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Download official Windows 10 (ISO file) without Media Creation Tool

You can download the official Windows 10 ISO file with the latest feature update directly without the Media Creation Tool — Here's how to do it.

Download Windows 10 ISO file directly from Microsoft

UPDATED 5/22: It’s possible to download the Windows 10 ISO file without the Media Creation Tool to upgrade or clean install of the latest version of the OS, but Microsoft hides the option for Windows 10 users.

Microsoft makes available the ISO files every releases of Windows 10, including for the Windows 10 October 2019 Update (version 1809), the only problem is that when you go to the support site, you don’t get an option to download the ISO files directly. Instead, you’re only given the choice to get the update assistant or Media Creation Tool.

The reason is because the Microsoft support site is able to detect the OS you’re running, and if you’re already using Windows 10, Microsoft really wants you to use the Media Creation Tool. However, if you don’t want to go through the extra steps, there is a workaround to download the ISO file of Windows 10 directly from the Microsoft servers without the need to use the Media Creation Tool. It’s just the matter of making the support site think that you’re using an unsupported OS.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to download the Windows 10 ISO file directly from Microsoft servers without the Media Creation Tool.

How to download the Windows 10 ISO file

To download the ISO file of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you’ll have to change your web browser settings.

Downloading ISO using Microsoft Edge (legacy)

On the legacy version of Microsoft Edge use these steps:

  1. Open a new tab on Microsoft Edge.

  2. Copy and paste this Microsoft support site link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO in the address bar, and press Enter. (If you get redirected, it’s an expected behavior.)

  3. Right-click on the page and select Inspect element.

    Quick Tip: If you don’t see the option, open about:flags from the address bar, and check the “Show ‘View source’ and ‘Inspect element’ in the context menu” option.
  4. Click on Emulation.

  5. Under “Mode”, change the user agent string to Apple Safari (ipad).

    Switch user agent on Edge
    Switch user agent on Edge
  6. Refresh the page if the browser doesn’t reload automatically.

  7. Select the edition of Windows 10 you want.

  8. Click the Confirm button.

  9. Pick your product language from the drop-down menu.

  10. Click the Confirm button.

  11. Click the button to download the Windows 10 ISO to begin the process.

    Download Windows 10 ISO without Media Creation Tool
    Download Windows 10 ISO without Media Creation Tool

Downloading ISO using Microsoft Edge (Chromium)

On the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge use these steps:

  1. Open a new tab on Microsoft Edge (Chromium).

  2. Copy and paste this Microsoft support site link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO in the address bar, and press Enter.

  3. Right-click on the page and select Inspect.

  4. Click the three-dotted menu button on the top-right, and under “More tools”, select Network conditions.

    Accessing Network Conditions settings on Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Accessing Network Conditions settings on Microsoft Edge Chromium
  5. Under “User agent”, clear the Select automatically option.

  6. Select the Safari – iPad iOS 9 option from the “User agent” drop-down menu.

    Microsoft Edge Chromium change user agent
    Microsoft Edge Chromium change user agent
  7. Refresh the page if the browser doesn’t reload automatically.

  8. Select the edition of Windows 10 you want.

  9. Click the Confirm button.

  10. Pick your product language from the drop-down menu.

    Download Windows 10 ISO using Edge Chromium directly
    Download Windows 10 ISO using Edge Chromium directly
  11. Click the Confirm button.

  12. Click the button to download the Windows 10 ISO to begin the process.

Downloading ISO using Google Chrome

On Chrome use these steps:

  1. Open a new tab on Chrome.

  2. Copy and paste this Microsoft support site link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO in the address bar, and press Enter. (If you get redirected, it’s an expected behavior.)

  3. Right-click on the page and select Inspect.

  4. Click the three-dotted menu button on the top-right, and under “More tools”, select Network conditions.

  5. Under “User agent”, clear the Select automatically option.

  6. Select the Safari – iPad iOS 9 option from the “User agent” drop-down menu.

    Switch user agent on Chrome
    Switch user agent on Chrome
  7. Refresh the page if the browser doesn’t reload automatically.

  8. Select the edition of Windows 10 you want.

  9. Click the Confirm button.

  10. Pick your product language from the drop-down menu.

  11. Click the Confirm button.

  12. Click the button to download the Windows 10 ISO to begin the process.

Downloading ISO using Mozilla Firefox

On Firefox use these steps:

  1. Open a new tab on Firefox.

  2. Copy and paste this Microsoft support site link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO in the address bar, and press Enter. (If you get redirected, it’s an expected behavior.)

  3. Use the Ctrl + Shift + M keyboard shortcut to open “Responsive design view.”

    Ctrl + Shift + M mode in Firefox
  4. Click the Responsive button at the top, and select the iPad option from the list.

  5. Click the Refresh button.

  6. Select the edition of Windows 10 you want.

  7. Click the Confirm button.

  8. Select your language from the drop-down menu.

  9. Click the Confirm button.

  10. Click the button to download the Windows 10 ISO to begin the process.

After downloading the ISO file, you can use tools, such as Rufus to create a bootable media of Windows 10.

Originally published in March 2017, updated on May 2019.