The latest version of the Windows 10- Windows 10 2004 was launched at the end of the May. However, it is still not available for many devices, because developers are still working on some compatibility issue.
There might be a time when you require an ISO file of the Windows 10 to create a bootable device and clean install Windows 10.
However, Microsoft officially does not provide a direct way to download the ISO file of the Windows 10. When you visit the Windows 10 download page, you would be prompt to download the Media Creation Tool. This Media Creation Tool would then guide you to get the ISO file.
This only happens when you try to download Windows 10 from a Windows system. Microsoft automatically detects your system OS and then force you. If you want to directly download the ISO file, without wasting your time on Media Creation Tool, then there are some tricks to bypass the Microsoft prompt’s and make it think that you are using other platform or OS to download the Windows 10.
In this guide, we would discuss the two ways by which you can download the Windows 10 ISO file without using Media Creation Tool.
Direct Download Windows 10 ISO File
Method 1: By Changing the Web-page View to Mobile Device
In this method, we would open the Windows 10 download page in the Mobile device environment using Chrome Developer Tools.
- On Google Chrome open the Microsoft Windows 10 download webpage.
- Right-click anywhere on the page and from the context menu, choose Inspect. This would open Developer tools.
- On the Developer Tools click on the “Toggle device toolbar” icon to change the webpage view from desktop to Android mobile device.
- Now without closing the Developer Tools, refresh the page.
- You would notice the webpage is changed and now you are getting an option of selecting the edition, instead of downloading the Media Creation Tool.
- Choose the Edition of Windows 10 you want to download as ISO file.
- Next, select the preferred language and hit Confirm.
- After selecting the language, now you would have the option to choose either a 32-bit or 64-bit version. Click on any of them, according to your device compatibility. Remember the download link would available only for 24 hours after the creation.
- After clicking on any of the options, the download of the ISO file would begin.
Method 2: By Changing the Operating System Environment
In this method, we would again use the Chrome Developer Tools, but this time we would change the browser’s OS environment to something other than Windows.
1. Open the Microsoft Windows 10 download webpage on Google Chrome.
2. Right-click anywhere to open the context menu and choose Inspect.
3. On Developer Tools, click on the three-dot to open the “Customize and control DevTools” drop-down menu.
4. From the list hover over More tools, and choose Network condition.
5. Under Network condition, uncheck Select automatically, and from the drop-down menu, select any OS environment other than Windows. Here “Chrome – Android Mobile” is chosen.
6. Refresh the page without closing the Developer Tools.
7. You would see the page is changed and the option to Select Edition appears.
8. Now from here, you can follow the steps explained in Method 1 to download the ISO file of Windows 10.
Choose any of the above two methods, and you would get the Windows 10 ISO file to create a bootable device. That is all you have to do. It is quite simple and straightforward instead of baffling Media Creation Tool.
The size of the Windows 10 ISO file varies from 3-4 GB. Depends on the edition, language, and the architecture(32-bit or 64-bit) you choose.
According to Microsoft, the media device should be at least 8 GB in size.
Yes the ISO file can be used for the recovery and troubleshooting purposes.
According to Microsoft, the Minimum Requirements for Windows 10 are:
Processor: 1 GHz
Memory (RAM): 1 GB (For 32-bit), 2 GB (For 64-bit)
Minimum Space: 32 GB Free Hard Disk Space
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.