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If you’re trying to download Windows 10 ISO images from Microsoft but the company’s official website is forcing the Media Creation Tool, here’s what you can do.

There are many reasons why you might want to download Windows 10 ISO images. For example, you can use ISOs to create a bootable USB drive and use it to recover your computer in case it fails to load Windows.

The ISOs also allow clean-installs or upgrades and can help you deal with issues that sometimes hard reset can’t fix. Microsoft has a website where the company offers the ISOs and Media Creation Tool.

The company publishes new images whenever a new Windows 10 feature update reaches the consumer PCs (that happens twice a year). At the moment, Microsoft’s official website is offering the ISOs of Windows 10 April 2018 Update but downloading an ISO directly from Microsoft is not an easy task.

When you access Microsoft’s website, the company offers the Media Creation Tool instead. For those unfamiliar, the Media Creation Tool is as an application that would download the ISO file for you and create a bootable drive or upgrade your current PC.

Media Creation Tool is indeed a better solution for creating a bootable drive. Nevertheless, if you don’t agree with this, you can always trick Microsoft’s website and download the ISO files directly.

In short, to download ISOs:

  • You would need to open emulation tab in Edge or Chrome.
  • Change the user agent string to a non-Windows 10 device.
  • Open Microsoft’s download page and the ISOs will show up.

If you’re still confused, follow the below guide and download Windows 10 ISO images officially from Microsoft.

Download Windows 10 ISO images from Microsoft

First and foremost, make sure you’re connected to a high-speed internet connection and you have a web browser window open.

Microsoft download page

Launch Microsoft Edge and open the ISO download page from here. As you can see in the above screenshot, the download page is opened but there’s no mention of ISO files.

Emulation tab in Edge


Open developer tool by pressing F12 and tap on ‘Emulation’. You’re basically going to make the website believe that you’re using a non-Windows 10 device.

To do this, you need to change the user agent in Microsoft Edge. From the emulation tab, change the user agent string to Microsoft Edge – Windows 10 Mobile or Apple Safari (iPad).

Edge loads ISO download page

The page will refresh and the ISOs download link will now show up on your screen. Microsoft’s website will help you make sure that you choose the right ISO version. For example, you’ll be asked to choose the language and the Windows 10 version. You can confirm whether your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit from Settings -> System -> About. You can also open the language and region settings to find the correct language.

Edge download message

The download will start and you can open, save and cancel the process anytime. The download speed is up to your system and network speed.

Emulation tab in Chrome

If you’re not familiar with Edge browser, you can also download the ISOs using Google Chrome browser. To do this, open the Microsoft’s page from above link and access the developer tool by pressing F12 and change the user agent to iPhone or Pixel 2/2XL.

As noted above, ISOs of Windows 10 October 2018 Update is not yet available. According to reports, the official ISOs of the final version of the October update will be published next month.

Keep in mind that this tutorial will also work for the upcoming Windows 10 version 1809 Update. If you can’t wait, you can join the Insider program, download the Windows 10 preview build 17758 ISO images and upgrade your PC to October update right now.