I'm wondering why Microsoft decided to pull all Digital River .isos down and replace them with a non-functional tool?
Also why Microsoft force entry of a product key with this tool? Didn't they learn with the initial Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 downloaders that forcing the entry of a product key to download installation media was a bad idea? This tool doesn't work for retail licenses as it seems to be intended for. It also blocks out all OEM licenses and the Digital River .isos were a valuable installation source for OEM licenses.
When I select English with the new tool for my English Student Windows 7 Professional Upgrade License (purchased from software4students.co.uk)
The language you've selected is not available for the product you are eligible for. Please select a different language.
It however will let me download in French!!! Despite the fact that I bought an English license in an English speaking country... We don't speak French in the United Kingdom...
When I select English with the new tool for my English Student Windows 7 Ultimate License (purchased from software4students.co.uk)
The product key you entered appears to be for software licensed through an Enterprise Agreement. Please contact the Volume Licensing Service Center for software recovery options or visit the Volume Licensing Home Page for more information on Enterprise Agreements.
My license is not volume license and is an English retail upgrade. Does Microsoft even test these tools before breaking things that worked these days?
When I select English with my Dell Windows 7 Home Premium Product Key on its COA. I get
The product key you entered appears to be for software that was pre-installed on a device. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options.
If Microsoft are going to make a new tool for retail installs can they actually let OEMs like Dell provide a similar utility to download installation media with OEM SLP activation? The question is in 2015 with modern internet speeds why do Microsoft still force OEMs to administer the most convoluted procedure ever? Why should I have to waste time to call Dell to get physical media shipped? Then waste even more time waiting on shipment? Then install when I can instead easily download a .iso in less than an hour and complete most the install within the time it takes to call Dell to get the media sent out.
The Microsoft Software Recovery Tool will likely never be fixed as Windows 7 is about to be cut in far for Windows 10 RTM.
For a while I've been advising:
- Windows 7 OEM customers with no installation media
- Windows 8.1 OEM (with Bing) customers with no installation media
- Windows Vista OEM/Retail customers with an obsolete OS but capable hardware
- Windows XP OEM/Retail Customers with a very obsolete OS but capable hardware
to install Windows 10 Insider and use it as a stepping stone to reach Windows 10 RTM. I knew Microsoft could not add Windows 7 OEM SLP to Windows 10 due to piracy concerns. I knew also they would have a huge mess on their hands with Windows Insiders in situation 1. and 2. who are eligible for the free upgrade but installed the Windows 10 Insider and had no installation media.
Now Microsoft finally present details in how the free upgrade works.
Getting the final release on July 29th
Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh.
Taking a Look into Windows 10 Microsoft Product Activation: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/windows-10147-signs-of-product-keys-and-microsoft/c615f84b-9fd4-4279-9e00-beeccf73ad34?tm=1434802801431