Summary: Microsoft releases new ISO images of Windows 10 when a new version is released. These ISO images can be used for clean installs or for creating a bootable recovery environment. This article will show you two methods to download the latest Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft.
An ISO image is a copy of the Windows DVD stored as a single .iso file, which can be burned onto a DVD, made into a bootable USB, mounted as a drive in Windows, or extracted using 7-Zip. ISO images help create bootable media for recovery or clean installs of the latest Windows 10 and for making Windows 10 virtual machines using Hyper-V, VirtualBox, or VMware.
Check Your Current Windows 10 Version
Checking the Windows 10 version on your PC can be done quickly by typing “Winver.exe” into the Start/Taskbar search and hitting Enter.
Get the Latest Windows 10 ISO Images from Microsoft.
Method 1: Use the Media Creation Tool to Create an ISO
The latest Windows 10 ISO can be downloaded using the official Media Creation Tool. You can download 32-bit or 64-bit or both types of Windows 10 ISO. Media Creation Tool Download Windows 10 Version 22H2 (2022 Update) ISO now.
Complete the instructions below to download Microsoft’s latest version of Windows 10 ISO.
- Go to the Windows 10 Download page on your PC and click the Download tool now button to download the Media Creation Tool.
- Start the Media Creation Tool on your PC. Click the Accept button when you see the following screen.
- On the What would you want to do? Screen, click the Create installation media option. Then click the Next button to continue.
- Next, you will see the Language, Edition, and Architecture screen. Uncheck the Use the recommended option for this PC option, then select the language, architecture, and version you want to download. Remember, Microsoft bundles the Home and Professional editions of Windows 10 in one ISO. The installer will automatically install the correct version based on the license key previously installed in the Windows 10 version or BIOS.
- Click the Next button.
- Select the ISO file option and choose a location to save the ISO file.
- Last, click the Save button to start downloading the ISO image file.
- Depending on your network speed, the ISO may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to download to your PC.
- After the ISO image is prepared, the following screen will appear. To close the Media Creation Tool, click the Finish button.
At this point, you can use the Windows 10 ISO to prepare a bootable USB or bootable DVD.
Method 2: Download Windows 10 ISO via Chrome
To download a Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft’s website without using the Media Creation Tool or any other tool, follow these steps:
- Open Google Chrome on your computer and visit Microsoft Windows 10 Download page.
- Click the three-dots icon in the upper right corner of the Chrome window, and then select More Tools > Developer Tools from the pop-up menu to open the Developer Tools.
- Click on the Responsive menu and select iPad or iPad Pro and adjust the display scale.
- Right-click on the Windows 10 Download page and select Reload from the context menu to refresh the page.
- After the page has been refreshed, it displays Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO) file. Select a Windows 10 edition from the drop-down menu and click Confirm.
- Then, select the language and click Confirm.
- When displaying two Windows 10 ISO download buttons, namely 64-bit Download and 32-bit Download, click either download button.
- Then, choose where you want to save the 10 Windows ISO files, and the download will begin immediately.
What Should You do with the ISO?
The latest Windows 10 ISO image can now be utilized in various ways. It can be mounted on virtual machines to upgrade or install Windows 10. You can also extract the ISO to access a specific Windows system file.
By creating a bootable Windows 10 USB or DVD, you can perform a clean install of the operating system, wiping all previous data and starting fresh. This is useful for fixing issues or improving performance.
A bootable Windows 10 USB can also serve as a recovery environment for fixing malware and resolving crashes, bugs, and freezes in Windows 10.
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