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A new Microsoft website has just made life a little easier for anyone who's ever purchased a retail copy of Windows 7.
If your original installation DVD has been damaged or lost, you can now download the installation media in ISO format from the Microsoft Software Recovery site.
If you pass that verification step, you can download the media.
The ISO file can be used to burn a DVD, create a bootable USB flash drive, or install Windows in a virtual machine.
Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is an anti-infringement system created by Microsoft that enforces online validation of the licensing of several recent Microsoft Windows operating systems when accessing several services, such as Windows Update, and downloading Windows components from the Microsoft Download Center.