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Hello guys.
I have a legitimate license for
Windows 7 Pro 32bit/64bit and for
Windows 8 Pro 32bit/64bit version.

Is there a way I can download it legally/ for free?
I wanted to try torrents but I doubt the copies are legit/ unmodified. I need unmodified copies because I will be converting the copies to be compatible with UEFI Bios systems. (which was discussed here)

I tried my dreamspark, and it downloaded with SDM (Secure Download Manager); but it won't unpack the downloads. Which leads to re-downloading of the software.
(Which would take another 2 days -___-)

Edit: OFF-TOPIC
A little add-on to the UEFI Bios systems.. (since nobody's noticing my last post there)
would the modified Windows setup work on other BIOS systems?
**by modified i meant -- made compatible with UEFI
 

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Thanks! I have a little question about the Windows 7 tho.. I know that my Windows 7 Pro is packed with SP1, but I am not sure if it's SP1 U(media refresh) or SP1 (old). Would my product key work on both?
It should work with either version
 

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I have a question.. would it let me do a clean / fresh install instead of an upgrade?

With Windows 8, the ISO you download allows you to boot and do a fresh install. However, it won't activate properly after doing this, there is a registry key that you need to change and a command you have to run after it is installed to get it to activate. Just google for "How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 8 with an Upgrade Disc". However, this only applies if you have an Upgrade key, if you are using an OEM key or a Retail key you can do a fresh install using the ISO provided without any extra steps.
 

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With Windows 8, the ISO you download allows you to boot and do a fresh install. However, it won't activate properly after doing this, there is a registry key that you need to change and a command you have to run after it is installed to get it to activate. Just google for "How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 8 with an Upgrade Disc". However, this only applies if you have an Upgrade key, if you are using an OEM key or a Retail key you can do a fresh install using the ISO provided without any extra steps.
I have a product key that is genuine, is this a retail key? I got it free from my university's dreamspark. If so, I could do a clean install with an upgrade disc (provided at microsoft's site) without any extra steps such as registry editing, etc etc.. ?
 

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That is correct, assuming you have a key to a full version(OEM or Retail), chances are the key you received from your school was an OEM key. So you should be fine without any special reg edits or commands. But if after doing a clean install it doesn't activate then just look up what I said, it is super easy to do.
 
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Is there a site where you can download all Versions of Vista OS's as well?
 
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Windows 7 iso images are legally downloadable from msft.digitalrivercontent.net. As long as you have a legal key, there is nothing wrong with it.
 
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Thanks guys! Problem solved :)
 
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You can use torrents and look for vanilla non pre-cracked or pre-activated versions. Basically you get an ISO of original Windows 7 without any product key. Which in case of Win7 means you can run it in trial mode. Win8 however doesn't work that way as it has no trial mode and requires a product key to be entered before you can even install it. You can still get ISO's though...
 

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You can use torrents and look for vanilla non pre-cracked or pre-activated versions. Basically you get an ISO of original Windows 7 without any product key. Which in case of Win7 means you can run it in trial mode. Win8 however doesn't work that way as it has no trial mode and requires a product key to be entered before you can even install it. You can still get ISO's though...
If I download Windows 8 pro, the ones at microsoft's website, would I be able to modify it? because I will make it compatible with UEFI BIOS systems
 
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I'd say Win8 is already UEFI ready...
 
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Pursuant to this discussion, I have a few old PC's (quite old) that are still in good working order, and would like to polish up, and get an OS running on them to give away to whatever underfunded school/SPCA/Children's Home may want them.

I would LIKE to drop these machines off with a Windows OS as, all personal opinions aside, this is the most widely used public platform on earth (deal with it anyone who wants to disagree).

I once heard that there was some variant of Windows that was being given away for free for educational uses or some such, but at the time never paid much attention, Is there any such thing that I could install legally on these machines without getting anyone into trouble?
 

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I'd say Win8 is already UEFI ready...
I say not. I tried it on mine, tried the clean version (not modified yet) and it won't boot, it would only go to the first time set-up. When I did the instructions on how to make it compatible with UEFI systems, it worked like a charm :) My question now is.. would my modified setup work on other systems(non-UEFI for example)?