Download Official Windows 10 ISO Images Directly Without Media Tool

Windows 10 Build 15063 is the final version of Windows 10 Creators Update. It is available for phones on the Fast ring, PCs on Fast and Slow rings, and Xbox One consoles on Alpha, Beta, and Preview Rings. Earlier, the company released the full set of language packs (MUI) too for Windows 10 build 15063. Here, you can get official ISO images made by Microsoft to install this build from scratch directly without using the Media Creation Tool.


The last time we saw in detail how to download official ISO images using the Media Creation Tool.

Here is an unofficial method to get official ISO images without downloading and using the Media Creation Tool.

Update: This article explains how it can be done with Firefox + a third party extension. A new article shows how to do the same with Google Chrome without installing any extension. See

Download Windows 10 Version 1809 ISO Images Directly Without Media Tool

The download page on Microsoft's web site checks the user agent of the browser. If it reports the Windows operating system, the Media Creation Tool will be offered for download. However, if the user agent reports Linux, Android or iOS, you will see direct download links to ISO files. Here is how the download page is displayed in my Firefox running on Linux with the default user agent (notice the same page opened in the background in Windows 10). I got automatically redirected to ISO images.

Download ISO Images

If you are running Windows, you can install a special extension in Firefox or Chrome (or any other Chromuim-based browser) and replace the user agent to get ISO images directly! I will show you how it can be done in Firefox.

There is a tiny extension called "User Agent Switcher" available in the Firefox add-ons market. It can be installed without restarting the browser and works smoothly. To get it working, point your browser to the following page:

User Agent Switcher

Click the green button "Add to Firefox".

User Agent Switcher In Firefox

Click "Install" when prompted as shown below.

Install Add On Prompt

Now, restart the browser as suggested.

Restart With Add On Prompt

Now, click on the hamburger menu button on the right and select Customize at the bottom.

Customize

In the customize mode, drag the User Agent extension button to the right area of the address bar:

User Agent Switcher Button

Now, click Exit customize and click the extension button you added. Select an alternative user agent, e.g. iPhone 5 in the drop down menu (see the screenshot below).

User Agent Switcher Select Ua

Note: If there are no default user agents available in your setup, download the following file: The default list of user agents and import it in the extension properties as suggested by the author.

Now, you can visit the download page and get the ISO image directly.

Download ISO images

You won't be suggested to install Media Creation Tool.

Windows 10 Download ISO Images Directly

11 thoughts on “Download Official Windows 10 ISO Images Directly Without Media Tool

  1. Alex Jorge

    This is a very valuable post indeed!
    Thanks I’ll give a try.

    Reply
  2. anoymous

    work for me! thanks much! but is this pro or home version?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      it is a combined ISO image, includes both Home and Pro

      Reply
      1. anoymous

        THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)

        Reply
        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          you are welcome.

          Reply
  3. Thiago

    On Microsoft Edge, you can use the Developers Options (F12) and change the user agente to iPad, then it will show the ISO download options…

    Reply
  4. Gilbert Dumas

    I am out of topic, but I would like to know if you have a tweak to get ride of the Thumbs.db. They are in every single folders that have pictures. BTW I am using Win10.

    I would realy appreciateit if you get one of your miracle tweak.

    I am 71 y.o. from Canada

    Reply
  5. Rick

    A couple of things: right now the Microsoft link is only available in certain countries. USA – Yes, Canada – No

    Your article for Firefox needs to be updated as the user agent switch link you provide is no longer compatible with FF 59+. Thankfully, there are many other options. :)

    Reply
  6. spida

    It don’t appear to like the Quantum version of Foxy, or have I grasped at something incorrectly, or misunderstood ?? Cheers.
    spida

    Reply

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