Workaround

Windows 10 version 1809 ISO file direct download

You can download the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) ISO directly from the Microsoft servers without the Media Creation Tool, and here are three ways to do it.

Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update) ISO download

Windows 10 version 1809 is finally available for download starting October 2, 2018, and Microsoft is now slowly rolling it out to millions of compatible devices around the world. However, if you want to start using the new features and improvements right now, you can install the new version using the ISO file.

In addition to using Windows Update, there’s also the upgrade option using Windows 10 ISO file. The only issue is that when you use a Windows 10 device to download the ISO from the Microsoft support website, you’re only given the choice to get the “Update Assistant” or “Media Creation Tool.”

If you don’t want the extra steps, there’s a workaround to download the ISO file of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update directly from the Microsoft servers without having to use any tool. You just need to trick the site to think that you’re using a different operating system.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to download the Windows 10 ISO file (now with the October update) directly from Microsoft servers.

Warning: Do NOT try to install this update. Microsoft has pulled the October 2018 Update after reports of users losing their documents during upgrade. If you’re planning to upgrade, do it at your own risk, and perform a full backup before proceeding. You’ve been warned.

How to download the Windows 10 October 2018 Update ISO file

To download the ISO file for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you’ll have to change your web browser settings to navigate the Microsoft support site as if you were using a non-Windows 10 computer, and then you’ll have direct access to the ISO download.

Direct ISO file download using Microsoft Edge

If you’re using Microsoft Edge, you can download the Windows 10 version 1809 ISO file directly using 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 32-bit Download or 64-bit Download button depending on the architecture you need.

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

Direct ISO file download using Google Chrome

In the case that you’re using 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 32-bit Download or 64-bit Download button depending on the architecture you need to download the file.

Direct ISO file download using Mozilla Firefox

Alternatively, if you’re using Firefox, you’ll first need to install a user agent switcher extension, such as User-Agent Switch, and then 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. Switch the user agent with the extension to another platform like Mac.

    Switch user agent on Firefox
    Switch user agent on Firefox
  4. Select the edition of Windows 10 you want.

  5. Click the Confirm button.

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

  7. Click the Confirm button.

  8. Click the 32-bit Download or 64-bit Download button depending on the architecture you need to download the file.

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