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$29 Windows 7 Student Problem Solved With ISO

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

Now you can make a Windows 7 boot DVD or USB flash drive.

Did you take part in that stellar Windows 7 Home Premium deal for students? For $29.99, you can get an upgrade license to move up from Windows XP or Vista.

Unfortunately, a small number of users who tried to upgrade last week and over the weekend were met with technical difficulties. Microsoft has worked with distributor Digital River to come up with a solution that should fix all issues.

Instead of using an installer for the upgrade, Microsoft now suggests that those who have been experiencing issues run the software from a disc image. The Digital River site now has a solution which instructs users on how to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. This, of course, requires the creation of a Windows 7 DVD or bootable USB stick created from an ISO file. If that's something that interests you, click here for the full details.

The instructions mention that users need to contact Digital River technical support for links to the ISO file and the Windows 7 bootable tool, but you can save time by downloading from the links below.

ISO file
Booting tool

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    Shadow703793 , October 28, 2009 12:47 AM
    The key that people got still should work with this correct?
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    08nwsula , October 28, 2009 1:04 AM
    it will still work.
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    haunted one , October 28, 2009 1:06 AM
    That was quickly resolved!
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2009 1:23 AM
    The link keeps cutting out after 30MB???
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    uh_no , October 28, 2009 1:25 AM
    Marcus Yam 2/2 on decent articles today!
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    Hatecrime69 , October 28, 2009 1:30 AM
    Shadow703793The key that people got still should work with this correct?


    the retail product keys (like the student discount version) work with both the 32 or 64 bit version (the oem versions however, do not)
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2009 1:37 AM
    How hard is it for Microsoft and Digital River to get this right? The ISO download stops after 10MB. Tried different browsers and disabled firewall and antivirus software. Great fix!
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    Supertrek32 , October 28, 2009 2:20 AM
    niven76How hard is it for Microsoft and Digital River to get this right? The ISO download stops after 10MB. Tried different browsers and disabled firewall and antivirus software. Great fix!

    I'm at 200MB so the download IS working. Not sure what could be causing you trouble.
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    fausto , October 28, 2009 2:36 AM
    about damn time. took them long enough. download iso and dvd too now.
    this is a 64 bit iso correct? anyone try it? report back please!
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    anarchy4sale , October 28, 2009 3:00 AM
    I am at 308 MB and it is downloading fine.
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    jojesa , October 28, 2009 3:04 AM
    pearlttThe link keeps cutting out after 30MB???


    That's is an issue with IE, use another browser.
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    anarchy4sale , October 28, 2009 4:18 AM
    Timed out at 416
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2009 4:18 AM
    I am having the same issue with the link cutting out. I have tried several times and it stops anywhere from 10MB to 45MB. Not an isolated problem. Smae with IE and firefox.
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2009 4:26 AM
    jojesaThat's is an issue with IE, use another browser.



    I use Firefox...I wouldn't use IE if you payed me LOL...It worked though, finally was able to DL...Must have have too many people DL at the same time or something...It's weird though because I was DL'n at 1.5MB/Sec when it was cutting out, so there couldn't have too many people on...ohh well, who knows!!!
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    kyeana , October 28, 2009 4:52 AM
    Do you need to have a copy of windows already installed on the pc, or do you just need to have access to the media/product key of vista?
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    Chipi , October 28, 2009 5:13 AM
    Yey, now I can install it on my Studio 14z notebook :) 
    And with a tool from MS even! Thank you Marcus!
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2009 10:47 AM
    Would the USB DVD tool work on any edition of windows 7?
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    greliu , October 28, 2009 11:21 AM
    Digital Rivers has offered to send me a DVD ISO Image of Windows 7 64-bit due to the issue of going from 32-bit to 64-bit. It should be in the mail today! :) 
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    dimcorner , October 28, 2009 12:13 PM
    I used the original file from digital river (the .box and setup) and ran the setup to uncompress the file (it gave me error at the end but it was ok). Afterward I ran Oscdimg.exe on the expandedSetup directory to create a bootable iso and burned it to a DVD using PowerISO. Re-boot with DVD in drive and setup started right up!
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    fausto , October 28, 2009 12:30 PM
    greliuDigital Rivers has offered to send me a DVD ISO Image of Windows 7 64-bit due to the issue of going from 32-bit to 64-bit. It should be in the mail today!


    i paid for mine:( 
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