Microsoft Windows 10 is the newest and most reliable desktop operating system available today, designed to address many issues found in earlier versions. As such, it has proven itself a reliable and stable platform.
However, if you’re running on an operating system other than Windows it can be tricky to download an ISO file directly from Microsoft’s website. Luckily there are ways around this restriction.
How to Download
Windows 10, the successor to the highly unpopular Windows 8, has proven an enormously successful operating system for Microsoft. Boasting more than one billion installs to date, Windows 10 has reversed some of the damage done by its predecessor and become its most successful version yet.
Microsoft provides the Media Creation Tool as a free download, making creating installation media simple and hassle-free.
To do so, open a new tab and visit Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page. Press “Download tool now” and follow the on-screen instructions; once finished you will receive download links that expire after 24 hours allowing you to begin downloading an ISO file of Windows 10.
Method 1: Using Media Creation Tool
Microsoft provides Windows ISO files via its website but only allows downloads if you are running a Windows machine. To bypass this restriction, spoof your browser’s user agent to make it believe that you’re not on an actual Windows machine.
Once that’s completed, visit Microsoft’s Download Tool Page and choose “Download tool now.” After accepting their terms of service and clicking Next when prompted to do so, choose Upgrade This PC Now from the What Do You Want To Do dropdown list on that page.
Select “USB Flash Drive or DVD Installation Media,” and the tool will start downloading or creating the media, depending on your internet speed. When completed, you will have a bootable USB drive ready to install Windows 10 onto any computer – this process also works with Linux and Mac machines; though may take longer.
Method 2: Using Windows Update
If you use a non-Windows computer, you might be surprised to discover that Microsoft makes downloading Windows 10 ISO files fairly straightforward. Unfortunately, though, download links only remain active for 24 hours at a time – so be quick!
Start by opening a web browser and visiting Microsoft’s Windows 10 Download page. On that page, use the dropdown menu to choose your product language before clicking “Get Windows 10.” Finally, click the “Get Windows 10” button.
Downloading will begin automatically and once complete you will have an ISO file that can be used to make a bootable USB drive or DVD. Rufus can make this process even simpler as it will create the bootable media faster than Microsoft solutions while working with older versions of Windows as well as unsupported editions if necessary – though we do not advise updating to an unsupported OS version!
Method 3: Using a Third-Party Tool
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s flagship operating system and a reliable upgrade option for older versions of Windows, eliminating most of the problems that plagued its predecessor, Windows 8. Furthermore, this free upgrade provides faster performance compared to older OSes.
To obtain a Windows 10 ISO file, visit Microsoft Software Download Page. Select either 64-bit or 32-bit download buttons before selecting the language; your download should begin instantly.
Once the download is complete, using tools like Rufus or Ventoy you can make a bootable USB drive for installation purposes. Make sure that there is enough room on your PC or USB drive to accommodate installation files before proceeding; in addition, it would be prudent to back up any important files prior to beginning. It’s highly advised that 64-bit operating systems outperform 32-bit ones; these typically require at least 4GB RAM to function smoothly.