If there’s one thing we don’t like, it is downloading disc images in the form of ISO or IMG files for Windows and Office. Microsoft has made it easy to download Windows 10 ISO files using the Media Creation Tool. However, that only works if you want the latest version of this operating system. If you need an older version of Windows or Office, like a Windows 7 or Office 2010 ISO file, getting it legally can be a challenge. Luckily, a software developer has created a small free tool that assists you in downloading such IMG or ISO disc images. Here’s how to find and use this tool to directly download any Windows or Office:
NOTE: Please note that to use the disc images that you are about to download, you still need a valid product key for the software that you are going to install and use.
Where to get 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, that lets you download Windows and Office ISO files. You can download from here: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool. On the web page, look for and click or tap on the Download: Windows-ISO-Downloader.exe link.
The file you download – Windows-ISO-Downloader.exe – is small, about 6 MB. There is no spyware involved, no setup program, no nothing. We scanned it with three different antivirus products, and it was OK. Double-click or double-tap on it to run it.
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 legally download Windows 10 ISO files, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, Office 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 ISO files (including Office for Mac), and even Windows 10 Insider Preview editions. Unfortunately, the tool doesn’t have the option to download an Office 2007 ISO.
All the files are direct downloads from Microsoft’s servers. 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 2010, are provided as EXE files. Office for Mac packages are available in the form of DMG or PKG files.
If you don’t know what disc images are, you should read this article: What is a disc image file (ISO, NRG, BIN)?. Furthermore, 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 ISO files with Windows 10 (including older versions)
If you use Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool, you can download only the latest version of Windows 10. At the moment we published this article, the newest version is Windows 10 May 2020 Update. If you want to download an ISO with an older build or version of Windows 10, like the November 2019 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 Windows 10 ISO direct download starts, and the file is saved where you wanted it.
You mustn’t 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 Rufus to create a bootable disc or USB drive with the Windows 10 ISO that you just downloaded.
How to download ISO files with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
Run Windows-ISO-Downloader.exe and, on the list from the right side of the app, select the version of Windows that you are interested in, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. For this tutorial, we chose Windows 7 (August 2018), which has all the updates for the operating system built-in. 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, select the language that you want to use and press Download.
The app opens the default web browser and shows you the Run/Save dialog for the Windows ISO direct download. Select Save and choose where you want to save the ISO file. Press OK/Save once again to start the download.
You mustn’t 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 then use the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool or an app like Rufus to create a bootable disc or USB drive with the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 ISO file that you’ve just downloaded.
How to download Microsoft Office 2019, 2016, 2013, or 2010 ISO files
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 2019. Note that, unfortunately, Office 2007 ISO files are not available for download.
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 might notice that you can use it to download even individual Microsoft Office apps like Visio, Project, and so on.
Next, select 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.
For the older versions of Microsoft Office2010, the download windows and the process involved look like those for Windows 10, explained in earlier sections. Unfortunately, in this case, Microsoft blocked the licenses used to generate the downloads. That means that the ISO download links sometimes work and sometimes don’t.
How to download Windows 10 Insider Preview, DELL factory images, and other versions of Windows
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 Insider Preview on the right. Then you can download Insider builds for Windows 10, Windows Server, Windows Enterprise, Windows ARM64, etc.
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 SDK, ADK, WDK, and more.
In case you’re looking for a factory ISO image for your Alienware or Dell PC, Windows ISO Downloader also has that covered. Select DELL on the right side of the window, choose your laptop or computer model, and select the factory ISO with the Windows or Linux operating system you need.
Don’t hesitate to browse through all the available options and find what you are looking for.
Did you use the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool to get Windows ISO direct downloads?
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.