shop
Mr Key Shop is a site managed by a company with offices in the city and England, which purchases unused licenses from companies that have switched to the cloud or subscription services (in full compliance with European regulations on the subject) and resells them. This allows us users to buy 100% original licenses for Windows, Office and antivirus at much cheaper prices than the list ones, being able to count on several other advantages.
First, the licenses purchased on Mr Key Shop come straight away email, which allows you to receive them in a few minutes and without negative impacts on the environment (as there is no shipment of physical material). Also, you can take advantage of the garanzia soddisfatti or rimborsati and the service of free cittàn assistance (quite rare commodity for sites of this type).
Mr Key Shop offers licenses for all major editions of Windows 7, both 32 and 64-bit: Windows 7 Home & Premium, Windows 7 Professional e Windows Ultimate 7. To buy them, all you have to do is visit the links I have just pointed out to you and add the product of your interest to the cart. If you want, a license for upgrade to Windows 10.
Next, choose if continue shopping (in this regard, I would like to point out the availability of licenses for Office, in particular for the most recent Office 2019, and for antivirus, all at very affordable prices) or whether to go to the cash.
Once your purchases are complete, you can complete the transaction using one of the many secure payment methods supported (eg PayPal, card or Amazon Pay) by logging into your cart and choosing whether to complete the procedure as guest or registering a account.
If you want to buy Windows 7 over the Internet, try to make a “jump” on Amazon which - I don't think there is need to specify it - is one of the most famous online stores in the world.
To buy Windows 7 on Amazon, all you have to do is connect to the main page of the store, log in to your account (if you have not already done so), type in the search bar located at the top Windows 7 english and click on the button depicting a magnifying glass, in order to start the product search.
Within a few moments you should see all the search results appear. Once you have identified the version of Windows 7 that interests you most, click on it, take a look at all the details related to the product (pay particular attention to the comments from other buyers which you can find at the bottom of the page) and, if the product is suitable for your needs, press the button Add to Cart which is on the right to add it to your cart.
At this point, log in to yours cart clicking on the appropriate button located at the top right, presses on I proceeded all'acquisto and confirm the order indicating the shipping address and payment method to be used. Product receipt times and shipping costs may vary depending on the selected seller and the type of Amazon account you have.
If you need more information about how Amazon works and / or want a hand to take your first steps on the latter, consult my guide on how to buy on Amazon.
As an alternative to Amazon I suggest you try to buy Windows 7 on eBay, the famous online auction site, possibly turning to a reseller of proven reliability (therefore with a lot of positive feedback) and not to individual private users.
To buy Windows 7 on eBay, go to the main page of the service, log into your account (if necessary) and search Windows 7 english using the special bar at the top.
Within a few moments you should see all the search results appear. To limit your search to products that can be purchased immediately and that are not subject to an auction, click on the tab Buy it which is located at the top left.
Now, once you have identified the version of Windows 7 that might be of interest to you, click on it and read the product description carefully. If the product is confirmed as valid, please check i seller feedback (by clicking on the appropriate item in the right sidebar) and proceed with the purchase by pressing the button first Buy it and then confirming the transaction. Shipping times and costs may vary depending on the seller. If any step is not clear to you and / or you need a hand to understand how to buy on eBay, read the guide that I have dedicated specifically to the site.
Price comparison services
Amazon and eBay aren't the only stores available online. There are also many other stores you can turn to, more or less large and more or less famous. So how do you find the ones with the best deals? Simple, addressing the price comparison services. The price comparison services are sites that "scan" the databases of all major online stores and allow you to find the best offers for each product within the latter.
Among the most complete and reliable price comparison services of the moment there are: Idealo, Trovaprezzo and Kelkoo. Their operation is extremely simple: just visit them, search for the name of a product (in your case Windows 7 english) and identify the most convenient offer for the latter.
Once you have identified the best offer for the product you are looking for, just click on it and complete the purchase on the destination site. At this juncture, the recommendation of be wary of too low prices and carefully check the reliability of the store before concluding the purchase. To evaluate the reliability of an online store, you can turn to portals such as TrustPilot, which collects user comments on all the main stores available online.
Download Windows 7 for free
Have you purchased a product key for Windows 7 but don't have support for installing the operating system? No problem. If the product key in your possession refers to a retail copy of Windows 7 (therefore not to an OEM copy, of those that are pre-installed on the computers), by connecting to the Microsoft website, typing your serial number in the appropriate field text and clicking on the button Verifica you can download an ISO image of the operating system to be copied to a DVD or USB stick.
If your product key is not recognized by the Microsoft website because it refers to an OEM copy of the operating system, you can solve the problem by downloading the Windows and Office ISO Download Tool: a free and portable program (therefore that does not require installations to work ) which allows you to download ISO images of Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10 and Microsoft Office directly from Microsoft servers without entering any product key. ISO images downloaded from Windows and Office ISO Download Tool are genuine. This means that to use them and to activate the operating system you need to use a regularly purchased product key.
All clear? Well, then if you want to download Windows and Office ISO Download Tool on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the item Windows ISO Downloader.exe located in the center of the page.
Once the download is complete, open the file Windows ISO Downloader.exe and metti il segno di spunta accanto alla voce Windows 7 located in the right sidebar of the window that opens. Then select the edition of Windows 7 you want to download (eg. Windows 7 Home Premium SP1) from the drop-down menu Select the edition, pigia sul pulsating Confirmationselect l 'cittàn from the drop-down menu for language selection and click on first Confirmation and then 64-bit download o 32-bit download to download the 7-bit or 64-bit Windows 32 ISO image.
After downloading the Windows 7 ISO image, you can copy it to a DVD or on one USB pendrive using software suitable for the purpose. To burn the operating system to a DVD I recommend ImgBurn or the utility for burning ISO files included in all the latest versions of Windows, while to create the USB stick I recommend using Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool or Rufus.
You can find more information on how all the programs just mentioned work in my tutorial on how to download Windows 7 for free.
Downgrade to Windows 7 since Windows 10 / 8.1
If you have recently purchased a computer with on installed Windows 10 o Windows 8.1, you may be entitled to the free downgrade and then to back to Windows 7 without purchasing a new license.
The downgrade options currently only affect the Pro versions of Windows. This means you can go back to Windows 7 (to be precise Windows 7 Professional) only if your PC is equipped with Windows 10 Pro or with Windows 8.1 Pro. If you're using other versions of the Microsoft operating system, I'm sorry, but you need to regularly purchase a license for Windows 7.
If you are eligible for the free downgrade, to transfer the license from your current Windows to Windows 7, you need to contact Microsoft and follow the telephone activation. For more information about it, consult the official website of the Redmond giant and / or contact the manufacturer of your PC.
Article created in collaboration with Mr Key Shop.How to buy Windows 7