Download Latest Windows 10 Setup ISO for Clean Install or Upgrade

UPDATE: The Media Creation Tool now downloads the latest Windows 10 Creators Update build 15063 (Version 1703).

Finally the day has come when Windows 10 is being delivered to public for download and free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems.

Windows 10 Now Available for Download and Free Upgrade

If you are using genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 OS in your computer, you'll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The free upgrade will be done with the help of a small app "Get Windows 10" which sits in Taskbar notification area. It'll automatically download Windows 10 setup files on your computer and will notify you once the download completes. After that you can install Windows 10 in your computer.

Things You Should Know and Do Before Upgrading to Windows 10

But there are many users who don't have "Get Windows 10" app in their computers. To fix the issue, we have posted a troubleshooting guide at following link:

[Fix] "Get Windows 10" Upgrade App Icon is Missing in Taskbar

But if you still can't see the app and its icon, then you'll be unable to take advantage of free Windows 10 upgrade offer. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a Media Creation Tool to download Windows 10 setup ISO files as well as to create installation media such as bootable USB drive or DVD.

This tool will help you in downloading the correct Windows 10 edition and type such as 32-bit or 64-bit.

You can download the official tool from following link:

Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

[Tip] Get Direct Download Links of Windows 10 Offline ISO Files from Microsoft

After downloading the setup files of Windows 10 using this tool, you can upgrade your existing OS to Windows 10 or you can create bootable USB drive or DVD to install Windows 10 later. You can also save the setup files in offline ISO file format if you wish.


Once you create installation media or save ISO file, you can use them to install Windows 10 in other computers as well.

NOTE: If you upgrade your existing Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 using this tool, then you can use the bootable USB drive or DVD or ISO created by this tool to perform clean installation of Windows 10. But if you don't upgrade existing OS to Windows 10 and try to direct install Windows 10 using bootable USB drive or DVD, it'll ask for Windows 10 product key which you'll not have obviously.

So first upgrade your existing Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 so that it can be successfully activated by Microsoft servers. After that you can perform a clean installation. If you do this, product key will still be asked at installation time but you can skip the key and Windows will be automatically activated by Microsoft after installation.

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PS: This Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is same as Windows 8.1 Media Creation Tool:

Official Tool to Download Windows 8.1 Setup ISO and Create Installation Media


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  • Will upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using the ISO file result in a copy of windows that requires activation? Purchase?

  • This is very dangerous to download using this tool, if the connection get interrupted at 99.99% i will get a heart attack. because the download will be aborted and 4gb will be wasted and again i will be forced to start the download from begining and the same thing will repeat forever.

  • No key is needed if having preinstalled Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. It will detect your key from motherboard if your machine came from preinstalled Windows. Preinstalled Windows 8 user can directly perform clean installation from ISO.

  • I tried the media creation tool my windows 8.1 is genuine i wanted to upgrade quickly to windows 10 without the wait now it wont activate it on windows 10 i did all the correct steps.

  • I done everything like Ben says, but won't activate win 10 at all. Genuine win 8.1 pro 64.

  • Here we go once again on the Microsoft merry go round and the best they can come up with is do a clean boot and try again and again and again and yet again...

    The Media Creation Tool is yet another Microsoft Joke - methinks you people do it on purpose.

    Easy to make something that doesn't work - how about something that actually works or will we have to wait until the first SP1??

    Get off your backsides Microsoft - this issue should have been solved before Win 10 was released but no - release it and mess the users about AGAIN!

    You lot are a total waste of space - can you feel the frustration?

  • This tool is not upgrading Windows and closing with "SOMETHING HAPPENED" message, whenever I have tried to upgrade through first option "Upgrade this PC now".

    Your help will be highly appreciated.

  • I clicked "Upgrade this PC now" and then "Next" then the loading icon shows up then it closes automatically. Now I don't know what happened.

  • It says something happened and I'm forced to close it.

  • VG

    Check following:

  • I thank a lot you guys (askvg)
    I had mistakenly reseted windows 8.1 pro and all updates are gone when I try to install it gives some error. Thank You!!!

  • When I started to upgrading from Win 8.1 Pro 64bit to Win 10, after copyng files and started installation of drivers and features, setup process stucking at 48%. After restarting, Bios detecting of hard disc for that installation, disappear. After manually restarting and started again without other HDD, everything start normaly, but after that, setup process started restoring previosly version of Windows and after that show setup window with this error:"0xC190010 - 0x3000D The installation failed in the FIRST_BOOT phase with an error during migrate data operation."

  • I'm downloading Win10pro ISO through Media creation tool and its 3 hour's and above rite now and done only 24% my internet speed is 1mbps to 2mbps. I think it's going very slow.

  • Windows 10 Media Creation Tool does not start under Wndows 8.1
    an idea? I try on PLUSIEUR Machine ... nothing works under Windows 7


  • Is it possible to get Windows 10 Pro license key after upgrade?

    Because I have reserved free upgrade on a defected Lenovo notebook having Windows 8.1 Pro With Media Centre Pack upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium. Now after upgrade, I wish to perform clean install of Windows 10 Pro on my second Compaq Presario notebook.

    Your help will be highly appreciated.

  • According to the Microsoft, when I upgrade a preinstalled (OEM) or retail version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 license to Windows 10, does that license remain OEM or become a retail license?

    If you upgrade from a OEM or retail version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to the free Windows 10 upgrade this summer, the license is consumed into it. Because the free upgrade is derived from the base qualifying license, Windows 10 will carry that licensing too.

    If you upgrade from a retail version, it carries the rights of a retail version.
    If you upgrade from a OEM version, it carries the rights of a OEM version.

    Full version (Retail):

    - Includes transfer rights to another computer.
    - Doesn't require a previous qualifying version of Windows.
    - Expensive

    Upgrade version (Retail):

    - Includes transfer rights to another computer.
    - require a previous qualifying version of Windows.
    - Expensive, but cheaper than full version

    OEM :

    OEM versions of Windows are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

    - OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel
    - OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on
    - OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard
    - OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

    What happens if I change my motherboard?

    As it pertains to the OEM licenses this will invalidate the Windows 10 upgrade license because it will no longer have a previous base qualifying license which is required for the free upgrade. You will then have to purchase a full retail Windows 10 license. If the base qualifying license (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1) was a full retail version, then yes, you can transfer it.

    From the end user license agreement:

    15. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.

    17. TRANSFER TO ANOTHER COMPUTER. a. Software Other than Windows Anytime Upgrade. You may transfer the software and install it on another computer for your use. That computer becomes the licensed computer. You may not do so to share this license between computers.

  • Direct download Links:

    Windows 10 Home & Pro 32bit

    Windows 10 Home & Pro 64bit

  • Does it download the Retail version of Windows?

  • hello VG,
    can u please tell me whether my windows 10 will get activated if I use iso image of windows 10 and directly run it from my registered windows 8.1 update 1 please tell me the procedure step by step.

    I didn't yet upgraded to windows 10.

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 using ISO, Windows 10 will be activated. When you run the setup.exe file, select upgrade option. Thats it.

  • When I started to upgrading from Win 8.1 Pro 64bit to Win 10, downloading Win10pro ISO through Media creation tool and its 48 hour's and done only 0 %.
    I done all steps from article =result null.
    Win 8.1 licensed and activated.
    Help wanted....

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

  • can i use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to upgrade for free, if im eligble for the free upgrade?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes.

  • I downloaded the tool and selected 'upgrade this PC' but there is no progress.It is staying at 0% for forever.Can someone help?

  • If you don't have every single current update on your Win 7 or 8 PC, and try the Win 10 upgrade via the Win 10 Media Creation Tool (MCT), then you will get stuck on the "updates" section of MCT's upgrade process and it will sit at 0% while downloading the Win 7 or 8 missing updates instead of the current Win 10 ones. Even if all are finally downloaded, it will still sit at 0% forever until you quit the program. You'll then see that you have to install the old OS updates, and start ALL OVER AGAIN! wasting much time. Proper steps are to FIRST make sure you have all Win 7 or 8 current updates, and do it more than once as the updates have been known to install in batches quite often. Once that's done then use the MCT to UPGRADE to Win 10, and it will take somewhere around an hour, more or less depending upon your internet speed, and it will work. I've done this already on several Win 7 PCs without a hitch. But I learned the hard way after monkeying around for 24 hours or more on my first try. You can create the ISO from the Win10 MCT but do not use it to install Win 10 over an existing genuine Win 7 or 8 installation. You MUST do the upgrade FIRST if you want a clean install eventually, otherwise you end up either buying the Win 10 COA or reinstalling the old OS and wasting more time. It's not that Microsoft made a defective update tool, just that they are lousy in explaining the peculiarities of how it should properly be used.

  • Hey VG, can I update my win 8 to win 10 with the iso without upgrading to 8.1 as my laptop refuses to check for update (trying to fix since 10 was released, but no luck). It showed upgrade to 8.1, but failed to install it after downloading the whole package.
    If yes, is it necessary to use the MCT to get activated?

  • VG

    ^^ I have not tried to direct upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10 using ISO. But it might work. Can't confirm.

  • How to fetch serial key / activation key for upgraded Windows 10. It will help to clean install Windows 10 next time.

  • VG

    ^^ Windows 10 doesnt use the product key activation method when you upgrade. Your machine ID and previous OS product key are bound together to create activation code at Microsoft servers. Once you successfully upgrade and activate Windows 10, you can always reinstall Windows 10 on same computer and it'll activate automatically.

    Check following:

  • I have windows 8.1 installed and my windows 10 upgrade is reserved. I had used media creation tool to upgrade my pc, but due to slow internet connection I was unable to perform the download. I am having an iso image file of windows 10.
    can I use the iso file to upgrade to windows 10? or whether my windows 10 will get activated or not after installation?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. You can. Just extract the ISO file using 7-Zip or any other utility and run Setup.exe file. When the setup runs, select upgrade option.

  • Method 1, CLean install windows 10 without Upgrading first.

    It is my understanding while running Windows 10 Setup in Windows 7/8/8.1, you can do a Clean install with the windows 10 ISO or from the ISO loaded on the USB, and instead of picking upgrade when running setup from inside your existing operating system, you can pick, DO NOTHING, and it will perform an Clean Install and be activated. Also, you should make sure you have your personal FILES backed up.

    Method 2, Clean Install windows 10 without upgrading first.

    Mount the ISO and copy gatherosstate.exe from the sources folder to desktop and run it to create a GenuineTicket.xml file on desktop and save GenuineTicket.xml to your flash drive.

    Now you can clean boot from USB/DVD and install Windows 10 Clean on your HDD, but make sure you back up your personal files first. I usually just move my files to a folder in the root directory and then boot from the DVD or USB to clean install.

    When it asks for a key, SKIP that part, and do not enter a key in. After the install is complete, copy the GenuineTicket.xml file from your USB drive to your computer's folder GenuineTicket located in this path C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

    Reboot your computer and it should be genuine.

  • My Dell 1545 laptop was updated from retail win7 home premium. I was just getting along fine with it until suddenly yesterday MS desided to run the update on win 10; now I cannot logon, so my laptop is just a brick!. But safety was at hand, in win 7 I dual booted with Linux Ubuntu 15.04
    My question is this; if I re-install win 10 via iso file from usb, will I loose all my other installed software & DATA. & will it affect my Ubuntu Grub prog that gives the win/Ubuntu option?

    Francis McCaffery.

  • VG

    ^^ If you select upgrade option, it'll repair the OS and will not remove installed software. But if you do a clean install, it'll remove the programs.

    Regarding Linux boot loader, ye, it'll remove it as well. You'll need to reinstall Grub loader using Linux setup disc.

  • Hi VG,

    Is there a way to clean install and activate without upgrading first? Some time back, I remember reading one of your post that it is possible, but not on the latest build.

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • Vidyasagar Gupta or ANYONE: Exactly HOW do I upgrade my Windows 8 to 10? I could never install Windows 8.1 properly.

  • Hello VG
    I've got an issue. I have a PC with the Win 7 Pro OEM Key label stuck on the casing, along with the key of course. I decided to clean install using the TH2 iso created from the media creation tool. However, I've tried several times, but it's refusing to recognise the OEM key as a valid one on the Win 10 Pro installation.
    Anything I might have missed?

  • VG

    ^^ Since your key is OEM. I'll advise you to first upgrade existing Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 so that it gets activated successfully. After that you can perform clean install again. Of course it'll take extra time but that should work.

  • Hi!
    i bought used computer with unactivated windows7 and i dont know the product keys of that window. Can i upgrade without buying new windows7 pakage?

  • VG

    ^^ No. You need a genuine and activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 OS to free upgrade to Windows 10.

  • I downloaded windows 10. It worked but it was more of a canival than a computer.I then clicked on go back to 7. Now I can no longer get on line. My computer cannot find the dial up modem . This is being sent by an old computer.

  • The latest Win10 Media creation tool is 10.0.10586.35

  • Hi, I've been dealing with some random error at clean install.
    In some pc's it runs smoothly, but in others some NTLDR is missing press Ctrl+Alt+Del
    an cannot go further.

    I've tried to change bootmgr name to NTLDR as some youtube videos says, but it doesn't help.
    Anyone has been passed for the same?


  • Hey VG !!

    i used this tool to download Windows 10 32-bit & 64-Bit and when i was selecting architecture, i found there was 3 options : 1. 32-Bit, 2. 64-Bit, 3. Both. I selected both and guess what i got ??

    i got an ISO image containing 32-bit+64-bit in a single ISO image. ??
    the image is using .esd files rather than .wim files and when i select boot from USB, at first screen, i have to select the architecture i want to install in a Legacy Styled Boot Menu.

    Both in 5.48GB ISO Image, Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Compatible and 100% Legitmate.

  • FYI, at the Microsoft Download Page, i selected "Download Tool Now" option just below the "Important" note message box.

  • Hello VG
    Any fix of being able to use the Media Creation Tool on a network bound by a proxy server? Currently the proxy server is denying access to the download of the Win 10 ISO file after having chosen the language and version to download...

  • VG

    ^^ You can download using following method:

  • Hello.

    Are I understand right that if I buy new laptop without Windows pre-installed, I cant install W10 at all? So if my laptop game from shop with Linux, first I need install W7 and then can get W10?

  • VG

    ^^ You can purchase Windows 10 from Microsoft store. If you have genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, you can install it and then upgrade it to Windows 10 for free.

  • My Windows 7 OS is registered for free upgrade to Windows 10. I did upgrading my Laptop months ago but I didn't satisfy as my NVIDIA Graphic card was not recognized. So I wish to Dual Boot Win 10 OS with Win 7 OS hoping such errors with Win 10 might get solved in the future. So I'm going for partition of my C Drive & install Win 10 in the new partition so I can Dual Boot. Would that activate my Win 10 OS installed in the new partitioned drive? If not by itself shall I use the product key of my Win 7 OS for activating Win 10. Would that work? Someone please reply.

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. Now you can activate Windows 10 using your product key of genuine and activated Windows 7/8.1 OS.

  • hey is it possible to create own window 10 usb copy from another window 10 system

  • If my windows update on my win 7 is broken (I have tried to fix it, it apparently needs a clean install to fix) can I upgrade to 10? I have tried and get the exact same update error. Do I have to clean install my 7 and THEN upgrade? Error 0x80070057 is the problem and all the "fixes" have failed.

  • VG

    ^^ If you have the product key or your Windows 7 and Windows 7 was successfully activated on your machine, you can try to clean install Windows 10 on your machine and then activate it using Windows 7 product key.

  • i installed windows 10 on my pc but some of my programs don't want to open and it opened when i had windows 7.When i want to install programs it gives me the error that says:File System error(-1073741819).How can i fix this? I do not have internet.

  • VG

    ^^ It might be possible that the program is not compatible with Windows 10. You can try to run the setup in compatibility mode.

  • Careful when using Windows 10.

    While it works for some people, other people report that Windows 10 automatically deletes files without warning, including:

    1: Speccy
    2: CPU-Z
    3: HWMonitor
    4: CCleaner
    5: Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver
    6: AMD Catalyst Control Center
    7: Certain PDF viewers
    8: Certain AntiVirus apps

    Some people had no problems, while others noticed these files would suddenly vanish without warning.

    If you use Windows 10:

    1: Backup everything you use, to at least 2x external devices.
    2: Ensure you never allow Windows 10 to access 1 of the devices.

    W10 alternatives:
    Windows: XP/Vista/7/8
    Linux: Linux Mint, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Elementary OS

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