How to download older ISO versions of Windows 10

Do you need to rollback to a previous version of Windows 10? Here are the steps to download the ISO file for any version of the OS.

Download older version of Windows 10 ISO

Although you can download the ISO file to install Windows 10 from the Microsoft support website, you can only download the latest version, as the website does not include an option to select older versions. 

However, if you upgraded a device by mistake, you are experiencing compatibility problems with a new version, or you do not like the latest release, you can download older versions of Windows 10 using the Rufus tool to roll back to a previous version.

Rufus is a free third-party tool designed to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 10 (or Windows 11). However, unlike the Media Creation Tool, Rufus can also download the ISO file and prepare the bootable media using an older version of Windows 10.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to use Rufus to download the ISO file and create a media to install older versions of Windows 10, even if they are no longer supported.

Download older versions of Windows 10 using Rufus

To create a USB media with an older version of Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Rufus website.

  2. Under the “Download” section, click the link to download the latest version.

  3. Double-click the executable to launch the tool.

  4. Click the Settings button (third button from the left) a the bottom of the page.

    Rufus settings

  5. Under the “Settings” section, use the “Check for updates” drop-down menu and select the Daily option.

    Rufus enable updates

  6. Click the Close button.

  7. Click the Close button again to close the app.

  8. Open Rufus again.

  9. Under the “Device” section, use the drop-down menu, and select the USB drive to create the installation media.

    Quick tip: You’ll need to connect a USB flash drive of at least 8GB of storage. If you don’t see the device on the list, you may need to restart the tool.
  10. Under the “Boot selection” section, use the drop-down menu and select the Disk or ISO image option.

  11. Click the down arrow button on the right side, and select the Download option.

    Rufus ISO download option

  12. Click the Download button.

  13. Select the Windows 10 option.

  14. Click the Continue button.

  15. Under the “Release” section, select the older version of Windows 10 to download:

    • Version 21H2, November 2021 Update (Build number 19044).
    • Version 20H2, October 2020 Update (Build number 19042).
    • Version 2004, May 2020 Update (Build number 19041).
    • Version 1909, November 2019 Update (Build number 18363).
    • Version 1903, May 2019 Update (Build number 18362).
    • Version 1809, October 2018 Update (Build number 17763).
    • Version 1803, April 2018 Update (Build number 17134).
    • Version 1709, Fall Creators Update (Build number 16299).
    • Version 1703, Creators Update (Build number 15063).
    • Version 1607, Anniversary Update (Build number 14393).
    • Version 1511, November Update (Build number 10586).
    • Version 1507, Initial Release (Build number 10240).

    Windows 10 ISO older versions download

  16. Click the Continue button.

  17. Select the Windows 10 Home/Pro/Edu.

  18. Click the Continue button.

  19. Select the language of Windows 10.

  20. Click the Continue button.

  21. Select the operating system architecture (x64 or x86). (If it’s a newer device, you’ll need to select the x64 option.)

  22. Click the Download button.

  23. Select the location to save the Windows 10 ISO automatically.

  24. Continue with the default settings after the download.

  25. Click the Start button.

  26. Click the OK button to confirm the deletion of the USB drive data.

Once you complete the steps, you can use the bootable USB flash drive to install an older version of Windows 10 using a clean or in-place upgrade installation.

Update January 20, 2022: This guide was originally published in October 2019 and revised to make sure the instructions are still accurate.