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How to Download Windows 10! What are the Options?

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Due to some confusion and likely frustrations some may have at wondering Just When their reserved copy of the latest Windows 10 version will be available by way of the Windows Updates why wait? Windows 10 didn't wait here but finally showed a month late on a Windows 7 Ultimate installation still running on one drive here despite having seen to a dual boot of both versions to be covered in another guide.


Before you can download the latest version you will either wait for it to arrive by updates or go to the Microsoft page not for the Windows download itself but the Media Creation Tool which when run will automatically download and even install 10 for you as an "On The Spot" online upgrade over the previous version of Windows you are now running! The Media Creation Tool is listed in the two architectures of  

Download Tool Now(32-bit version) or Download Tool Now(64-bit version) at  Download as seen at  Download Windows 10


Now for most who are not signed up or have been signed for the Windows Insider Program there will be several screens here to show the options you will be seeing once you start the Media Creation Tool such as the first few that are presented to get you started. Note if you are planning an immediate upgrade or subsequent install of 10 make sure that no additional hard drives lacking an OS like a previous of Windows are plugged in or you could end seeing a failed upgrade install over and over and over again!

Why? The Windows 10 installer could get confused and place boot files and temporary set up files on the wrong drive! Storage drives both internal and external or in external usb enclosures should be unplugged or if in an enclosure with an on/off switch turned off as well as unplugging any additional usb flash drives or other devices with onboard memory like cameras, smart phones, IPads, etc. where the 10 installer may try to write to one or more of those!


Ok so now that you have downloaded either the 32bit or 64bit tool according to which type of Windows you are running as far as the architecture we get started by first going to the folder where the  one or both of the tools were downloaded to in order to start the correct one. First you start off by a fast right click to select the "Run as administrator" option to insure you have enough permissions between Windows and/or any other system protections like your antivirus or firewall softwares.




Once the first screen comes up as you soon notice the tool begins to run you will be presented right away with two options. 1) Perform the immediate in place upgrade and 2) Create Media which then moves you past the upgrade option to see done at a later time.




Apparently Microsoft assumes you will want to upgrade instantly and why the second option outlined is for creation of the media to be used elsewhere on another machine? Actually once 10 is activated you may actually have need for an immediate clean install of the new version if something doesn't go on fully! With upgrade type installations things can go wrong at times and the advice to "be prepared" for the worst has to be given ahead of time!

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In this segment of the guide here we move onto the next screen when opting out of the immediate online upgrade for the create media option and come to the next screen where there are three separate dropdown lists of options to select from. The first is for the language we want to see 10 in! You don't want to find out afterwards you rushed through things and made the wrong choice!




With some 192 and likely many more countries that will be seeing the new version the list could grow even larger! And then for the second dropdown list you will make the choice for the edition of 10 suitable for you. For Windows 7 Home Premium or 8, 8.1 Home or Core edition you would select the 10 Home option. For 7 Pro or Ultimate as well as for 8 or 8.1 Pro that would be 10 Pro.Note that if you have anything Home N or Pro N you would select the correct 10 N edition for the upgrade.




From there when clicking the next button we then get to the third dropdown list where we find three options for the 32bit, 64bit or dual combination iso choice for the architecture. For the 32bit Windows you would select 32bit. For the 64bit select the 64bit. and for plans to upgrade multiple machines running multiple kernels you would opt for the combination iso which note will not burn to dvd or write to a 4gb usb flash drive due to the larger 5.5+gb ISO Disk Image being downloaded.




Once you click on the next button after double checking to see that you made the right choice for each of the three options the next two choices will be either to see the download then turned into an iso disk image immediately written to a flash drive or select the "ISO file" option to continue seeing 10 download and bypassing the immediate creation of the usb media.




When choosing the ISO file option you are then prompted to browse to the location where the "Windows.iso" will be downloaded and save as an ISO Disk Image type file to. If planning to download more then one flavor of the edition separately you may want to make a slight change to the name like "Windows 10.iso" or "Windows 10 Home.iso" or for the example here of not having previously downloaded the 10 Home single language iso that would see the change to "Windows 10 Home x64 Single Language.iso" in order to identify which is what if downloads are to end up in the same folder!




In the screen there you can still see the original as well as the rename but with three dashes to illustrate how easy it is to save any download with a slight name change while still keeping the exact same 3 digit file extension on the end however due to that being the file type that has to remain unchanged. and once you click on the next button it all begins!

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And begin it does! At this time since 10 has now been out for the general release just over a month ago the downloads depending on your ISP's connection speeds as a factor go quite quickly! The initial downloads at the end of July of course took a bit longer like a good 10-15minutes with a fast connection even due to the heavy volume of some 14 million within the first 24hrs. as one media outlet reported. That should come as no surprise however for any brand new Windows! The download just seen before posting this went in just under 5 minutes top! That is how quickly things are going now.


Once the download has finished and all is complete you then see the download being verified as being intact by the Microsoft download server it seems.




WIthin a minute or so later once that reaches a certain point the next screen that flashes in front of you is the "Creating iso file" screen.




And finally the last and final screen brings us to the option to either see the iso image burned to a blank dvd-r disk....




The burn to dvd option already being hightlighted by MS there as you can see. Or for either seeing the Windows.iso burned  to disk later using another program or method such as the burn to disk option found in the right click menu in Windows since Windows 7 introduced that one you can simply click on the Finish button and exit the tool entirely.




Once all this is done just remember where you saved the iso file! You'll need to know when either going to see it burned to disk, written to a USB Installation Key. or possibly mounted on a virtual drive long enough to see the 10 set up unpack all of the installation files onto the OS drive to see the upgrade. Two installation folders should be what you end up seeing besides the Windows.old folder once the upgrade is complete being the "$Windows~BT" folder and the additional "$Windows~WS" folder created for the 64bit WIndows 10 upgrade.


Did you know you can actually run the setup.exe file found under "C:\$Windows\Sources\Windows\sources\setup.exe" in order to start the upgrade in the event you need to repair the first with an Upgrade to Repair of the problematic 10 install. As with any version of Windows when first out it takes time for all of the updates and fixes to come out and even then you can still end up seeing a buggy upgrade that needs repair. For the more tech savay once the upgrade has been activated to your machine the next move seen is usually the full clean install to start everything fresh and solve any of the initial upgrade problems that could be seen.


In any case and as forewarned at the beginning of this guide always have a disaster recovery plan of some type such as having everything important already backed up in a safe place before proceeding!

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Posted (edited)

Welcome to WF!  AnakoAlbert

In the event the MediaCreation tool downloaded from Microsoft fails for some reason one other 3rd party option I can add here would the UltraISO app which is free. For those still only now looking to upgrade to 10 but still hardly anyone now note XP, Vista both no longer supported by MS or 7, 8, or 8.1 where the latest version seen would be preferred the older version for those running XP, Vista, or 7 would be found at:

For the latest version as well as the software's home page recommended you would go to:

For those not looking to see a full clean install but an upgrade from either a previous version or perhaps not having seen the Redstone ! first year's anniversary update for Windows 10 go you could also mount the iso file or update you download manually by mounting the iso file with a simple right click on the file itself.

This option is also something considered often by those who have signed up for the Windows Insider Preview program and frequently change from one preview build to the next. The Preview builds serve to allow people to see what will or could be seen in the next update as well as try 10 out and offer feedback which MS gathers up. Often that can include reports on bugs so MS can come up with patches to correct things before the final version of the next update to come is released.

Edited by ZNA 50

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Well put ZNA 50! And certainly a warm welcome goes out to AnakoAlbert!

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Thanks NH! I had to go back to correct a link there.

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