If you are still waiting for the Windows 10 download notification on your computer and it's getting weary, here's an alternate way to get Microsoft's best Windows using .iso files. The downloadable disk images of Windows 10 will let you perform a manual upgrade without any delay. Microsoft released the .iso files along with a media creation tool in both 32 and 64-bit versions in over 30 languages.
If you are performing a clean install of Windows 10 on your computer, the apps and files will require additional installation. All previous apps and files will be stored in a folder named Windows.old. Using Microsoft's media creation tool, users can benefit from exclusive features such as media creation options, optimised download speeds and more.
How to get started?
Before proceeding with the Windows 10 installation using .iso files, you must ensure:
- A working internet connection
- Ample storage space on your computer, USB or a flash drive.
- A blank USB or DVD with at least 4GB space to create media
- Your computer must meet the basic system requirements.
- A product key for first time installation.
Microsoft also noted that Enterprise edition users will not be able to use media creation tool to upgrade to Windows 10. Corporate users can get the Windows 10 Enterprise evaluation, which is a 90-day free trial of the OS in SKU (stock-keeping unit) format, largely used by major organisations. These SKUs are available on Software Assurance annuity contracts and volume-licensing agreements, Computer World reports.
"If you are running the [Windows 10 Enterprise] Preview, we will send you notifications beginning on September 15, 2015, to remind you that it is time to upgrade your PC to a newer version," Microsoft's FAQ page reads. "After October 1, a clean installation of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Enterprise 90-day Evaluation, or your former operating system will be required; and you will need to reinstall all of your programs and data."
It has only been a few days since the Windows 10 stepped out into the wild and it has already garnered a lot of attention for its numerous blunders. While this may have raised concerns among those interested in the new OS, Microsoft successfully upgraded 14 million devices to Windows 10 in the first 24 hours. This is a promising sign for Microsoft and only time can tell how successful the Windows 10 will be as compared to its predecessors. The .iso files simply offer a sooner upgrade without waiting for an automatic push from Microsoft, which is usually a painless procedure. You can always for Microsoft's notification to upgrade.