The Windows 10 ISO files you can download from Microsoft’s website are meant to be installed on your computer through the media creation tools provided by the company, but this process isn’t very user-friendly and you may want to download an ISO file directly to your computer’s hard drive. In this article, we will tell you how to do it and the possible downsides of this method.
You must be an administrator
Before you can download a Windows 10 ISO file, you must be an administrator on your PC. To check if you are an administrator, open the Control Panel and click on User Accounts. If you see Administrator next to your name, then you are an administrator. If not, you will need to ask an administrator to give you permission. You should also know that when you download an ISO file, it is always best to burn it onto a disc so that you have the original copy of Windows 10 (or whatever OS) in case something happens. You can use any blank DVD or CD-R as long as it is not damaged or scratched up too much.
Download the Media Creation Tool
- Go to Microsoft’s website.
- Scroll down and click on Download tool now.
- Run the downloaded .exe file.
- Click Accept when prompted.
- Choose Create installation media for another PC and then click Next.
- Select your preferred language, edition, and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) and then click Next.
- Choose whether you want to create installation media for USB or ISO and then click Next.
Run it as an administrator
- Right-click on the Media Creation Tool executable and select Run as administrator.
- If you see a User Account Control prompt, click Yes.
- On the What do you want to do? page, select Create installation media for another PC and then click Next.
- On the Select which media to use page, choose whether you want to create a USB flash drive or an ISO file, and then click Next.
- If you chose an ISO file in the previous step, on the Save As page, choose where you want to save the ISO file, enter a name for it, and then click Save.
Choose Create installation media for another PC
When you want to create installation media for another PC, you don’t need the Media Creation Tool. All you need is a blank USB drive or DVD (and a DVD burner, if you’re going that route) and an ISO file of Windows 10. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way.
- Go to Microsoft’s website and download the Windows 10 ISO file.
- Choose whether you want the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10. The more memory your computer has, the more likely it is that you should choose 64-bit.
- Find a USB drive or DVD
- Click Save
- On the Save As screen, type in a name for your ISO file and then click Save
- The next window will show you where the ISO file was saved
- Click Next
- Insert a blank disc into your disc drive
Select language and edition
You can now download the Windows 10 ISO directly from Microsoft, which you can then use to create bootable media or install the operating system directly on your PC. Here’s how:
- Go to the Microsoft Software Download page.
- Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now.
- Run the tool, and select Create installation media for another PC.
- Select either USB flash drive or ISO file, choose language and edition (Home/Pro), type in any product key if necessary (Windows 7 is automatically detected), and click Next.
- Select a USB flash drive if you want to create an installation disk; otherwise, select ISO file to create an image that can be used with virtual machines or other purposes.
Select which drive you want to install on Section
In order to install Windows 10 from an ISO file, you’ll need to select which drive you want to install it on. This can be done by clicking on the Storage option in the left sidebar. Then, click on the drives option and select the drive you want to install Windows 10 on. Finally, click on the Next button.
The installation will begin and Windows 10 will start installing onto your computer. Once the installation is complete, click on Finish to restart your computer and log into your new copy of Windows 10! If you have any questions about this process or the tutorial itself, please leave them in the comments below.