Where can I download an updated version of Windows 7 Home Basic?

Tanvir C May 19, 2014

I have a laptop I bought 2-3 years ago. After I bought it, I made recovery CDs, but the recovery CDs are filled with bloatware. Also, when I made the CDs, Windows service pack 1 was not released, so when I re-format my laptop I have a lot to update!

My OS is Windows 7 Home Basic. Where can I download the OS and/or its service packs, rather than using the updater? I have the product key, so I just need the OS.

  1. Tanvir C
    May 21, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Thanks guys for you valuable info :)

  2. Dalsan M
    May 19, 2014 at 8:17 am

    You can download the Windows 7 Ultimate ISO with Service Pack 1 (SP1) as it has all editions of Windows. You can find the ISO download links here. http://www.askvg.com/direct-download-links-download-official-original-and-untouched-windows-7-iso-32-bit-and-64-bit/ They are direct links from Digital River, which is where Microsoft has their files for download. These are legitimate and legal downloads anyone can use. You must have your own product key to enter, which you already mentioned. The product key is what selects the correct version of Windows to install.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

      These links are for the RTM version, the above link I provided is media ready SP1 from Digital River. Besides, there is no download of Home Basic version available in Digital River. Available are Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. That's why I have provided of how to install Home basic from the Home Premium ISO download. :)

  3. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 19, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Download one of the following:
    Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1 32 bit OR 64 bit (as per your requirement)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58996.iso Windows 7 Home Premium x86 English
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso Windows 7 Home Premium x64 English

    You are going to edit the contents of the .ISO file and remove the ei.cfg file. After editing burn it to a blank DVD disk or put it on a thumb drive. Boot from it, this will reveal all editions of Windows 7, select the Home Basic edition. More information in the following article about how to edit the ei.cfg file

    Ei.cfg Removal Utility Lets You Use Any Product Key

    You will edit the image and remove the ei.cfg file so we can reveal all editions of Windows 7 during the installation and select Windows 7 Home Basic . Lets take a look at doing it step by step.

    After downloading the eicfg removal utility, you need to extract, since its in a .zip file. Just right click it and click Extract All.

    Double click the eicfg_remover.exe file to launch it.

    Browse to where the Windows 7 Image (.ISO file) is stored, select it and click Open.

    Burn the edited image to a blank DVD and proceed to boot from it.

    ImgBurn - In addtion to supporting the creation of CD's from .ISO files,
    it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it's free.


    Note: Always use the slowest burn speed (4x or 2x) if offered a choice.

    Windows 7 will boot as it normally does into the setup environment, the only difference this time is, you will be given a choice to select the edition of Windows 7 you want to reinstall. Carefully click through during the setup wizard.

    Select Windows 7 Home Basic and proceed with the installation as normal. I suggest that you create a backup once the installation is complete.


    Once setup is completed, you should have Windows 7 installed. You can enter the product key and activate using the following method:

    Click Start, type: CMD'

    Right click CMD

    Click Run as adminstrator

    At the command prompt, type the following commands:

    slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx (allows you to replace the current product key with the specified)

    xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx - represents your product key