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Getting Windows 7

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  1. Windows 7 is no longer officially supported. While ongoing private patches are still available here, the OS itself is now over a decade old, and is far behind on security and performance improvements, especially for modern hardware. Now that even minimal support has ended for most people, software and driver compatibility should drop off sharply. It's worth considering a switch to newer versions of Windows or Linux if possible.
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  9.     Downloading Windows 7
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  11. If you don't need a specific edition, go with Enterprise:
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  15. Download:                   https://the-eye.eu/public/MSDN/Windows%207/en_windows_7_enterprise_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677651.iso
  16. SHA-1 checksum:             a491f985dccfb5863f31b728dddbedb2ff4df8d1
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  18. Torrent Link:
  19. magnet:?xt=urn:btih:1f0d6f898a2d33e0efd3214eb0d87a981312bb89&dn=en_windows_7_enterprise_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677651.iso&tr=udp://tracker.coppersurfer.tk:6969&tr=udp://tracker.leechers-paradise.org:6969&tr=udp://tracker.zer0day.to:1337&tr=udp://explodie.org:6969&tr=udp://tracker.opentrackr.org:1337
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  23. All versions available at:      https://the-eye.eu/public/MSDN/Windows%207/
  24. Other Sources:                  https://www.raymond.cc/blog/links-for-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-microsofts-official-distributer/2/
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  32. Be sure to check verify the file's checksum to make sure the ISO you get is intact and has not been tampered with:
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  34. Checksum Sources:  
  35. https://www.heidoc.net/php/myvsdump.php
  36. https://wiki.installgentoo.com/wiki/Windows_7#SHA1_Checksums
  37. https://forums.mydigitallife.net/search/
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  40. Verifier Tools:
  41. http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/MD5-and-SHA-1-Checksum-Utility.shtml#download
  42. http://www.igorware.com/hasher/download
  43. http://www.7-zip.org/   (via the Windows context menu)
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  51.     Installing on Newer Hardware
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  53.     Modern PCs (anything since 2015) usually need additional drivers to install Windows 7. Otherwise you'll get stuck on an error message, your mouse/keyboard won't work, or the installer just won't boot. The MSI Smart Tool is updated with drivers that work on many AMD and Intel systems, so making a Windows 7 flashdrive with it is often the easiest way to go:
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  55. https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z170-A-PRO.html#down-utility&Win7%2064
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  57.     Many other motherboard makers also provide tools to let you easily create patched installers from a regular Windows 7 ISO. You can find them on the download page for your board's brand/model, or try a different brand's tool if that doesn't work.  There are some differences between boards (especially AMD vs Intel), and most tools try to cover a range of hardware. After setting up your flashdrive, install Windows as usual.
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  61. Alternate Method 1:
  62.     Some boards also have a BIOS option to help get you up and running. This may go by several names, like 'Windows 7 USB Support', 'Legacy USB', 'Disable xHCI' etc. If it works, complete your Windows install, make sure USB 3 drivers are installed through Windows Update or your motherboard's website, then switch the option back off in BIOS.
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  64. Alternate Method 2:
  65.     If you have an oldschool PS2 style mouse/keyboard, you can try using that to get through the setup menus instead, or try connecting through USB 2.0 ports on a Ryzen board. Intel boards may also require you to boot from a Windows 7 DVD instead of a flash drive.
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  69. Other Patching tools:
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  71. ASUS
  72. EZ Installer
  73. https://www.asus.com/supportonly/EZ%20Installer/HelpDesk_Download/
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  76. Gigabyte
  77. Windows USB Installation Tool (Intel)
  78. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5589#utility
  79. Windows Image Tool (AMD)
  80. http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Utility/mb_utility_windowsimagetool_am4.zip
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  83. ASRock
  84. Win 7 USB Patcher
  85. http://www.asrock.com/microsite/win7install/
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  93.     Activating Windows 7
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  95. There are 2 choices for activating Windows 7:
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  99. >>>>>>>>>>  KMS_VL_ALL:
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  101. KMS_VL_ALL activates Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise editions only, by installing an ongoing KMS program to run periodically and re-register the OS, which must be excluded from any antiviruses to continue working.
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  103. Download:        https://pastebin.com/cpdmr6HZ
  104. Source:          https://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/838808
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  106. Disable your AV, extract with password (2020) and archiver from 7-zip.org, then run "KMS_VL_ALL_AIO.cmd" and select:   [2] Install Activation AutoRenewal
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  112. >>>>>>>>>>  Daz's Windows Loader:
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  114. Daz's Windows Loader works on all versions of Windows 7, and requires no running software for permanent activation, but does require you to set your BIOS to Legacy Mode before installing Windows.
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  116. Torrent Link:              
  117. magnet:?xt=urn:btih:37041ba60196e8eff7050a801ebe73cedb8c0748&dn=Windows%20Loader%20v2.2.2&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.opentrackr.org%3a1337&tr=udp%3a%2f%2fzer0day.ch%3a1337&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3a6969&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3a6969&tr=udp%3a%2f%2fexplodie.org%3a6969
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  119. SHA-1 checksum (for exe):       0efc35935957c25193bbe9a83ab6caa25a487ada
  120. Source:                         https://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/120996
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  128.     Fixing Updates and Telemetry
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  130. >>>>>>>>>>  Option A)
  131. Most people will want to use Windows Update, which still gives you everything up through January 2020 automatically. You can install these first to speed up the process, or if you get stuck on searching for updates:
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  135. http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/03/windows6.1-kb4490628-x64_d3de52d6987f7c8bdc2c015dca69eac96047c76e.msu
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  137. http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows6.1-kb4474419-v3-x64_b5614c6cea5cb4e198717789633dca16308ef79c.msu
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  139.                 (Reset)
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  141. http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2020/02/windows6.1-kb4537829-x64_b4f4c2cd38b45a81fe9278e97e72fc3f8dc1bb70.msu
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  143. http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/05/windows6.1-kb3125574-v4-x64_2dafb1d203c8964239af3048b5dd4b1264cd93b9.msu
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  145.                 (Reset)
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  147. http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2020/01/windows6.1-kb4534310-x64_4dc78a6eeb14e2eac1ede7381f4a93658c8e2cdc.msu
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  151. Sources:
  152. https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4490628        Mar 2019 Servicing Stack Update
  153. https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4474419+7+09   SHA-2 Support
  154. https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4537829        Feb 2020 Servicing Stack Update
  155. https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3125574        Convenience Rollup (years of updates in one) - Optional
  156. https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4534310        Jan 2020 Monthly Rollup
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  160. Windows Update has stopped providing most patches individually, instead releasing them as one big monthly pack called a "Rollup". These come with every update from previous Monthly Rollups, including back-ported Windows 10 telemetry that cannot be detached from legit updates. To easily disable it (and upgrade notifications), just finish installing your updates, then save this script as a ".cmd" file and run it as administrator:
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  162. https://pastebin.com/zeJFe08G
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  165. Manual Guide:       https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/2000012-neutralize-telemetry-sustain-win-7-8-1-monthly-rollup-model/
  166. Source:             https://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/1203873
  167. More info:          https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/2000011-group-a-group-b-and-group-w-whats-the-difference/
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  173. If your motherboard is newer than about 2015, you may also get an "Unsupported Hardware" message. This tool will disable that and allow Windows Update to work correctly:       https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc/releases/latest
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  179. Finally, most publicly available updates were discontinued as of January 2020. Microsoft is providing 3 years of private updates to organizations through its Extended Support program. Before you can install them, you will need to run Windows Update (or use the updates above), then use this Bypass tool:
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  182. Download:   https://gitlab.com/stdout12/adns/uploads/520dcb7467a84cb12b26b0038715ece1/BypassESU-v5-AIO.7z
  183. SHA-1:      a82f89c70b075ced7005775376e2eeb63de880eb
  184. Source:     https://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/1560450
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  188. Extract with password (2020), run "LiveOS-Setup.cmd" as administrator and select "[1] Full Installation"
  189. If you want to get updates automatically through Windows Update, you will also need this:
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  192. http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2020/02/windows6.1-kb4538483-x64_5c1336947b1d530b1d7adc2c1fe966edb71aed6b.msu
  193. Source:     https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4538483
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  195. You should then get new updates automatically until 2023, although more fixes may be needed if microsoft changes their system before then.
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  206. >>>>>>>>>>  Option B)
  207. Alternatively, you can manually download the telemetry-free "Security Only" updates made for businesses that demand privacy. As they are not available through Windows Update, the easiest way to do this is with the 3rd party tool WSUS Offline.
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  209. ESR version for Windows 7:      https://download.wsusoffline.net/wsusoffline1191.zip
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  211.     Run UpdateGenerator.exe, check your OS version (under "Legacy Windows"), and check "Use security only updates instead of quality rollups". Then click start. It will make a folder of all telemetry-free public updates, replacing the Rollups with security patches from the microsoft catalog. When it's done, go to the Client folder, run UpdateInstaller.exe, and follow the instructions till it's complete. If you're avoiding telemetry this way, be sure to DISABLE automatic updates in Windows, and UNCHECK all "Security Monthly Quality Rollups" if you ever use Windows Update.
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  213. WSUS Offline will get you as far as January 2020. After you run it you can use the Bypass tool above. Starting with February 2020 you will need to download and install a Security Only update manually for EACH month, as they are not cumulative like the Rollups. It is also recommended that you take the latest Internet Explorer update, which are cumulative. You can find a maintained list of both here:
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  215. https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/2000003-ongoing-list-of-group-b-monthly-updates-for-win7-and-8-1/
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  217. (If for some reason you're using Option B and NOT starting with WSUS Offline, you will need to run the first three updates from Option A and January 2020 Security Only update KB4534314, then use the Bypass Tool before newer updates can be installed.)
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  228. >>>>>>>>>>  Preexisting Telemetry:
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  230. In addition to either method above, you can also run the Ancile Script, which will disable some older telemetry and unwanted updates that were already in Windows 7 before the Rollups:
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  232. https://bitbucket.org/ancile_development/ancile/downloads/
  233. https://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/12/ancile-block-spying-on-windows-7-and-8/
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