Whether you currently use Windows 10 & want the latest version or you want to lớn switch from another operating system, it’s possible to vị so — but there may be some confusing steps. Downloading and installing the Windows 10 ISO tệp tin allows you to install the latest Microsoft OS.

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If you don’t know how to tải về and install a Windows 10 ISO file, we cover the basics. Keep reading to lớn learn what you need khổng lồ do.

Step 1: download the Windows 10 ISO legally from Microsoft on Windows

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To get started, head khổng lồ the Windows 10 download page. Under the header that says Create Windows 10 Installation Media, select the Download Tool Now button.

Next, a dialog box will ask you if you want lớn save a program called MediaCreationTool21H1.exe. Click Save File. This will tải về the file to your computer.

Step 2: Create your ISO file

Once downloaded, this ISO tải về tool makes it easy khổng lồ turn any USB key into a bootable Windows 10 installer & allows you to download the Windows 10 ISO file for future use. When the tool downloads, run it. A terms-of-use screen will pop up, and you’ll need khổng lồ then click Accept. You must then confirm whether you want khổng lồ upgrade your current PC or create installation media for another PC.

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Select Create Installation truyền thông (USB Flash Drive, DVD, or ISO File) For Another PC, as shown above, và then click Next. Select the language, architecture, và edition of Windows you prefer. It’s usually best to check the box for Use the Recommended Options for This PC, but you can also customize it & choose a different a language or architecture. Choosing a different Windows edition, however, such as Windows 10 Pro or Home, may not be available to you. Click Next when you’re ready.

On the next screen, if you’re looking lớn install Windows on your PC, select the ISO tệp tin option. Doing so will save a tệp tin that you can click later (step 3) to upgrade your PC to Windows 10. For most people, the ISO file is the safest method. After selecting ISO File, click Next, và select where khổng lồ save the ISO file. Once the tải về is complete, you will have the ISO file on your computer’s hard drive.

Step 3: Install Windows 10 directly from the ISO from within Windows 7 or 8/8.1

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If you’re running Windows 8 or newer, you can tăng cấp your PC or máy tính xách tay to Windows 10 by mounting the ISO file you just downloaded — double-click it. Windows will display the ISO as though it is a DVD drive.

From here, you can install Windows 10. Just open Setup.exe, & the installer will open. From here, you can choose lớn install Windows 10 in place, leaving your files và programs. All necessary data will transfer from the ISO lớn your computer, which will eventually restart your PC khổng lồ complete the installation.

If you’re running Windows 7 or earlier, you can’t mount ISOs — instead, you can download Virtual Clone Drive & use that khổng lồ install ISO files. Once you’ve got the drive mounted, the Windows 10 installation will work the same as outlined above. You also can try the Windows 10 upgrade Assistant to lớn upgrade from Windows 10. We have a guide for that here.

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Alternative: Create a bootable USB drive

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Otherwise, if you want lớn create a USB Flash Drive, select the USB Flash Drive option. Doing so will allow you khổng lồ create a bootable USB drive that you can use khổng lồ erase everything from your computer và go for a “clean install.” This USB drive can be used on other computers lớn install Windows. With this option, choose your USB drive và have Windows 10 downloaded to lớn it. Be warned: Everything on the drive will delete before installation, so make sure no crucial files become lost.

Alternative: Burn the Windows 10 ISO khổng lồ a DVD

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If your computer has a DVD burner và you’ve got a writable DVD on hand, you can burn the Windows 10 ISO to lớn a DVD & install Windows 10 by booting from it. Right-click the Windows ISO file, & navigate to lớn Properties>under the General tab, select Change> select Windows Explorer> click Apply. Then, right-click on the Windows ISO file again và click Burn Disc Image. The Windows Disc Image Burner will open, asking you which drive you’d like to use.

When ready, click Burn khổng lồ start the process. When it’s complete, you’ll have a bootable DVD that you can use to install Microsoft Windows. You can use other software khổng lồ burn your ISO, but the built-in software is simple enough to use.

There are plenty of other uses for a Windows 10 ISO file. For example, you may want khổng lồ install Windows 10 on your Mac or phối up Windows 10 in a virtual machine application. In either case, the ISO file is the preferred tool for installing Windows 10.

You will need a valid Windows 10 sản phẩm key khổng lồ install Windows 10. On computers currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, this isn’t a problem. You can nâng cấp in place, và Windows 10 will detect your previous license. Failing that, you can use the hàng hóa key on your device — look for a sticker.

The không tính tiền ISO file isn’t a free Windows license. It’s just a more convenient way to lớn install Windows 10. Mac users, custom PC builders, & anyone installing on a virtual machine will need a product key to install Windows 10 legally. They can buy Windows 10 trang chủ for $139.

Downloading the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft on Mac or Linux

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The Windows 10 tải về Tool only works on computers running Windows 7, 8, or 10. If you’re not running one of those operating systems, you can still tải về the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. Just head to lớn the Windows 10 download page, on Microsoft’s website, and it will detect that you’re not running a compatible OS.

From this page, you can pick which Windows 10 version to tải về — either 32-bit or 64-bit ISO — in your language of choice. You can then copy the ISO file to a USB stick và bring it over lớn a Windows máy tính xách tay or desktop lớn proceed with the Windows installation.