Download Windows 10 Anniversary Update Disk Image (ISO File) for your clean install PCs and VMs

Posted by Paul Braren on Aug 3 2016 (updated on Aug 4 2016) in
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  • With the initial release of Windows 10 a year ago, first, there's was the Media Creation Tool that can either upgrade the Windows 7/8.1 system you're working on to Windows 10, or download Windows.ISO for installation on another PC. With yesterday's release of Windows 10 Summer Update, the official Microsoft download site now gives you a choice:

    1. Update now to download Windows10Upgrade9252.exe and run the in place upgrade
    2. Download tool now to get MediaCreationTool.exe that still lets you Upgrade this PC now or Create installation media for another PC.

    I realize I'm nitpicking here, but that Media Creation Tool would always name the download Windows.iso, no matter build number it was based on. This made it more difficult to determine whether you have the new bits or the old 10586 bits. Wonder no more.

    Microsoft has now made it even easier for home lab enthusiasts and IT Professionals to grab the exact Win10_1607_English_x64.iso (or localized variant) you need, with no authentication required! It's the little things.

    Step 1

    Start your download now by visiting this URL:

    Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File)

    Step 2

    Step 2 - Select your edition and language.

    Step 3

    Step 3 - Select 64 or 32 bit version.

    Step 4

    Step 4 - Select the location you want to save your new, clearly-named ISO file.

    It's so helpful that they've completely decoupled licensing from the ability to download the ISO that's updated to the newly released version. This ISO will undoubtedly be handy for folks going through updating the OEM build process too.

    If you're bandwidth constrained...

    Once you have this file, of course you'll be using it for installs on home-built family PCs, Hyper-V and VMware VMs, etc., and you can still transform this ISO into a bootable USB drive with Rufus, without resorting to the Media Creation Tool downloading it all over again.

    If you're an MSDN member...

    The Subscriber Downloads page will be offering you a file named

    Turns out it's the exactly the same file as Win10_1607_English_x64.iso, just a different file name, see file compare results

    fc en_windows_10_multiple_editions_version_1607_updated_jul_2016_x64_dvd_9058187.iso Win10_1607_English_x64.iso
    Comparing files en_windows_10_multiple_editions_version_1607_updated_jul_2016_x64_dvd_9058187.iso and WIN10_1607_ENGLISH_X64.ISO
    FC: no differences encountered

    If you're a Supermicro owner...

    If you have a fat pipe to your server, you may want to just mount this ISO to your remote system using iKVM, then boot from that virtual CD-ROM device. This is a way to skip bothering with using Rufus to create bootable USB media. And for many recent SuperServer owners, soon you won't need Java to run iKVM, it's going HTML5!

    See also at TinkerTry

    First, a screenshot of how the bottom right corner of your desktop looks before the upgrade.


    Windows 10 Pro
    Build 10586

    The upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update seems to remove the version number showing on the desktop. Great news, this article still works just great:

    My system now shows:


    Windows 10 Pro
    Build 14393.rs1_release.160715-1616

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