This guide was for Windows 10 Version 1709 which reaches End of Support in April 2019 and is superseded by newer versions. For more details on the latest version see Windows OEM FAQs and Downloads.
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Windows 10 Version 1709 Installation .isos can be Downloaded from Microsoft by visiting their website.
The Windows 10 Version 1709 Installation media automatically inputs all mainstream Windows 8 OEM Product Keys. Windows 8.1 OEM Product Keys and Windows 10 OEM Product Keys during installation and automatically selects the correct corresponding Edition of Windows 10 OEM to install. All Activation Mechanisms with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Keys still work despite Microsoft only marketing a 1 year free upgrade.
Windows 10 Version 1709 Installation media accepts all Windows 7 OEM Product Keys although they have to be manually input as they are physically printed on a paper Code of Authenticity (COA). Once the 25 Digit Product Key is manually input the installation media will select the correct corresponding Edition of Windows 10 OEM to install. The COA is often found in the battery compartment of laptops. All Activation Mechanisms with Windows 7 Keys still work despite Microsoft only marketing a 1 year free upgrade.
The Media Creation Tool is a small application which can be used to Download Windows 10 Setup Files and Create a Windows 10 .iso. The .isos created from the Windows 10 Media Creation are multi-edition and the Media Creation Tool checks the setup files before creating the installation .iso reducing installation failure via the selection of the wrong Windows Edition or from obtaining an incomplete download.
The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is available to download from here:
This will take you to the software download page for the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool if you are using a computer that is running Windows 7 or later.
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Select Download Tool now:
Wait for the tool to Download then open your Download folder:
Right click the MediaCreationTool.exe and select properties:
Select the Details tab:
Check the file version in this case the version is 10.0.16299.15 which means the Media Creation Tool is for Build 16299 otherwise known as RS3, version 1709 or the Fall Creators Update. Double click the MediaCreationTool to launch it:
Accept the User Account Prompt:
The Windows splash screen will show:
Then the setup will get ready:
Accept the license agreement:
The setup will get ready again:
Select Create Installation Media for another PC:
I will download an English UK (English International) installation .iso:
The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will automatically select the Language, Edition and architecture matching your current install. These are normally correct.
Note if you are running Windows 7 English even with UK customisations, Microsoft will assume that the install is English (US) and give you an inferior English (US) .iso.
To switch to English (UK) ensure you uncheck Use "Recommended Settings for this PC" and select English (UK) opposed to English (US):
Edition just gives the option "Windows 10" but can be ignored because you will get an all in one .iso. The Windows 10 1709 .iso contains the following Editions:
- Windows 10 S
- Windows 10 S N
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Home N
- Windows 10 Home Single Language
- Windows 10 Education
- Windows 10 Education N
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Pro N
I advise using the 64 Bit (x64) architecture in almost all cases as the 32 Bit (x86) architecture is more or less falling into obsolesce.
- N=European Commission Editions. These are inferior to the Standard Editions and exist only because the European Commission filed a lawsuit against Microsoft. They have no media features. Like the European Commission they are extremely unpopular even in European Union countries.
- S=Secure Mode. This is an Edition where you are locked into installing software certified by Microsoft such as Microsoft Office 365 and Apps available via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft's implementation of these Editions have been seen "as pay for full functionality" opposed to a more Secure Edition and are hence quite unpopular. As a result Microsoft are going to merge S Editions into the main Windows 10 Editions in a later build of Windows 10 and allow one to Enable/Disable S Mode.
- Single Language as the name suggests is a Windows 10 Edition locked to a Single Language. You can't readily switch language once Windows is installed. However it is possible to download an .iso of another Language and Clean Install… It's sole purpose is to prevent cheap exports particularly from China and India where Microsoft lowered the price of a Windows License because piracy was previously an issue.
Select .iso file. The tool can make a Bootable USB directly but in my experience this is less reliable than downloading the .iso and creating a Bootable USB with Rufus.
You'll be prompted for a save location:
The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will now Download the Windows 10 setup files:
It will then spend some time checking the files its downloaded to make sure they are intact:
It will tell you to Burn the .iso to a DVD, ignore this completely and select Finish. Optical Drives are obsolete and a multitude of installation problems occur on systems that do have Optical Drives due to badly burned DVDs or via the Optical Drive being blocked via Secure Boot.
The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool setup will now clear up any temporary files and close:
Now that you have the installation .iso you can mount it via Windows Explorer (Windows 8 or Later) and launch the setup to perform an in place upgrade or you can use Rufus to Create a Bootable USB.
For more details see Creating a Windows 10 RS2/RS3 Bootable USB for a UEFI BIOS.