Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

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Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is a very useful tool for users to upgrade Windows 10 or reinstall Windows 10.
In this article, I will show you how to use Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to make Windows installation media or to download ISO file with detailed steps and screenshots.
When you want to install or upgrade Windows 10, you will need a Windows 10 installation media like a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD disc.
And Windows 10 Media Creation Tool enables you to create an installation USB drive or download its ISO file so that you can burn on to a DVD to install the operating system on a different computer.

It sounds that using Media Creation Tool to upgrade or install windows 10 is very convenient.

However, some users don't know what it is and how to make use of this utility. The free Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is a very popular utility developed by Microsoft.

With this marvelous Windows 10 creation tool, you can upgrade Windows 10 to its latest version without a hassle and create a Windows 10 installation USB drive/DVD disc to perform a clean install or to repair a problematic PC.

Windows Media Creation Tool is also a Windows upgrade tool as it can upgrade your PC to the latest Windows 10 version.

  • According to many Windows 10 users, using Windows Update to upgrade Windows 10 may encounter some errors like the common Windows 10 update error 0x8007007e, leading to upgrade failure.
  • In this case, it is highly recommended to utilize Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to upgrade Windows 10.
  • With this Windows upgrade tool, you can quickly upgrade your computer to the latest version of Windows 10.

Here are detailed steps and screenshots.

  • Note: If you intend to upgrade your current computer to Windows 10, make sure it meets the Windows 10 system requirements.
  • Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft's official website.

Run the Media Creation Tool. To run this tool, you need to be an administrator. On this page, select Accept. Wait patiently for Media Creation Tool to get a few things ready. When it's done, you can continue.

On the What do you want to do page, select Upgrade this PC now, and then click Next. At this time, Media Creation Tool will download some files for updates and then check your PC.

This process may take some time. Just wait patiently and it won't be too long. Read the license terms and click Accept. Wait for Media Creation Tool to check for updates. Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will check for your PC again and make sure you are ready to install.

  • When you get this page, you'll see a recap of what you've chosen, and what will be kept through the upgrade.
  • Choose Change what to keep, you can select what to keep by yourself. Choose whether you would like to Keep personal files and apps, Keep personal files only, or keep Nothing during the upgrade.
  • After selection, then click Next to continue. Close any running applications and when you're ready, select Install. During the installation, your PC will restart for a few times.
  • Please don't turn off your PC. Another function of Window 10 Media Creation Tool is that it can help you create an installation media for another PC or download ISO file.

And all Windows 10 editions are available when you select Windows 10, except for Enterprise edition.

  • When finished, you can use the bootable USB drive or DVD disc to install Windows 10. Note: Before you install or reinstall Windows on your PC, remember to back up important files on your system disk.
  • Before you download Windows 10 Media Creation tool, make sure you have:. A PC with a working Internet connection. A blank USB flash drive or DVD with at least 8 GB of available storage space.
  • A product key if you've not installed Windows 10 before or if you want to perform a clean install. Now you can follow the steps as below to create Windows 10 installation media (USB flash drive or DVD) and use it to install a new copy of Windows 10, perform a clean installation, or reinstall Windows 10.
  • Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and follow the instruction to get the following page. Then, check the second option Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click Next. Choose the Language, Windows Edition, and Architecture that you want to use for creating the installation media.
  • After selection, then click Next to continue. You can also choose to Use the recommended options for this PC, which automatically selects the language, edition, and architecture that match the PC that you are using right now.

Choose what kind of media storage device you want to use. Here I take USB flash drive as an example.

Your current edition of WindowsWindows 10 edition
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 8/8.1
Windows 8.1 with Bing
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8/8.1 Professional with Media Center
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 8/8.1 Single Language
Windows 8 Single Language with Bing
Windows 10 Home Single Language
Windows 8/8.1 Chinese Language Edition
Windows 8 Chinese Language Edition with Bing
Windows 10 Home China
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro

Bottom Line

  • Choose USB flash drive and press Next. Select the USB drive you want to use for creating Windows 10 installation media and click Next.
  • Then Microsoft Media Creation Tool starts to download the latest Windows 10 installation files on your computer or device.
  • When the download is completed, it will start to create Windows 10 media.
  • When it is done, click Finish and then you can use that drive to boot up your computer and install Windows 10.
    If the computer that you want to install Windows 10 has a DVD player, you can also select ISO file to burn the ISO file to a DVD later.
    • Just follow the step-by-step prompts on the Media Creation Tool to download Windows 10 installation files and save the ISO file to a specific location.
    • When it is finished, you can burn the ISO file to a DVD.
  • After reading the above, some users may find, even Windows Media Creation Tool is easy to use, it will still take you much time to upgrade or install Windows 10.
    Is there any much simpler way on Windows installation? Actually, there is a method that can make Windows 10 installation as a breeze - migrate Windows 10 from another healthy PC to your PC with a Windows migration tool.
    • If your friends or family are using the latest Windows 10, you can just use the Windows migration tool to migrate their Windows OS to your PC without reinstallation.
    • In this way, you do not need to create an installation media with Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and then use it to install Windows 10 as the whole process is time-consuming.
  • Well then, how to migrate Windows 10 with a reliable Windows migration tool?
    Here it is recommended to use MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro Ultimate Edition to migrate Windows 10. MiniTool Partition Wizard is a reliable Windows migration tool as well as a professional partition manager trusted by tens of millions of people.
    • It helps users to repartition hard drive, extend partition, convert FAT to NTFS, check files system, convert MBR to GPT without data loss, wipe disk, copy partition and migrate OS to SSD/HD, etc.
    • With MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can use Windows 10 operating system without installation.
  • Shut down your computer and take out your system disk.
    Connect the HDD/SSD to another PC of your family or friends who are using the latest Windows 10 via a SATA-to-USB cable.
    • Note: If there are important files and data on your system disk, please make a backup as the process will delete all the files on your disk.
    • If it is a brand new disk, then you can go ahead directly.

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