If there’s one thing I don’t like it’s downloading disc images in the form of ISO or IMG files for Windows and Office, from Microsoft. The company has made it too difficult to legally download its software and you have to go through many hoops in order to download a disc image for a Windows 10 or Windows 7 installation. Luckily, someone has created a small free tool that will assist you in downloading the disc image for any version of Windows or Microsoft Office, straight from Microsoft’s servers. Here’s how to find and use this tool:
Download the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool
Jan Krohn has a small personal blog on which he posted a free tool that he created. It is called Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool and you can download it from here. The tool is a small “Windows ISO Downloader.exe” file that has less than 1 MB in size. There’s no spyware involved, no setup program, no nothing. You just run the file that you download.
You can use the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool to download legal disc images for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Insider Preview straight from Microsoft’s servers. Also, you can use it to download the official setup image or setup file for Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2011 (for Mac), 2013 and 2016. The app has a very well maintained database of where Microsoft stores its disc images and it only helps you download them faster than using Microsoft’s own websites and tools.
The disc images are offered as ISO files (mostly for Windows) and IMG files (mostly for Office). Older versions of Microsoft Office, like Office 2007 are offered as EXE files. Office 2011 for Mac is offered in the form of DMG files.
How to legally download a Windows ISO disc image from Microsoft
Run “Windows ISO Downloader.exe" and, in the list on the right, select the version of Windows you are interested in. For this guide, we selected Windows 7, but you can also go for Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Windows 10 Insider Preview, if you want.
Then you are asked to select the edition of Windows that you want to download. Click or tap the appropriate drop-down list and select the edition you are interested in.
Then, click or tap Confirm.
Depending on the edition of Windows you selected, you may be asked to select the product language. Click or tap the appropriate drop-down list and select the language that you want to use. Then, press Confirm.
You are taken to the Downloads page where you can select to download the 64-bit version of Windows or the 32-bit version, depending on which you prefer.
Press the appropriate download button and a web browser is launched to download the appropriate ISO disc image, straight from Microsoft’s servers.
You can now use a tool like the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to create a bootable disc or USB drive with the Windows installation that you just downloaded. If you want to know how to use this tool, read this guide: How To Create A Bootable Windows Installation DVD Or USB Drive.
How to legally download a Microsoft Office disc image from Microsoft
If you want to download the setup disc for Microsoft Office, run “Windows ISO Downloader.exe" and, in the list on the right, select the version of Office you are interested in. For this guide, we selected Office 2013.
Then, you are asked to select the edition and the product language.
Click or tap the “Select edition” drop-down list and select the edition that you want to download.
Next, select the product language from the list of available choices and click or tap “Download Now ”.
A web browser is started, asking you to save the setup file that you are about to download. If you downloaded a disc image with the Microsoft Office setup files, you can burn it to a disc, using this guide: How to burn disc images (ISO & IMG) in Windows.
Do you like the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool?
We love this free tool and we hope that its developer continues to maintain it as well as he has until now. We loved the fact that we can use it to also download the setup files for Office products like Visio, Project or individual Office apps like Word or Excel. Try it out and let us know what you think.