Downloading a Windows ISO image is essential to upgrading and repairing your PC, or creating a Windows bootable drive. Microsoft allows users to download the ISO image legally for free from its website. However, there’s one small catch. If you are a Windows user, you cannot directly download Windows 10 ISO from the Windows website. Microsoft makes you download its media creation tool in order to get the Windows 10 ISO file. Luckily, there is a quick workaround you can use if you do not want to download the media creation tool. In this article, we show you how to download Windows 10 ISO legally for free without downloading the media creation tool first.
Here’s how you can download the Windows 10 ISO file
As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft makes you download the media creation tool if you are a Windows user. The trick to accessing the Windows 10 ISO file directly is by changing your browser’s user agent so the Microsoft website does not know you are using a Windows OS. Here’s how you can do this.
Step 1: Open Microsoft’s Windows 10 ISO download page on Google Chrome. Click here to get directed to the page.
Step 2: Now, click on the ellipses (three dots) at the top right corner of your web browser, scroll down to More Tools, and select Developer Tools. You can also use the Ctrl+Shift+I shortcut to open Developer Tools directly.
Step 3: Now click on the ellipses on the Developer Tools panel, scroll down to More Tools, and select Network Conditions.
Step 4: Go to the User Agent section and untick the ‘Select Automatically’ box. In the selection box below, choose a non-Windows OS.
Step 5: Now, refresh the download page on Microsoft’s website. You will be able to download the Windows 10 ISO directly.
Step 7: Select the Windows edition you want from the drop-down box and confirm your choice.
Step 8: Choose your desired product language and confirm your selection.
Step 9: Choose whether you want to download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Windows 10 ISO file.
Step 10: Save the ISO file to your desktop.
This is how you can download a Windows 10 ISO file legally and for free without downloading the media creation tool. You can use this ISO image to install Windows on your computer. You can also use it to run Windows on a virtual machine or on a Mac. If you wish to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive, you will need to download the media creation tool first.
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