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Windows 7 SP1 64bit August 2018 ISO Size

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One thing I did not think about at the time when downloading this was the actual file size.

Presumably because of all the updates included the ISO is over 5GB and that is without the language packs and other version (HE, HP, Pro, Ultimate) content too.

The original Window 7 discs I have are also near to or over 5GB so they must also be on dual layer disc media.

In the August 2018 Update ISO download that is the only option if you want to create a disc on standard DVD+-R/RW but other non-updated versions (if available now) may be able to be pared down to <4.7GB/4.37GiB by removing the language pack (1.3+GB), if present, and maybe by removing the other versions too. How you do that properly I'm not sure as that brings it back to my other thread here asking about the way the download's install.wim is populated.

The alternative and seems is the only option if you want to create a universal Win7 installer with language packs and updates is to use the ISO to create a bootable USB drive installer instead.

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I use them for certain specialised reasons connected with my interest in retro console gaming. Too boring to explain but I wouldn't be without a disc drive on a PC. It is still a useful tool and many of us, at those least wanting to keep on the right side of legality, own their original OS disc(s) and likely at some point have either installed or reinstalled Windows using them rather than by a USB storage device.

Up until 3 years ago I was using a WinXP laptop that did not even support booting from a USB device.

It is often the simplest easiest solution to use a disc.

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Most of the contemporary PCs and laptops did not have any optical drive, Windows & Office have been offered as digital download since a long time, when you buy Office in a physical store, you just buy a key, and you need to download the setup.

Optical media is the past.

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I've been having 'discussions' about that on forums like this for almost a decade. Physical disc media is not dead - yet.

Even in this particular case where the ISO size is such that it requires DL disc media if I'd had it I would have probably installed the OS by now.

Instead I've had to research the whole process of how to get it onto a bootable flash drive. Initially I was seduced by all the articles recommending MS's own "Windows USB/DVD Download Tool" before finding Rufus. Even in creating the modified ISO I suspect I've made it more complicated than it should be by using CMD tools when I'm pretty sure any disc creation program (ImgBurn) could have made a bootable ISO from the updated Win7 disc contents with far less hassle. 

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Thanks for the info.

I've actually installed Win7 SP1 Pro 64bit now. Rufus worked for me and the install from the flash drive it prepared went almost without a hitch and the OS licence activated with the key I'd bought too.

A few driver issues but after those were sorted everything is working OK. Still a lot of work to go before all the programs I want are installed and all the Windows updates since likewise.

I think I may need to install the recent SHA-2 only Windows update first though.

Does anyone here know about that and whether it is being backdated to cover earlier Windows updates?   

 

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