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In addition to downloading the Windows 10 ISO file, Microsoft also provided Windows 10 Installation Media Tool. This media creation tool helps you download Windows 10 and offers the best download experience for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 clients.
Windows 10 Media Tool Installation
To download the Windows 10 Media Tool Installation, visit Microsoft.com and scroll down until you see two purple buttons Download Tool Now.
The Windows Media authoring tool allows you to download Windows 10 ISO directly from Microsoft without having a product key. You can use it to clean the installation or upgrade to Windows 10. It can be used to download the following versions of Windows 10 – Windows 10 – Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Home N, Windows 10 Home N, Windows 10 Home Single Language, Windows 10 Pro and Windows Pro N.
The tool includes file formats optimized for download speed, built-in media creation options for USB and DVD and allows optional conversion to ISO file format. There are two versions of the tool – a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. Download and run the appropriate version of the tool.
When you run the tool, it creates two directories on your system partition – $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS. These folders contain the downloaded configuration and installation files and an option to continue the creation process in case of failure.
When you click it to start the tool, the next screen will ask you if you want to update this PC now or create an installation media for another PC.
When you click Create installation media for another PC, a screen appears prompting you to select the media to use. You can use a USB stick of at least 3 GB, or you can create an ISO file that you can burn to a DVD later. I decided to create one ISO file.
In all cases, Windows 10 download starts as soon as you click Next.
The tool will then automatically start creating Windows 10 media.
Once the ISO file is finished, you will see two options. One is to open the ISO file location and the other is to open DVD burning software to burn the ISO file to a disc.
I opened the ISO folder and ran the installation file inside to upgrade directly from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
The upgrade process went smoothly, with one exception:
Something happened during the installation of Windows 10
I received one Something Happened error screen. I closed the screen and restarted the installation. It worked and I could easily upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
If you select Upgrade this PC on the first screen, as mentioned above, and click Next, you will see the next screen.
Select your language, architecture and edition and click Next. The upgrade process begins immediately.
TIP: See this article if you get errors in the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
Our next post will guide you through a screenshot that shows you how to install or upgrade to Windows 10 using the Windows 10 ISO file created here.
This article shows you how to install any version of Windows from a USB stick.