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How to use Microsoft's Download web site to download an official Windows 10 ISO file, create installation media and activate Windows 10

Technical Level : Intermediate

Summary

Microsoft’s Tech Bench ISO download web site is unavailable if you are running Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10, you will be redirected to the Media Creation Tool website.

However if you are using Windows XP AND Firefox version 51 OR Vista and IE9 / Firefox 51 you can still access the Tech Bench site to directly download a Windows 10 ISO file of your choice. Ubuntu may also be a viable option.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/

Also: After the Windows 10 Free Upgrade is over, what are my options

Details

Part 1: Guide on using Microsoft's Tech Bench Download website to obtain the Windows 10 ISO file

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/

Click the Select edition dropdown list box as shown below and choose your edition. The Windows 10 ISO file contains both Home and Professional versions, you have the option to select which edition you want when installing Windows 10. Click the 'Confirm' button and wait while the option is validated (this may take a few seconds).

Next: Select your language then click the 'Confirm' button.

Select your desired architecture (32-bit Download or 64-bit Download button) and then click ‘Save’ or ‘Save as’ to choose a specific destination folder.

Note: The expiration of the links is 24 hours from the time of creation.

Now that you have read the guide, use Microsoft's Download website to obtain the Windows 10 ISO file: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/

Part 2: Check the "Hash Code value" to verify that the ISO file you downloaded / saved is not corrupt.

Use SlavaSoft's HashCalc to verify the ISO file's SHA1 hash value:   http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (Version 1607 November update, 2016) The November update / rollup is not available on Microsoft's Tech Bench web site. To obtain the November update you must use Windows 7, 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10 go to the Media Creation Tool website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/

Note: The Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (Version 1607 released August 2nd, 2016) is still available on the Microsoft Tech Bench web site, However you must use either Windows XP AND Firefox version 51 OR Vista and IE9 / Firefox 51 to prevent being redirected to the Media Creation Tool website.

Using the Tech Bench site will allow you to directly download a Windows 10 ISO file of your choice AND verify the ISO hash code value to insure the ISO file is not corrupt.

File names and SHA1 hash values:

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English 

Windows 10 English 32-bit download

File name = Win10_1607_English_x32

SHA1 hash value: 5a4d2c953d884578a6adb448bee5753b80ec1cfa

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English

Windows 10 English 64-bit download

File name = Win10_1607_English_x64

SHA1 hash value: 99fd8082a609997ae97a514dca22becf20420891

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English Single Language

Windows 10 Single Language English 32-bit download

File name = Win10_1607_SingleLang_English_x32

SHA1 hash value: 2509e8d2a2dc5c5d0c102bb29f9e8ec8083d8664

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English Single Language

Windows 10 Single Language English 32-bit download

File name = Win10_1607_SingleLang_English_x64

SHA1 hash value: 1b96a03bb876798b5c0d5ed216f8932de7b9567e

Hash value for: Win10_1607_N_English_x64.iso

SHA1: 8e21b5ec1c2a0955f55ac6e0c77aa9634d832570

Hash value for: Win10_1607_N_English_x32.iso

SHA1: 0da160fd2a2d1952d86b83663ac50eda96c0e7f5

Windows 10 Version 1511 Edition released in November of 2016

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English

Windows 10 English 32-bit download

File name = Win10_1511_English_x32

SHA1 hash value: 5d406d89656f8548fd0f410bd66de59be05b081b

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English

Windows 10 English 64-bit download

File name = Win10_1511_English_x64

SHA1 hash value: 875ec108288b9f581e5d8099cf0edb79f0f3e483

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English Single Language

Windows 10 Single Language English 32-bit download

File name = Win10_1511_SingleLang_English_x32

SHA1 hash value: 7534ad755f96734ebd486eea662b58a59e54b969

Edition: Windows 10, product language = English Single Language

Windows 10 Single Language English 32-bit download

File name = Win10_1511_SingleLang_English_x64

SHA1 hash value: 297ac867bd8461bd8af12c4578ba5619964aae1e

Part 3:  Use ImgBurn to create your own installation DVD

To create a Windows 10 installation DVD perform steps a through g:

a) Download http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/imgburn.html  and install ImgBurn (current version 2.5.8.0) to create a bootable Windows 10 installation DVD.

To create a bootable USB drive use Rufus – Download link: https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Rufus how to instructions: UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

Note:

Windows 7 does have built in software that allows you to create an installation DVD but it does not offer any control over the burn speed: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/burn-a-cd-or-dvd-from-an-iso-file

Choose the “Custom Installation (advanced)” option and remove the check mark to eliminate unwanted options.

b) Next start ImgBurn,  2 windows will open. The lower window (ImgBurn Log) displays the status of your DVD creation. The top window is where you select what action you want to perform. Choose the “Write Image file to disc” option.

c) Next navigate to the ‘Source’ (.ISO file) location.

d) Set the ‘Write Speed’ to either 2 or 4X (or the lowest speed your DVD supports, which may be 8X) to insure a good burn and then insert high quality DVD+R media into your DVD drive. The ‘Verify’ box should be checked by default. Wait for the status located in the lower left corner to display ‘Ready’.

e) Click on the Blue ImgBurn arrow to start the creation of your DVD. At a 4X write speed the creation of the DVD should take about 10 minutes.

f) Check the ImgBurn log in the lower Window for the ‘Finalizing’ disk task to compete, the DVD tray will open and close quickly and the ‘Verification’ process begins. Time to complete verification is about 5 minutes.

g) Upon successfully completion remove the DVD and insert it into a labeled paper or plastic sleeve. Then close out / exit the ImgBurn utility.

There is a guide published by NeoSmart which also shows the steps you need to perform and some trouble shooting tips: https://neosmart.net/wiki/burning-iso-images-with-imgburn/

Part 4: Activation

Windows 10 - How to tell what type of Activation I have, Digitial Entitlement / Digital License or Product key

How to re-install Windows 10 without a product key (Digitial Entitlement)

Reference: www.pagestart.com

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