There may be times when you need the Windows 10 ISO file to do a clean install or setup a virtual machine. Here’s how to download it.
Sometimes you want may want to do a clean installation of Windows 10 on your PC. Reasons you might want to do it is if you just bought a PC and it contains a lot of bloatware from the manufacturer and you want to start fresh. Or you might have a computer with an older version of Windows on it. Whatever the reason you want to perform a clean install you’ll need the ISO image. Then you can make a Windows 10 bootable USB drive or DVD or install it on a virtual machine. Here’s how to download it from Microsoft.
Download a Windows 10 ISO
To download the image file, you’ll need to go to Microsoft’s website. From there, under the “Create Windows 10 Installation Media” section click the “Download tool now” button. That will download the media creation tool.
Run the tool and accept the EULA to kick off the wizard. When it starts check “Create installation media…” and click Next.
Next, select the language, architecture, and edition of Windows 10 you want to download. The options will be grayed out unless you uncheck the box next to “Use the recommended options for this PC” and click Next.
After that, select ISO file and click Next.
Then choose a location to download the ISO on your computer and click Save.
Then wait while your Windows 10 ISO is downloaded. The file is around 4.5GB and the amount of time it takes will depend on your data connection speed.
After the Windows 10 ISO file has downloaded to the location you chose a link to the location will show up on the tool so you can open it directly. Or just click the Finish button to close out of the media creation tool.
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