hey "friend"... how are you? do you know me? (hope not, so we can start fresh and clean with no bias or hate) i'm bob and i love windows 7. i'm currently upgrading my system (hardware wise) and it's a win7 one. yes, in 2020.. and on brand new hardware. bob is going from x79 to x99. no, you're not "back in time", it's real. i even have a thread about it here. the thread is there at agg's pleasure. (yes, like "at governor's pleasure" but instead, agg.) that thread is a continuation of the original. either way it already paid off. mitty (do you know him?) has already "introed" bob to youtube-dl, a dos like command prompt tool that works grabbing youtube videos. bob is so happy about that. (and yes, bob is "special") ..anyhuw (yes, spelled correctly) bob is okay. i live in perth and currently have 36 likes on these forums. that makes bob cool, right? reading what i quoted, to me, makes it seem like you're "special" too.. bob thinks you like archiving things (and that you did the 3dfx ftp is a good sign - speaking of, bob still has working sli voodoo2 cards and other sexy old things. bob loved 3dfx and was an early adopter like with so many things of past times. bob still has rambus pc too which he has not booted for years so hopefully not dead. but then bob also has 386 with 4mb ram, tseng 1mb video, 3.5 & 5.25" floppies and roland lapc-i & sb.) and that your comment implies you did that for win7 too, recently. so if you have a working/genuine win7 iso (not hack job) with "deployment" images, please share with bob. (you can reply in my thread if you like. that's okay, trust me.) yes, bob has genuine win7 key and anyway, sharing windows images is allowed and all that. yes, i do have the official sp1 2011 iso, but the files are from 2011. i know i can install that and then update, but it's so much better to have a newer iso to begin with. that's obvious. do you have such newer iso? one from maybe msdn or whatever service M$ still has? surely those are updated isos. if yes, help bob out, would you kindly? speaking of, i meant to "look into" this before but now i ask; microsoft used to have that subscriber technet that allowed you to grab just about any software they made ever. it included windows versions. last time bob was looking into that was 2011 and it only cost $300/year. i know technet was retired, but there still is a similar program still available, right? one where you can sign up (anyone) and then download microsoft programs including all windows versions. last i looked, some years ago, i found something like that and it was a crazy 1k or so usd. still, things change, and now, NOW, bob is crazier too and ready to drop the beats on that shit. but only if bob can get win7 iso from there that has january 2020 files. or close to that date. even december 2019 ones. well, okay as long as the iso has 2019 files, bob would be happy. and by "files" i don't just mean time/date stamped that way, but that the windows install will have any and all updates until that time/date once installed. if such option still exists, would anyone kindly link bob to a microsoft portal where anyone can sign up to that? yes, even if they last only a year, that's fine. bob would sign up, download until he bursts then bounce... tldr; bob is stupid enough to drop 1kusd (in 2020) on a "late" win7 build as long as directly from M$ and has integrated 2019+ files/setup.