Microsoft has started pushing out the latest Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) via Windows Update service for users running earlier versions of Windows 10.
If you cannot wait to get the latest version or if you want to reinstall Windows 10 for some reason, you might want to download the Windows 10 ISO.
Those of you upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version can also use a Windows 10 ISO to perform a clean install of Windows 10 from a USB drive.
If you are one of those users who want to perform a clean install or reinstall, you will be glad to know that you can now legally download Windows 10 ISO for free right from Microsoft.
In this guide, we use the official Media Creation Tool to download the latest stable version of Windows 10 ISO image directly from Microsoft without having to enter the product key. If you want to directly download without using the Media Creation Tool, refer to our how to download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft directly in a web browser.
The ISO file that you download using the official Media Creation Tool includes Home, Home N, Home Single Language, Pro, and Pro N ISO editions of Windows 10. In other words, the ISO image file contains all editions. That is, you cannot download a specific edition of Windows 10 (for example, Home edition) using this or any other method.
Do I need the product key to download Windows 10 ISO?
No, you will not be asked to type a valid product key to download Windows 10 ISO. However, you will need a valid product license key if you are installing Windows 10 on a new PC or if you were previously running an edition of Windows 10 that is different from the one that you are trying to install now. For example, if you previously had installed the Home edition, you will need a product key to activate the Pro edition on the same computer.
Download Windows 10 ISO 32-bit & 64-bit from Microsoft
Step 1: Visit the following Microsoft URL (copy and paste the address bar) in any web browser:
Step 2: Click the Download tool now button (present in the Create Windows 10 installation media section) to download the Media Creation Tool.
Step 3: Run the Media Creation Tool. When you get the User Account Control prompt, click on the Yes button to run as an administrator. The Media Creation requires admin rights.
Step 4: On the home screen, select the second radio button titled Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC, and then click the Next button.
Step 5: Here, uncheck the Use the recommended options for this PC checkbox.
Select the language, your edition of Windows 10, and then select the architecture (32 or 64-bit). If you’re not sure, select the Both option to download the ISO containing both 32-bit and 64-bit but note that the ISO file size will be larger than the normal one.
The Media Creation Tool no longer lets you choose an edition of Windows 10. The ISO that you download will include all editions of Windows 10, including Home and Pro. You can select what you want to install during the install.
Refer to our how to select Home or Pro edition while installing Windows 10 guide for more information on the same.
Click the Next button.
Step 6: On “Choose which media to use” screen, select the second radio button titled ISO file, and then click the Next button.
If you want to create a bootable USB instead, select the first option titled USB flash drive and then select the same. Note that all files on the USB drive will be deleted during the preparation of bootable USB.
Step 7: You will be asked to choose a location on your computer to save the ISO image file. Select a location and then click the Save button to begin downloading your Windows 10 ISO image file.
After downloading the ISO image, the Media Creation tool automatically scans the ISO image file for issues. Once the verification is done, you will see the following screen. Click the Finish button to exit.
Note that you will not need to enter a product key if the same edition of Windows 10 was previously activated on the same computer. However, you will need a genuine product key when you are installing Windows 10 on a new PC.