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How to Download the Latest Windows 10 ISO Files Directly Using Your Web Browser

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Update: Microsoft is forcing users to download the ISO file using the Media Creation Tool. If you still want to download the ISO file directly, you can do so by changing the User Agent String in your web browser. This will make the browser pretend its on an operating system such as Linux or macOS, which Microsoft permits direct downloads from.

 

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Before you upgrade, make sure you check if your system is compatible:

 

12 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703)

Once you have your system backed up, you can download the ISOs by heading to the following URL: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Scroll down, then click in the Select edition list box.

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Choose the edition that currently matches your currently installed edition.

  • Windows 10 - contains both Windows 10 Home and Pro
  • Windows 10 N - contains both Windows 10 Home and Pro N - for customers in Europe (lacks Media Player).
  • Windows 10 Single Language - contains install files for Windows 10 Home Single Language

The ISO downloaded containing your corresponding edition, will detect and install the correct edition during setup.

Click Confirm

Choose your language then click Confirm again

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Choose your architecture - 32 or 64 bit.

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If you are not sure which edition to download and install, press Windows key + X, then click System; this will tell you which architecture is currently installed. Computers running Windows 8 or Windows 10, can double click the ISO to mount it then begin the installation. If you are running Windows 7, you will need to initialize the ISO. See how you can do that in the following article:

Create a Windows 10 USB Bootable Flash Drive (Updated) - groovyPost

Review instructions how you can upgrade using the ISO:

How You Can Upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update Right Now

There are lot more exciting features in Windows 10 Creators Update such as wider support for mixed reality gear, game mode and improvements to features like the Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux.

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I had a lot of trouble trying to use the Media Creation Tool.  I am using an HP netbook with only 32 gb for my C drive.  The media creation tool asked me to free 8 gb before it could create the bootable USB drive.  I cleared the 8 gb.  Then the Media Creation Tool proceeded to download the Windows 10 data, but it apparently couldn't create the bootable USB drive because 8 gb free on my C drive wasn't enough.  It should have told me how much space to clear before downloading the data for two hours.  It would be nice to be able to download the data onto a drive other than my C drive because the netbook I use has an SSD slot and some USB ports.

One feature I could use, is a way to to add my SD card storage to my C drive.  The disk cleanup function is very badly implemented.  When I uninstalled a bunch of apps they left a lot of files scattered on my hard drive.  I had to through my C drive folder by folder to try to find stuff I could delete that was left behind.

I would like Microsoft to add some sort of hypervisor to monitor disk activity.  Any time a file is created or deleted, it could be noted in a single file that's a directory.  If an install program is started, the directory could detail which app it belongs to.  There must be a way for windows to notice when new software is being added.  

A search of a C drive shouldn't take several minutes, it should take seconds.  A single file with metadata should be maintained as hard disk activity occurs, to keep track of what's on the drive.  Check sums could be use for new files being added to the drive to determine if it's on the black list or not.

Why doesn't windows monitor internet activity and maintain a black list to keep malicious sites from being accessed?  At least warn the user.  Crash reports and system state data could be used to find some malware.  A lot of the software I have been adversely effected by were "free" utilities to accomplish a basic computing task, such as converting a file.  A whole LOT of malware can be blocked by warning the windows customer before they download a bad ware or visit a URL that's been identified as nasty.

Why doesn't windows keep an eye on internet activity, cpu/ gpu and memory usage, disk activity and identify code that's behaving dodgy?  I have tried many anti virus products over the years and none of them seem to help much.  Any time my computer has been infected, I had a lot of problems using functions of my computer.  One common symptom is my CPU being maxed out constantly when I'm not running much.

I think that if you watched the Windows machines for the characteristics of a compromised system, you may be able to identify the exploits being used and patch them quickly.  For a given model of computer are there not baselines which can be used to detect a root kitted system.  When a system is built at the factory, why not have the configuration sent to a microsoft server, tied to the systems MAC address so windows knows exactly how many cycles to expect from a system.  The physical hardware should be detectable via the network connection in a way that doesn't use firmware, and the networking functions could be standardized and baked into the hardware in ROMs, so that the Windows servers can always see what hardware is being used.

I'm trying to think of some way we can actually stop rootkits somewhat.  It may be a decent idea to provide roms to OEMs that contain enough of Windows so that a computer can always be controlled by MS servers in the event of a computer needing to be restored.  This ROM should be able to connect to Microsoft and begin the Window installation process.  I mean, c'mon guys.  The OS is only 10 gb.  A 1 or 2 gb ROM in all new computers, could be what's needed to keep the system completely virus free!  Of course this requires an internet connection.  But Internet access is somewhat ubiquitous.  

Anyways, just some thoughts I was having about the OS.  It's gotten way better over the years, but still has a lot of problems that you don't expect from an OS.

 

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