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Saturday, April 9, 2016

How to Download Windows 10

Windows 10 may install automatically on your computer if you have requested it.  If you have been putting off the upgrade, you may download it and then install at your convenience.

 We recommend downloading it into an ISO file, which is type of file that could be burned onto a DVD; BUT you don't need to create a DVD.  Windows has the ability to "Mount" this file so it looks like you are running a DVD.

Here's step by step directions:

  1. Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10  but DON'T SELECT Upgrade Now.   Scroll down a bit and click on Download tool now. This will start the download of MediaCreationTool.exe. By default this will save in your Downloads folder, but you may save it wherever you like... just remember where it is.
  2. After the download completes, find the file and double-click on it to run it.
  3. Accept the first page of fine print
  4. Select Create installation media for another PC and click Next
  5. The default of Use the recommended options for this PC should be fine. Click Next
  6. Select ISO file and click Next
  7. A file dialog will open to allow you to select where to save this file.  Pick and place and REMEMBER IT :-)   Save
  8. Go have a cup of coffee or other refreshment.  It will take a little while to download.
  9. When the media creation is complete, click Finish. DO NOT CLICK Open DVD burner
You now have a Windows.iso file stored in the location you selected.

When you are ready to install, right click on this file and select Mount.  If you have multiple computers you want to upgrade to Windows 10, you may select Burn disk image to create a DVD to use on the other computers.

Now follow the instructions in the Windows 10 Upgrade Configuration Checklist.  Be sure you have read Introduction to Windows 10 for Desktop and Laptop Computers so you understand the intent of configuring Windows 10 differently than the default (and useless) Microsoft rollout configuration.

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