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:
- Update now to download
Windows10Upgrade9252.exeand run the in place upgrade
- Download tool now to get
MediaCreationTool.exethat 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.
Start your download now by visiting this URL:
Download Windows 10 Disc Image (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.
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.
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 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!
- How to create bootable Windows 10 USB flash drives for clean installs on legacy and UEFI PCs including Surface Pro 3
First, a screenshot of how the bottom right corner of your desktop looks before the upgrade.
Windows 10 Pro
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:
- How to show Windows 10 version and build number on your desktop, also works with Anniversary Update Build 1607
My system now shows:
Windows 10 Pro