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

UPDATE: The download links given in this topic now download the new Windows 10 November Update build 10586 (Version 1511).

We know that Microsoft has released Windows 10 operating system to public and Windows 7/8.1 users can free upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 Now Available for Download and Free Upgrade

To help users in upgrading to Windows 10, Microsoft has released 2 apps:

But both of these tools are actually online installers of Windows 10 which download Windows 10 ISO files from Microsoft servers in background and if something goes wrong in the middle, you need to restart the whole process again and re-download the full ISO file of Windows 10. Many users have faced such kind of problems in downloading Windows 10 setup files using these tools.

[Fix] "Something Happened" Error Message in Windows 10 Upgrade

Also by using these tools, you can't download the ISO file directly using any 3rd party download manager software which means you can't pause and resume the download.

Today in this topic we are going to share a very easy to use tip which can allow you to direct download Windows 10 offline ISO files from Microsoft servers legally. Yes, you heard it right. Today's article will help you in getting direct download links of Windows 10 ISO from official Microsoft website.

Actually there is a separate webpage at Microsoft website which allows users to download Windows 10 disc image (ISO files) for offline installation in various computers. But this webpage automatically redirects to Media Creation Tool download page, if you try to open it on a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC.

To overcome this issue, you can open the webpage link in a PC having a different operating system such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS or any Linux distro. If you open the link in a PC having any OS other than Windows 7 or 8.1, the webpage will not redirect and you'll get the original webpage containing direct download links of Windows 10 offline ISO files.

You can also try to open the link in any mobile phone and it'll not redirect.

Also if you are using Google Chrome web browser, press F12 key to open Chrome Developer Tools and then click on small mobile phone icon present near the magnifying glass icon. It'll switch to mobile device mode. Now open the URL link and it'll not redirect.

If you are using Internet Explorer web browser, press F12 key to open Developer Tools and then click on Emulation tab and select "Windows Phone" from "Browser Profile" drop-down box. Now open the URL link and it'll not redirect.

Redirect Web page Screenshot:

Windows_10_Media_Creation_Tool_Page.png

Original Web page Screenshot:

Windows_10_ISO_Download_Page.png

The webpage link is as following:

Direct Download Windows 10 Offline ISO Files (Disc Images)

Alternate Download Link (thanks to WildByDesign for sharing it)

Once you open the link, you can select the desired Windows 10 edition from following available options:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 KN
  • Windows 10 N
  • Windows 10 Single Language

Each Windows 10 edition ISO file contains both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro versions, so you can install both Home or Pro version of Windows 10 using a single ISO in your PC.

Once you select desired Windows 10 edition from the drop-down box on the webpage, it'll ask you to select your language. If you get confused between English and International English language options, English is for EN-US edition and English International is for EN-GB edition.

That's it. You'll get direct download links of both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) editions of selected Windows 10 edition on next page.

If you opened the webpage in a mobile phone, you can copy and send the direct download links to your PC and then you can start downloading the ISO files on your PC without any problem.

NOTE: Please note that these direct download links are valid for 24 hours only from the time of creation. So download within the 24 hours otherwise the links will expire.

A huge thanks goes to our reader "RKO" for sharing this tip...





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  • Nope, it's not working - it redirects me to the Media Creation tool site. Maybe it's region specific, but from Croatia, Europe i can't get direct iso download site.

  • VG

    ^^ I have checked it in many computers. Always worked. Make sure you open the link in a PC having OS other than Windows 7 and 8.1. The link will redirect to Media Creation Tool if you open it on a Windows 7/8.1 PC. You can also try to open the link in a smartphone.

  • Yohooooooooo!!! Worked like a charm. Thank u so much............

    Now downloading Windows 10 ISO using IDM. :D

  • I've tried it in XP, but it redirects me.
    I'll try with OS X and Linux in virtual machines now. :))

  • OK ,it works now in other XP in virtual machine. I only picked download links, sent them to Windows 7 host and it works.

    Oh yes: You also can't download it from fully upgraded Windows 10 either.

  • Real ISO link is here: microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/techbench

  • Thanks @WildByDesign

  • AWESOME!!! Thank you very much.... the second link works!!!

  • thanks WildByDesign!!!

  • Am I the only one in the unverse to have this difficulty?
    That Media Creation Tool will not open. Left click, right click, double click...nothing happens. It asks if I want to install it, I say Yes, and then just goes back to the desktoop. Restarted the computer, cleared all running programs, etc., still nothing.

  • On that download page, what is the difference between Windows 10 "English" and Windows 10 "Single Language" English? Also what are Windows 10 "KN" and "K" ?

    WHICH to chose, if you are in USA?
    Any help appreciated.

  • Thanks sir

  • Thank you so much.. I was searching this a lot..

  • You're most welcome :)

  • VG what is difference between Windows 10 , KN , N , single language edition?
    Single language means just only one language in it. Is it less in size than other edition? If so how much? And are other plane , n , kn multi language editions ?

  • "N" for Europe and "KN" for Korea, these editions include all the base features of the operating system but without Windows Media Player and related technologies pre-installed

  • Where should i find "Upgrade program script ISO" as mentioned in techbench usb creation file.

  • Thank you so much!
    I am downloading it from my PC which has .... win7 ultimate...can't believe it :)

  • Hai VG.I have a PC with 2 GB ram,amd sampron 2.7 GHz processor.500 gb hdd.I have installed windows 10 pro.When i play a video which is more than 720p and formats like mkv mp4,video doesnot play properly!in any player like KMplayer built in Media player ,VLC etc.Also CPU ulltimate in thesame pc and I did not had any problems!!Video was playing properly!and also cpu usage was normal.Is there any solution Pls!!! help me.

  • good work (Y) <3 awesome

  • There is a simpler way to get the ISO page in your Windows 7 / Windows 8/8.1 Computer without going through using another OS. The page check your user agent (UA) to see if you're in Windows 7 or 8/8.1 so if you change your user agent (UA) it will not redirect you to Media Creation Tool and its easy to change your user agent (UA)

    Step 0 : Copy the URL microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
    Step 1 : Open Chrome Developer Tool (press F12).
    Step 2 : press the phone icon near the magnifying glass icon.
    Step 3: Chose iPad or any device you like from the drop down menu.
    Step 4: paste the URL above and Press Enter.
    Step 5 : voila! Chose the Version you want and start Downloading

    I hope this Help someone get the ISO without the fuss of getting another OS.
    Best Regards , Moneef

  • So i downloaded ISO and installed it. To my surprise it never asked me which edition (Home or Pro) I wanted to install. Ended up with Home edition installed on my PC but I wanted PRO. BTW it was a clean install. Any suggestions ? @VG

  • If you want to download the ISO without going through a lot of trouble, WildByDesign and Moneef offered a great way to do so.

    I am a Windows Insider, would this ISO work for us insiders? Or, do these ISOs differ from Insider builds? I know there's a tool for "creating" an ISO for us Insiders, but if this ISO will work for us too, I'll just download it instead.

    Thanks

  • Or just need open that link in chrome, press F12 and choose mobile device mode :D It works
    Sorry for my bad english !

  • i.imgur.com/BkVq2x0.png

    Help! When I press "OK" nothing happens.

  • Thank's for your help, your tricks finaly working. You not believe i just yestarday contact with microsoft customer care for downloading/installing win 10 . After end of chat they told me, it not possible to upgrade / download. Thank you so much.

  • Trick with F12 also works with Internet Explorer. I try this on my Windows 8.1 and successfully download Windows 10 iso image. Just press F12, choose emulation tab, and choose Windows phone as browser profile, That's all.

  • hi
    i tried to download windows 10, 64 architecture using media creation tool. it downloaded almost about 5.6GB but its not in shape of ISO file moreover it got downloaded in C drive instead of E drive where i had chosen. now since it is not in shape of ISO file it is not getting through burn also.
    what to do??????? any help
    thanks

  • hi
    what is Windows 10 Tech Bench Upgrade Program

  • I'm trying to upgrade Windows 10 in Windows 8.1 Genuine use Setup from iso file. Do I have to enter a product key even though I was previously using the original Windows 8.1?
    thanks

  • I have downloaded an iso (Windows 10 Single language iso).
    Now how to upgrade my laptop running on W8.1 Single Language? I have reserved for W10 using the Get W10 app in my Lap. So kindly help me how to upgrade my laptop?
    Thanks in advance.

  • VG

    ^^ Extract the ISO file using 7-Zip or WinRAR and then run setup.exe file. Follow the instructions and it'll upgrade your Windows to Windows 10.

  • I am stuck on 99% download! Why WHy WHy???? :(

  • Could you please tell me the difference of the regular "Windows 10" and "Windows 10 N"? What does that "N" means?

  • VG

    ^^ N and KN editions are made for the EU market and the Korean Market respectively. They do not include Windows Media Player, Music, Video, Voice Recorder and Skype.

  • So, if I live in Poland then I can get the "full house" and download the regular one with Polish language.

  • Alternate links worked great. Thank you!!!!!

  • thx so much this post help people like me who got very slow connection

  • thanks sir

  • I've seen two options on the Windows 10 (English) ISO files' download page as English and English International. So, which should i download ? i have windows 8.1 single language which has english us

  • I tried your trick an got the direct link but confused to choose lanuage i.e English or Enlish International please tell me about the difference between these two

  • VG

    ^^ English is EN-US and English International is EN-GB.

  • I tried to download the iso file.
    The page shows options for downloading iso's .
    But on clicking on any iso it says validating your request and then shows error saying there is some error while validating.

  • Thans a lot man here in pakistan power problem and i tried with upgrade and mediacreationtool when computer goes off, restart everthing gone now with your guide all going very well thanks a lot bro

  • I have windows 8.1 single language with english us so which version should i download
    English or English international ?

  • I have upgraded successfully to Win 10 and it is activated...Now i want to do a clean install

    Can i use the techbench ISO to do so???

    Bcz it works on hardware identification after installation to activate , will it do the same as Media Creation Tool ISO???

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. If you have activated Windows 10 once in your device, it'll always activate itself in future installations on the same device.

    @kedar
    English.

  • i have downloaded windows 10 single language how to activate product key

  • How to activate windows 10? where I can get the product key? Help me please

  • VG

    You just need an already activated Windows 7 or 8.1 computer and upgrading to Windows 10 will automatically activate it.

  • thanks wildbydesign... downloading iso file via IDM. windows update and that stupid windows button on my taskbar downloads the windows 10 file very slow(even though i have an extremely fast internet connection 5MBps actual download speed via IDM), and the fact that the downloaded file stops from time to time, and when its ready to install, windows update says installation failed, tried to restart my laptop over and over again but still getting the same result, now i could manually install it on my laptop. will update after installing this..

  • I downloaded the ISO file onto a USB stick, then it burned to a disk (DVD), however when i run the setup application (even as administrator) i get the question about allowing the change, (yes) a small windows logo pops on screen and then dissapeares and nothing happens. Am i doing something wrong? Running W7 home edition

  • I have another information to download the iso image by pausing and continuing it on next day.
    Actually the link is valid for only 24 hours. My internet connection is slow. I used FDM to download the iso, first day I paused it to only 314 mb and on next day when I tried to continue the download, it did not worked.
    Next I go to the download site and repeated the download procedure, this time download started from 0bytes. I copied this new download URL and pasted it to my last paused download content, updated the new URL and then started the download. So last download started from 314mb----> ---->. Its working.

  • Hey guys, I'm having this difficulty too: where can I find and download the "Upgrade program script ISO" as mentioned in TechBench USB creation file?

  • Great! I can download Win10 using IDM!
    But, if I have trouble with Win10. Can I uninstall this update easily?

  • Great Help...
    it solves problem of no resume that happens if u are using media creation tool.
    thanks askvg.com

  • I was able to get all the pages using the links provide.

    And if you use F12, DEV MODE on Chrome and IE to emulate the cell phone, then you will get a similar page as the TECHBENCH page where as it issues you a link.

  • Really helpful and great guide thank u very much for identifying and telling the glitch

  • It worksss.. Thanks a Lot.....

  • Seems the cert for the h t t p s://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads is not a secure connection. Both Firefox and Chrome complain:

    This server could not prove that it is windows.microsoft.com; its security certificate is from *.windows.microsoft.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration or an attacker intercepting your connection.

  • You indicate in the article "Each Windows 10 edition ISO file contains both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro versions, so you can install both Home or Pro version of Windows 10 using a single ISO in your PC."

    How does one select either Home or Pro if one is doing a clean install outside of Windows?

  • @Dhruv - Same thing here. Was running 10 Pro, got the ISO via Media Creation Tool and clean installed. No option to choose Home or Pro. It just installed Home.

  • I downloaded the ISOs via both means to my Windows7 machine. The one via the new media creation tool Home_Pro 64 bit is 5.48 GB (5,891,162,112 bytes) while the ISO for English one off the alternate link is 3.74 GB (4,017,000,448 bytes). why is the alternate link one 1.8GB smaller? Does the alternate link actually have Pro and Home in it?

    A post elsewhere in this thread got Home installed and did not have any opportunity to install Pro on the machine. This experience is also what a friend discovered when he used the same ISO to do a clean install of Windows10 on his existing Windows10 Pro machine. He got Windows10 Home installed after booting off the installer media.

    According to your article "Each Windows 10 edition ISO file contains both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro versions, so you can install both Home or Pro version of Windows 10 using a single ISO in your PC."

  • VG

    ^^ Media Creation Tool always creates a new ISO file using the ESD file so its size will always be different from the ISO file downloaded from alternate Techbench link.

    Regarding Home edition issue, please check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/fix-cant-select-windows-10-pro-edition-during-clean-installation/

  • Hello

    What is the difference in Windows 10 EN-US x64 ISO downloaded from one of the following addresses?

    1. microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
    2. microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/techbench

    Because the downloaded ISO file size is 3.2 GB by Media Creation Tool and 3.74 GB through the Direct Link.

    Thanks

  • VG

    ^^ Media creation tool creates ISO file using ESD file on the other hand direct download link downloads ISO file with Install.WIM file.

  • The link provided clearly states "These downloads cannot be used to update Windows 10 PCs to the November update (Version 1511)."

  • VG

    ^^ There is something going on at Microsoft side. They have recently replaced new build 10586 ISO files with previous build 10240. Now all links download RTM build 10240. Thats why they have added that line on the page. Lets wait for some official information from Microsoft.

  • he November update was originally available via the MCT (Media Creation Tool), but the company decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. People can still download Windows 10 [Build 10240] using the MCT tool if they wish. The November update will be delivered via Windows Update.

    Microsoft has not pulled the Windows 10 November 10 update. The company is rolling out the November update over time – if you don’t see it in Windows Update, you will see it soon.

  • The Media Creation tool for build 10586 is still available in MS servers with no official mentions, it can be downloaded by the following link (until MS removes it):

    download.microsoft.com/download/1/C/4/1C41BC6B-F8AB-403B-B04E-C96ED6047488/MediaCreationTool.exe

    But no luck with the ISO file, I heard that it is still available in Chinese Servers, but have no idea of how to download it.

  • MCT and ISO build 10586 download is back in links above.

  • Moneef u r best.

    Every body to follow his instructions.

  • microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/techbench

    @Anil, Using this link is best for business

  • Superb Guys, special thanks to Moneef etc
    M$ has really turned against its Desktop users. It will come to regret it one day.

  • Thanx bro... it worked...

  • Hi, I'm downloading the windows 10 right now and my bandwidth would take the download to complete after 30 hours or so.. So just need to confirm that the Microsoft site said that the link will expire in 24 hrs..SO WOULD I BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD WINDOWS THEN....Plz help I want the win 10

  • Plz reply fast am awaiting for replies and answers to solution

  • VG

    ^^ Thats a question which I cant answer accurately. Usually it takes 4-5 hours on a 2Mbps broadband connection for download. Since you are on slow connection and it might take more than 24 hours, there are chances that the download breaks after 24 hours limit.

    If you are using a download manager such as IDM, first start downloading the ISO file and if after 24 hours the download gets terminated, grab a new download link from Microsoft website again, edit download file's properties in IDM and replace the previous download link with the new download link. Now it'll resume from the same place.

  • Hey, is there any downloads for Canada? as in English-Canadian, i tried both the us and uk but not option for Canadian.

  • thanks.........admin

  • Hi, can I use the ISO to upgrade, not clean instal?

  • thanks for the tip -- worked! :-)

  • Yes ! It worked .... Guys try the alternet link to direct download from official website using IDM.

  • wow, i have been spent so much time to track the download link, finally i got u here,thank you so much.

  • Thank you so much.. This fixed my 0XC1800103-0X90002 error. Chrome way is the best way i guess. Thank you again!!!

  • Thanks so much m8!

  • just downloading it what about key,

    my previous win10 lost due to partition failure.

  • I ran across a trick to get the ISOs downloaded without even having to log out of your session:

    1. Copy the link from the top of the page and close your browser
    2. Right-click on your browser and select "Properties" at the bottom of the context menu
    3. Select the "Compatibility" tab
    4. Under "Compatibility Mode" tick the checkbox for "Run this program in compatibility mode for"
    5. Select the drop-down and select "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)"
    6. Click "OK" to close the "Properties" window
    7. Open your browser, paste the address and VOILA!!! JOY!!!

    I wish I could take credit for this sweet trick, but I can't. I found it here

  • Hi,

    I'm having some winload.exe error issue, therefore I needed this ISO file. It worked for download!
    Pray for me to restore my windows 10 !

    Thanks!!

  • Thank you bro

  • DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINGLE LANGUAGE AND WINDOWS 10

  • Thanks .. ..!!

  • Chrome F12 method worked fine.Now I am downloading ISO file.

  • ITS ASKING PRODUCT KEY

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