Installation and Upgrade Download Windows 10 ISO

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A Windows 10 ISO file can be used to create your own bootable Windows 10 installation media using either a USB flash drive or DVD/Blu-ray.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to download an official Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft.

Contents

  • Option One: Download Latest Windows 10 Home or Pro ISO using Media Creation Tool
  • Option Two: Download Latest Windows 10 Education ISO using Media Creation Tool
  • Option Three: Directly Download Latest Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft
  • Option Four: Directly Download Latest or Recent Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO from Microsoft
  • Option Five: Download Older Windows 10 Home or Pro ISO from Microsoft via TechBench by WZT
  • Option Six: Download Older Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Education ISO from Microsoft via "Windows ISO Downloader" tool by HeiDoc.net





OPTION ONE

Download Latest Windows 10 Home or Pro ISO using Media Creation Tool


You must be signed in as an administrator to use the Media Creation Tool.

An ISO file from the Media Creation Tool (MCT) uses sources\install.esd which is a compressed version of install.wim, but can still be used as a source image for DISM.

Before you begin, make sure you have:
1. An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
2. Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.


ISO file for Windows 10 version 21H1 build 19043.928 is currently available for download using this option as of May 18, 2021.


1 Click/tap on the Download button below, and click/tap on the Download tool now button at Microsoft's site. (see screenshot below)

(Windows 10 version 21H1)​

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2 Save the MediaCreationTool21H1.exe file (version 10.0.19043.928) to your desktop, and run it.

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3 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

4 Click/tap on Accept for the license terms. (see screenshot below)

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5 Select (dot) Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6 Uncheck the Use the recommended options for this PC box. (see screenshot below)

Leaving the Use the recommended options for this PC box checked will have the Media Creation Tool download an ISO that's the same language, edition, and architecture as the current PC.


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7 Select the Language, Edition, and 32-bit (x86), 64-bit (x64), or both (32-bit and 64-bit in same ISO) Architecture you want for the ISO file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

The Windows 10 option includes both the Home and Pro editions. The product key you enter during installation (Windows Setup) is what determines which edition gets installed.

If you select both for the Architecture, you will need to use at least a 10 GB USB flash drive if creating Windows 10 USB installation media with the ISO.

Your digital license or product key determines if Home or Pro gets installed during Windows Setup.

If you skip entering a product key during Windows Setup, then you will be prompted to select to install the Home or Pro edition.


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8 Select (dot) ISO file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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9 Select where you would like to save the ISO file to, type in a name you want for the ISO file, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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10 The Windows 10 ISO file will now begin to download. (see screenshot below)

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11 When the download has finished, click/tap on the link where you selected to save the ISO file at to open that location, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION TWO

Download Latest Windows 10 Education ISO using Media Creation Tool


You must be signed in as an administrator to use the Media Creation Tool.

An ISO file from the Media Creation Tool (MCT) uses sources\install.esd which is a compressed version of install.wim, but cannot be used as a source image for DISM.

Before you begin, make sure you have:
1. Your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx).
2. An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
3. Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.


ISO file for Windows 10 version 21H1 build 19043.928 is currently available for download using this option as of May 18, 2021.


1 Click/tap on the Download button below, and click/tap on the Download tool now button at Microsoft's site. (see screenshot below)


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2 Save the MediaCreationTool21H1.exe file (version 10.0.19043.928) to your desktop, and run it.

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3 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

4 Click/tap on Accept for the license terms. (see screenshot below)

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5 Enter the product key for your Windows 10 Education, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6 Select (dot) ISO file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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7 Select where you would like to save the ISO file to, type in a name you want for the ISO file, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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8 The Windows 10 Education ISO file will now begin to download. (see screenshot below)

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9 When the download has finished, select where you selected to save the ISO file at, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION THREE

Directly Download Latest Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft


ISO file for Windows 10 version 21H1 build 19043.928 is currently available for download using this option as of May 18, 2021.


1 Open Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox.

2 Go to: Download Windows 10

3 Press F12 to open Developer Tools. (see screenshot below)

Skip this step for Mozilla Firefox.


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4 Press the Ctrl + Shift + M keys to open the Toggle device toolbar in Developer Tools. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on the Responsive button on the toolbar, select iPad Pro or iPad (Firefox) in the drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on the Reload this page (Google Chrome), Refresh (Microsoft Edge), Reload current page (Mozilla Firefox) button to reload the page. (see screenshot below)

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7 You can now close the F12 Developer Tools pane. (see screenshot below)

Skip this step for Mozilla Firefox since you skipped step 3.


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8 Select Windows 10 in the Select edition drop menu, and click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshot below)

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9 Select the language (ex: "English") you want for Windows 10 in the Select the product language drop menu, and click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshot below)

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10 Click/tap on the 32-bit Download or 64-bit Download button to download the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file you want. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FOUR

Directly Download Latest or Recent Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO from Microsoft


Flight Hub is a "dashboard" for Windows Insiders to quickly identify the latest Insider Preview releases for PC, Server, IoT, and SDKs as well as ISO images.

How to Get Windows Insider Fast Ring ISO image for latest build


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to go to the Microsoft site below, select the ISO you want, and click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshot below).

(Client Insider Preview)
Download

OR

(Advanced Options for more Insider Preview editions and builds to select from)
Download

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OPTION FIVE

Download Older Windows 10 Home or Pro ISO from Microsoft via TechBench by WZT


These are hidden official ISO downloads, no longer "officially" hosted by Microsoft, but are still available to downloaded directly from Microsoft servers ("[noparse]https://software-download.microsoft.com[/noparse]") via a link at TechBench by WZT. Originally, these were on Digital River.


1 Go to the TechBench by WZT website.

2 Select Windows (Final) in the Select type drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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3 Select the Windows 10 version and build you want to download and ISO for in the Svelect version drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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4 Select Windows 10 in the Select edition drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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5 Select the language (ex: "English") you want for the ISO file in the Select language drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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6 Select if you want a 32-bit (x32) or 64-bit (x64) ISO file in the Select file drop menu. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on the Download button. (see screenshot below)

Be sure you only click/tap on this specific Download button.

If you don't you will be clicking on an advertising link instead for something unwanted.


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8 Navigate to and select where (ex: "Desktop") you want to save the ISO file to, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION SIX

Download Older Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Education ISO from Microsoft via "Windows ISO Downloader" tool by HeiDoc.net


These are hidden official ISO downloads, no longer "officially" hosted by Microsoft, but are still available to downloaded directly from Microsoft servers ("[noparse]https://software-download.microsoft.com[/noparse]") via a Windows ISO Downloader tool by HeiDoc.net. Originally, these were on Digital River.


1 Download the Windows ISO Downloader tool by HeiDoc.net.

2 Run the downloaded Windows-ISO-Downloader.exe file, and ignore/minimize the advertising window.

The Windows-ISO-Downloader.exe file is a standalone .exe file that does not install anything on your computer.


3 Select (dot) Windows 10 in the Windows tab at the top right corner. (see screenshots below step 5)

4 Select the Windows 10 edition (ex: "Windows 10 Home/Pro") under the version (ex: "Windows 10 November 2029 Update - November 2019") you want an ISO for, and click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshots below step 5)

5 Select the language (ex: "English") you want for the ISO, and click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshots below)

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6 Click/tap on the 64-bit Download or 32-bit Download for the type of ISO you want. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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8 Navigate to and select where (ex: "Desktop") you want to save the ISO file to, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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9 When the ISO file has finished downloading, you can close the HeiDoc.net Windows ISO Downloader window if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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