Whether you currently use Windows 10 and want the lachạy thử version or you want to 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 lớn install the lathử nghiệm Microsoft OS.

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If you don’t know how to tải về & install a Windows 10 ISO tệp tin, we cover the basics. Keep reading lớn learn what you need lớn vì chưng.

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

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To get started, head to 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 khổng lồ save sầu a program called MediaCreationTool21H1.exe. Cliông chồng Save sầu File. This will tải về the file khổng lồ 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 lớn a bootable Windows 10 installer & allows you khổng lồ tải về the Windows 10 ISO tệp tin for future use. When the tool downloads, run it. A terms-of-use screen will pop up, và you’ll need to then clichồng Accept. You must then confirm whether you want to upgrade your current PC or create installation truyền thông media for another PC.

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Select Create Installation Media (USB Flash Drive sầu, DVD, or ISO File) For Another PC, as shown above, & then click Next. Select the language, architecture, and edition of Windows you prefer. It’s usually best to kiểm tra 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 trang chủ, 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 File option. Doing so will save a file that you can cliông chồng later (step 3) to nâng cấp your PC lớn Windows 10. For most people, the ISO file is the safest method. After selecting ISO File, cliông chồng Next, and select where to save sầu the ISO tệp tin. Once the download is complete, you will have the ISO tệp tin 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 upgrade your PC or máy tính lớn Windows 10 by mounting the ISO file you just downloaded — double-cliông xã it. Windows will display the ISO as though it is a DVD drive sầu.

From here, you can install Windows 10. Just open Setup.exe, and the installer will open. From here, you can choose to lớn install Windows 10 in place, leaving your files và programs. All necessary data will transfer from the ISO to 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 tải về Virtual Clone Drive sầu & use that to lớn install ISO files. Once you’ve sầu got the drive sầu mounted, the Windows 10 installation will work the same as outlined above sầu. You also can try the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant to lớn tăng cấp from Windows 10. We have sầu a guide for that here.

Alternative: Create a bootable USB drive

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Otherwise, if you want khổng lồ create a USB Flash Drive, select the USB Flash Drive option. Doing so will allow you to create a bootable USB drive that you can use to lớn erase everything from your computer & go for a “clean install.” This USB drive sầu can be used on other computers khổng lồ install Windows. With this option, choose your USB drive and have Windows 10 downloaded to it. Be warned: Everything on the drive sầu 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 & you’ve sầu got a writable DVD on hand, you can burn the Windows 10 ISO to lớn a DVD and install Windows 10 by booting from it. Right-clichồng the Windows ISO tệp tin, & navigate to Properties>under the General tab, select Change> select Windows Explorer> cliông xã Apply. Then, right-click on the Windows ISO file again và cliông xã Burn Disc Image. The Windows Disc Image Burner will open, asking you which drive you’d like khổng lồ use.

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

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

You will need a valid Windows 10 sản phẩm key to lớn 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, & Windows 10 will detect your previous license. Failing that, you can use the product key on your device — look for a sticker.

The miễn phí ISO file isn’t a không lấy phí Windows license. It’s just a more convenient way khổng lồ install Windows 10. Mac users, custom PC builders, & anyone installing on a virtual machine will need a hàng hóa 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 Download Tool only works on computers running Windows 7, 8, or 10. If you’re not running one of those operating systems, you can still download the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. Just head to lớn the Windows 10 download page, on Microsoft’s trang web, and it will detect that you’re not running a compatible OS.

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From this page, you can pichồng which Windows 10 version to download — either 32-bit or 64-bit ISO — in your language of choice. You can then copy the ISO tệp tin to lớn a USB stiông chồng & bring it over lớn a Windows máy vi tính or desktop lớn proceed with the Windows installation.