How to download any Windows ISO for free

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Whatever version of Windows you're running, the time will probably come when you want to reinstall. You might be lucky and can have recovery media on hand, or your recovery partition may be intact. If not, what can you do? You can download ISOs for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 direct from Microsoft.

It's always best to be prepared, so rather than waiting until you find yourself in desperate need, why not spend a few minutes grabbing the ISO (or ISOs) you need in readiness. There's no need to head off to a torrent site to download an illicit copy of Windows along with a crack, everything is available from Microsoft. Here's what you need to do.

As noted by Martin Brinkman on gHacks, getting hold of Windows 10 is incredibly easy. You could use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool, but many will see this as adding an extra, unnecessary step. Head instead to the Tech Bench website where, after signing into your Microsoft account you can download ISO for the Home and Pro versions of Windows 10, Windows 10 KN, Windows 10 N, and Windows 10 Single Language. Just select the version you want, pick a language and choose between 32- and 64-bit. Job done.


Things are slightly trickier when it comes to Windows 7 and Windows 8, and you'll have to resort to a little hackery to get your hands on the goods.

  • Visit Tech Bench using either Chrome or Firefox and open Developer Tools by pressing either Ctrl + Shift + J, or Ctrl + Shift + K.
  • Head over to Pastebin where the code you need is ready for you to highlight and copy.
  • Return to your browser, make sure you're in the Console, and paste the code you have just copied.
  • Hit Enter and you'll notice that the Select Edition drop down menu turns blue.


Take a browse through the drop down menu and you'll find that you can download just about every version of Windows 7 and Windows 8 imaginable -- there are also a few extra versions of Windows 10 for good measure.

Grab all of the ISOs you want, and save them for posterity.

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