How to Download a Windows 10 ISO Without the Media Creation Tool

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Microsoft manufactures Windows 10 ISO images accessible to all through his download siteIf you are already using a Windows machine, you must first download the media creation tool. Here's how to download Windows ISO files without the authoring tool.

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The Microsoft Media Creation Tool is only for Windows. If you access the website from another operating system, such as MacOS or Linux, you are sent to a page where you can directly download an ISO file. To obtain these direct ISO file downloads on Windows, you must make sure that your web browser claims that you are using another operating system. This requires an impersonation of the user agent of your browser.

The browser user agent is a short string of text that tells a website which operating system and which browser you are using. If something on the website is not compatible with your configuration, the site may serve you a different page. If you spoof the user agent, you can access a site that declares it incompatible with your system. To access direct ISO file downloads, your browser will claim that it is an operating system other than Windows.

This tip works in most browsers, but we'll use Google Chrome for this guide. If you use Firefox, Edge or Safari, you can follow with our guide to spoof your user agent without installing an extension.

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How to download an ISO 10 image file from Windows

To get started, open Chrome and go to the Microsoft Windows download site.

Click the three dots at the top of your Chrome browser, and then select More Tools> Developer Tools. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + I on the keyboard.

Click the three dots, point to More Tools, and then click Development Tools.

Click on the menu icon, then select More Tools> Network Requirements to enable it.

In the "User Agent" section, uncheck the "Automatically select" box.

Chrome has a long list of preconfigured user agents to choose from. Click on the drop-down menu and select one.

The selection list of all preconfigured user agents in Chrome.

For this to work, you must make Microsoft believe that you are using a non-Windows operating system. All that is not based on Windows is enough, so we will select BlackBerry BB10.

Select Blackberry BB10 from the list of user agents.

Leave the Developer Tools panel open and refresh the download page. This time, when loading, you will see a drop-down menu where you can select the edition of the Windows 10 ISO file to download.

Select an edition of Windows 10 to download.

Select an edition and click "Confirm".

Select your preferred language and click "Confirm".

Finally, click on 32 or 64 bit to start the download. The download links are valid for 24 hours from creation.

Select the 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 10.

If prompted, choose a destination for the download, and then click "Save."

The user agent of your browser will return to normal as soon as you have closed the development tools of Chrome.

That's all we can say! Once your download is complete, you can install it on a virtual machine, mount the, burn the, or create a bootable USB key installation program, all without having to install Microsoft Media Creation Tool.

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