Unlike a few years ago, when you bought the original Microsoft Windows operating system, you would get a license as well as an installer CD or DVD. You don't need to download a Microsoft Windows ISO file and then create a bootable Windows USB or DVD using an application like Rufus or Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool which will be used as Windows installation media later.
But now it's different, when you buy the original Windows 10 operating system, you only get a license that is used to activate Windows 10 when installed, while Windows installation media can be obtained by downloading the Windows 10 ISO file and then creating your own bootable USB or DVD Windows 10 using the application. Rufus, Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool or other application.
Microsoft has provided a Windows 10 ISO file that anyone can download via its official website. It is not recommended that you download Windows 10 ISO files from suspicious sites of other providers because there is a concern that the ISO file is infected with malicious programs such as viruses or malware . This can compromise the data as well as Windows or other installed programs.
When you download the Windows 10 ISO file from the official Microsoft website using a Windows computer, you will be prompted to download the Media Creation Tool (MediaCreationTool.exe) first. To download a Windows 10 ISO file, you run this exe tool and then use it to download the Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft servers. You can read about this in the article downloading legally and legally Windows 10 ISO files .
If you want to download a Windows 10 ISO file using a computer other than Windows, for example, macOS or Linux, you are not asked to download the Media Creation Tool first. You will be directed directly to the download page to download the Windows 10 ISO file. However, there is a way to download a Windows 10 ISO file from the Microsoft website using a Windows computer without the Media Creation Tool. Here are the steps:
Launch Google Chrome browser and then go to Windows 10 download page . Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon (1) in the upper right corner, select More tools (2) and then select Developer tools (3).
In the developer tools window that appears, click on the Customize and control DevTools icon (1) in the upper right corner, select More tools (2) and then select Network conditions (3).
In the Network conditions tab, uncheck the check box (check box) Select automatically (1) and then select the user agent, for example BlackBerry-BB10 (2). You can also select one of the other user agents in the displayed list.
Then refresh the Windows 10 Download page. Now, you can immediately see a drop-down box to select the edition of Windows 10 from which to download the ISO file. In this example it is Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1) and then click the Confirm button (2).
Next, you are asked to select the language to use during the installation from the drop-down box. In this example, select English (1) and then click the Confirm button (2).
Next, you can decide to download a Windows 10 64-bit or 32-bit ISO file. Click the link according to the desired Windows 10 ISO file type. In this example the 64-bit download link is selected. You need to note that this download link is valid for 24 hours.
In the Save As dialog box that appears, specify the storage folder (1) and then click the Save button (2) to start downloading the 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file.