I have several Windows 7 Ultimate license keys that I downloaded a while ago from when I had an MSDN subscription. These are legitimate keys and have not been used elsewhere by me.

Today I went to download from Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files). This page wanted to know my license key before it would initiate a download, and when I put one of my keys the site responded with:

Error

The product key you provided is for a product not currently supported by this site or may be invalid. Please try again or visit the Microsoft Support Contact Us page for assistance.

Is this a genuine problem with my license key, or a problem with a license key that is associated with the Ultimate version?

I do have (pre SP1) ISO files of the same vintage as the keys I have, but I wanted to download something more moderne with the latests updates already baked in.

After a bit of searching around I did find in the Windows Download FAQ

My Windows 7 product key won't verify. What's the problem?

The most common issue is the use of a product key for a product not currently supported by the site such as an Upgrade key, an MSDN key, product keys for pre-installed media or an Enterprise edition key. For access to MSDN products or Enterprise edition visit the MSDN Portal or the Volume Licensing Service Center. Upgrades and pre-installed media are not currently supported by the tools on the site. If you believe you have a valid product key and are still receiving an error, please contact Support.

Thus the problem was the type of key I had, so the best solution for me right now is magicandre's answer

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    I would be surprised if a retail download would allow an MSDN product key. – Bill_Stewart Feb 14 '17 at 22:39
  • "I do have ISO files of the same vintage as the keys I have, but I wanted to download something more moderne with the latests updates already baked in." In your current situation, I would utilize the ISO images you already have. Remember that SP1 for Windows 7 was actually released six years ago, and the images you are trying to download probably won't have any additional updates integrated into them after that. One way or another, a clean install of Windows 7 involves a lot of Windows Updates. – Run5k Feb 15 '17 at 2:35
  • @Run5k Yesterday I started a W7 system that was last run and updated about 4 months ago. It sucked down a bunch of updates. – Peter M Feb 15 '17 at 12:21
  • @Bill_Stewart Why should the source of the key matter? Ultimate is a retail product. I have a valid Ultimate key. After the install the system will still phone home to validate the key used for the installation. – Peter M Feb 15 '17 at 12:24
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    @Bill_Stewart I take it back. I just found a FAQ on the MS site that clearly states what you said. – Peter M Feb 15 '17 at 12:30
up vote 0 down vote accepted

You can download any Windows 7 ISO from this page without providing any product key. It generates valid download links from Microsoft servers for all Windows versions.

  • Select Windows 7 Sp1 (Build 7601) and Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1

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  • now select the Language you want to download:

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  • and finally select the architecture (32 or 64Bit):

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  • now you see a download button on the right side.

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Now download the ISO from the link , which is valid for 24 hours.

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