Microsoft Windows 10 is finally here, which it makes a “new era” for personal computing, according to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. It remains to be seen as to whether consumers and businesses around the globe will agree with his assessment of the operating system, but nevertheless to say that this Microsoft’s most unique and potentially impressive Windows release till date.
The majority of users would have already downloaded Windows 10 directly through ‘Windows Update’ as part of the free-of-charge upgrade process when it was available to public, but now that it isn’t, and for those in need of an fficial Windows 10 ISO file, we are here to guide them out.
To upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, you’ll need either a digital entitlement or a valid product key. Microsoft has clearly attempted to make sure that all bases are covered as far as installation options are concerned. The company has also started initiating pre-downloads of the operating system to registered PCs approximately 24-hours before the official launch in late June last year, well it does appear that some consumers would require an official ISO image of the Windows 10 platform whenever the need to manually install or reinstall (boot) the OS on a formated machine arises. The bootable ISO image will obviously allow for the creation of a USB flash drive or DVD to serve as an installation source.
Best of all, you don’t need any key to download the ISO media file from Microsoft. Just about anyone can download it officially from Microsoft as long as they have an Internet connection. It’s important to note that genuine Windows product key will be required for activation purposes during or after installation.
As part of this ISO file offering directly by Microsoft, the company has also created a relatively small check list of what’s actually required begenning the download:
- An active and reliable Internet connection.
- Enough storage space available on the computer being used to download the ISO.
- A blank USB storage device or enpty DVD with at least 4GB of space for the creation of media. Also be the requirement for a DVD burner if that’s your chosen medium. For tutorial: How To Create Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive – Dual-Boot [Guide].
- Make sure your PC meets al other Windows 1 installation requirements, you can check those here: How To Prepare Your PC For Windows 10 The Right Way [Guide].
- If doing a clean install, a genuine Windows product key will be required during installation process. Here’s a simple guide on clean installing Windows 10: How To Clean Install Windows 10 On Your PC The Right Way [Guide].
Now, here’s what you need to do.
Step 1: First visit Microsoft’s official Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO) download page here.
Step 2: Line on that download page, select your desired edition, as can be seen in the screenshot below.
Step 3: Once selected the edition, select your desired language, this too should look familiar to what can be seen in the screenshot below:
Step 4: You will get two options, to download in either 32-bit or 64-bit. Select the prefered option and then simply download it.
Not to get any simpler, and it’s great to see that Microsoft has attempted to cover all evenues with this Windows 10 release.
Update x1: The aforementioned method now works with the latest release of Windows 10 as well, that’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Update x2: It has been tested and confirmed that the above method of downloading ISO files now works for the latest Windows 10 Creators Update as well.
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