Download ISO files and disc images with any version of Windows and Microsoft Office (100% legal)
If there's one thing we do not like, it is downloading disc images in the form of ISO or IMG files for Windows and Office. Microsoft has made it too difficult to download its software legally, and you have to go through many hoops to download a disc image for Windows or Microsoft Office. Luckily, a developer has created a small free tool that assists you in downloading the disc image for any version of Windows or Microsoft Office you want, straight from Microsoft's servers. Here is how to find and use this tool:
NOTE: Please note that, in order to use the disc images that you are about to download, you will need a valid product key for the software that you are going to install.
First, 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 developed. It is called Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool or Windows ISO Downloader (depending on where you look), and you can download it from here. The file you download a small "Windows ISO Downloader.exe" that has around 1.5-2 MB in size. There is no spyware involved, no setup program, no nothing. We scanned it with three different antivirus products, and it was OK. You just run the file that you download.
The app is available in many languages, which you can see listed below. You can change the language of this tool, from the Settings tab.
You can use the Windows ISO Downloader 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 files for Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2011 (for Mac), 2013 and 2016. The app has a well-maintained database of where Microsoft stores its disc images, and it helps you download them faster than using Microsoft's websites and tools.
The disc images are offered as ISO files (mainly for Windows) and IMG files (mostly for Office). Older versions of Microsoft Office, like Office 2007 are provided as EXE files. Office 2011 for Mac is available in the form of DMG files.
If you do not know what disc images are, you should read this article: What is a disc image file (ISO, NRG, BIN)?. If you need help in working with disc images, we also recommend these tutorials:
- How to burn disc images (ISO & IMG) in Windows
- The best 5 free programs to mount disc images in Windows
- How to mount or unmount ISO images in File Explorer
Next, let's see how to use this tool to download disc images for any version of Windows that you want and, after that, for Microsoft Office.
How to download an ISO file for an older version of Windows 10 (like Windows 10 RTM or Windows 10 Anniversary Update)
If you use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool, you can download only the latest version of Windows 10 that is available. At the moment we published this article, the newest version is Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you want to download an ISO for an older build or version of Windows 10, like Anniversary Update, Windows 10 RTM or Windows 10 Creators Update, you can't do that using the Media Creation Tool. Your only chance is the Windows ISO Downloader. Run it and choose Windows 10 on the right.
Then, on the left side of the app, click or tap the "Select edition" drop-down list and choose the Windows 10 build that you want. You can select from any of the major builds that were released for Windows 10. Once you find the build that you want, click or tap the edition of Windows 10 that you desire: Home/Pro, Single Language, Home China, etc.
Next, press Confirm and the tool spends some time to validate your choice.
Select the product language that you want to use and press the second Confirm button.
After a couple of seconds, you are shown two download buttons: one for the 32-bit version of Windows 10 and another for the 64-bit version. Press the Download button for the version that you want.
You are asked where you want to save the ISO file that you are about to download. Press Save, choose the folder where you want the file, type a name for it (if you want to change its default name), and press Save one more time. The ISO file is downloaded for the Windows 10 build that you have selected.
It is essential that you do not close the download window and the Windows ISO Downloader app. If you do any of these things, the download stops, and you need to start over.
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 download ISO disc images for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
Run Windows ISO Downloader.exe and, in the list on the right, select the version of Windows that you are interested in, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. For this tutorial, we chose Windows 7. Then, click or tap the "Select edition" drop-down list and choose the edition that you want. For Windows 7, you can choose Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate. Then, click or tap Confirm.
The tool spends some time to validate your choice. Depending on the edition of Windows that you selected, you may be asked to select the product language. Click or tap the appropriate drop-down list, select the language that you want to use, and press Confirm.
You are taken to the Downloads page where you can choose 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 ISO disc image, straight from Microsoft's servers. Press Save and choose where you want to save the ISO file. Press Save once again to start the download.
It is crucial that you do not close the download window and the Windows ISO Downloader app. If you do any of these things, the download stops, and you need to start over.
You can use 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 download an IMG file with Microsoft Office 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007
If you want to download the setup image for Microsoft Office, run "Windows ISO Downloader.exe" and, in the list on the right, go to the Office tab and select the version of Office that you are interested in. For this guide, we selected Office 2016. Then, on the left side of the app window, 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. If you look carefully, you will notice that you can use it to download even individual Microsoft Office apps like Visio, Project and so on.
Next, choose the product language from the list of available choices and click or tap Download.
Your default web browser is started, asking you to save the setup file that you are about to download. After you download 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.
For older versions of Microsoft Office, like Microsoft Office 2007, the download windows and the process involved look like those for Windows 10, explained in earlier sections.
How to download Windows 10 IoT and other versions, including new and old Windows Insider Preview builds
The Windows ISO Downloader tool is very flexible, and it allows you to download all kinds of Windows builds. For example, if you want the latest builds that are developed by Microsoft for testing, choose "New additions" on the right and then you can download Insider builds for Windows 10 IoT Core, Windows SDK or Windows Desktop App Converter.
If you need older testing builds for Windows 10, choose Developer on the right and then you get access to lots of testing builds for Windows 10 IoT Core, Windows 10 Language Pack, Windows 10 SDK, and much more.
Don't hesitate to browse through all the available options and find what you are looking for.
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 done until now. We also love the fact that we can use it even to download the setup files for individual Office products like Visio, Project, Word or Excel. Try it out and let us know what you think.