Windows 10 is finally making way to PCs around the globe and Microsoft is offering the free upgrade to everybody running genuine Windows 7 or 8.1. Whilst majority of Windows users will find it easy and convenient to take the upgrade directly and start rocking Windows 10, there is a noticeable percentage of people who like doing a clean install instead of upgrading over and over. Then there are users who have slow data connections, but want to upgrade multiple PCs. This is where a Windows ISO file comes for the rescue. Just get the ISO, burn it to DVD or create a bootable USB and you’re ready to install Windows to as many PCs as needed.
Here’s how you can download Windows 10 Pro, Home (x86, x64) ISO images officially and legally directly from Microsoft. You can use these images for recovery or reinstalling Windows 10 later on.Microsoft makes available the ISO files every releases of Windows 10, including for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709), the only problem is that when you go to the support site, you don’t get an option to download the ISO files directly. Instead, you’re only given the choice to get the update assistant or Media Creation Tool.
Downloading Official Windows 10 ISO Files
Windows ISO files are easy to come across and several media sharing websites already have one or multiple copies of Windows 10 available. But the risk is that those files can be infected by the uploaders and malicious software can be installed to the PCs alongside Windows 10. Luckily, Microsoft does offer an easy way to download the official Windows 10 files from its own servers and here’s how to do that.
Note : Even after having the ISO, you’ll need a Windows Product Key to install Windows 10 onto your system.
- Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft website as per your current architecture.
- Media Creation Tool for 32-bit Windows
- Media Creation Tool for 64-bit Windows
- Run it and wait for a couple of minutes for the tool to hit Microsoft website, get the Windows 10 editions and then present the UI.
- When Windows 10 Setup opens (that’s what Microsoft calls the program’s window), choose Create installation media for another PC and click Next.
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- Choose the Language, Edition and System Architecture for Windows 10 ISO. Then click Next.
- Choose ISO file, select the location where the ISO should be saved and let the process begin
Alternatively, you can select USB flash drive at this step and the tool will create a bootable Windows 10 installation usb after downloading the files. Creating an ISO is a better option though.
When the download finishes, the tool will convert the esd image files it fetched from Microsoft servers to a fully usable ISO image file. You can then put the ISO to whatever use you may want.
Download a Windows 10 ISO Image
- From the Windows 10 Setup program’s opening screen, read through the license terms and then accept them with the Accept button.
- Choose Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and tap or click Next.
- On the next screen, choose the Language, Edition, and Architecture you want the ISO image for.
- If you’re going to be using Windows 10 on the same computer that’s running Windows 10 Setup, you can use the default options that pertain to that specific computer. Otherwise, uncheck the Use the recommended options for this PC, and then edit those options yourself.
- For most users, Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro is the way to go for the Edition. The N editions are designed for some special European economic zones.
- For Architecture, choosing Both is probably the smartest way to go so that you can install Windows 10 on both a 32-bit or a 64-bit computer.
- Choose Next when you’re finished deciding.
- On the Choose which media to use screen, choose ISO file, followed by Next.
- Decide where to have the Windows 10 ISO image stored and then tap or click Save to immediately start the download.
- Once downloaded, you’ll have a legal and full version of Windows 10 in ISO format. You can then burn that ISO image to a disc to install later or use it directly with your virtual machine software if you’re going that route.
You could also burn that ISO image to a USB device, but doing that using the software’s built-in tool (below) will be easier.
Important: The free upgrade to Windows 10 (from Windows 8 or Windows 7) expired on July 29, 2016, so you’ll need to have a valid product key to install Windows 10.
Buying Windows 10 is the only way to get a valid product key. Windows 10 Pro is available directly from Microsoft but Amazon sells copies, too. Windows 10 Home is the same deal: direct from Microsoft or via Amazon are best.
Download Windows 10 to a Flash Drive
If you’d rather skip the ISO part of the Windows 10 download and get those Windows 10 installation bits right onto a flash drive, that’s easy to do with Microsoft’s tool as well.You can also create Bootable USB using Windows CMD (Command Prompt)
- Follow the directions above for the ISO image up to the Choose which media to use the screen, and this time, choose USB flash drive.
- Choose a connected flash drive (that has more than 4 GB of storage) from the list on the next screen and then tap or click Next. If there’s nothing listed, attach a flash drive and try again.
- Important: Be sure to select the correct flash drive if you have multiples plugged in. Installing Windows 10 on the removable drive will erase all the existing files on that device.
- Wait while the download is completed and then follow the rest of the instructions.
- This is much easier than doing the ISO to USB part yourself.
Don’t Download Windows 10 From Another Website
Microsoft offers such an easy to use and legitimate source for Windows 10, so please don’t download it elsewhere.
Yes, it might be tempting to download a hacked version of Windows 10 that advertises no need for a product key, but with the joy of using a Windows 10 download like that comes the very real risk of getting something you weren’t expecting.
Windows 10 Technical Preview
Prior to Windows 10’s public release, it was available as a Technical Preview, which was completely free and didn’t require that you own a previous version of Windows.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview program is over, meaning that you’ll need to have a previous version of Windows already to get it for free, or you’ll need to buy a new copy.
All Windows 10 Technical Preview installations used the product key of NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR, but this key is now blocked and will not be able to be used to activate Windows 10.
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