I need to repair my Windows 10 installation. Where can I get a clean ISO (with install.wim, no Install.ESD, so that I can run DISM against the WIM) of the specific Windows 10 build required for this?

In my case, I need the Anniversary update (Build 14393), Creators Update (Build 15063) or Fall Creators Update (Build 16299.15).

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    Media Creation tool can be used as well. You can create the ISO or USB disk which ever. Using MCT, the ISO would have install.esd instead of install.wim. FYI. – w32sh Aug 4 '16 at 13:49
  • @w32sh that is why I linked to the page to get proper ISOs with install.wim – magicandre1981 Aug 4 '16 at 14:53
  • If you want ISOs from the official source (i.e. microsoft.com), this answer has it – caw Feb 7 '20 at 1:26

Microsoft is no longer providing the clean ISOs (with proper Boot.wim and Install.wim and not ESD files so that you can use DISM to serve them) on a website.

But some users were able to find a way to generate download links.

  • open this website
  • under Select type: select Windows (Final)
  • under Select version: select Windows 10 Version 1607, Redstone1 [Jul2016]
  • under Select edition:select which ISo you want. Most home users want Windows 10 Pro + Home
  • select under Select language: your language
  • now select if you want 32 or 64Bit ISO:

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On the right site you can find now download buttons for the selected ISO.

If you want other ISOs for Windows 10 Creators Update, select Windows 10 Version 1703, Redstone2 [March 2017] - Build 15063.0.

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If you want other ISOs for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, select Windows 10 Version 1709, Redstone3 [September 2017] - Build 16299.15.

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If you want ISOs for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Version 1803), select Windows 10 Version 1803, Redstone4 [Apr 2018] - Build 17134.1.

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  • Well that doesn't work worth beans. As I check it today, there are four drop-down boxes: The top is "Select type:". That is the only drop-dox box that isn't greyed out (regardless of what value I select in the first drop-dox box). (Firefox 54.0.1 64-bit Microsoft Windows) – TOOGAM Jul 22 '17 at 16:38
  • @TOOGAM try a different browser or type in the search box what you look for. They change the site so often that it is nearly impossible to edit it all time. – magicandre1981 Jul 22 '17 at 18:56
  • @TOOGAM does it work now? Which ISo do you need? – magicandre1981 Jul 26 '17 at 16:41
  • No. (And I'm now trying from Chrome at work, instead of Firefox at home. Same problem.) And: none. I am not actively trying to acquire an ISO file. I'm simply pointing out that this rather-highly rated answer is providing information that is not being useful at the time of this writing. – TOOGAM Jul 26 '17 at 21:55
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    @A__ today I tried it again and I can get the 1703 ISO. try again. – magicandre1981 Jan 5 '20 at 13:55

Another way to download the ISO file is by using the Media Creation Tool. Download it here. Follow the instructions to download the ISO file of the Anniversary Update.

  • I've tried using the Media Creation Tool to install the anniversary update, and while it successfully downloaded several gigabytes and spent 30 minutes installing something, it simply reinstalled version 1511.Watch out that the ISO it downloads is actually the anniversary update and not an earlier version. – André Borie Aug 4 '16 at 14:15
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    @AndréBorie I successfully downloaded 1607 using the MCT downloaded yesterday morning. I guess the tool that you'd used might be an older version. – CodeIt Aug 4 '16 at 14:18

Personally, I like to use Jan Krohn's Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool for downloading the ISOs - it is a standalone-tool that will start the requested download from Microsoft's servers. Here is a screenshot of the GUI:

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool GUI

The ISO it provides seems to be the same as the one from the website suggested by magicandre1981 (checked SHA-1).

You can also copy the ISO's link via a button and copy it into a download tool like JDownloader.

The possible disadvantages to this tool are:

  • You may need the latest version to find new OS versions,
  • It asks for donating idle system resources. However, you can deny that request without drawbacks.
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    This was the only method that worked for me for downloading Windows 10 N. – Andreas Mar 9 '18 at 17:18

Official Links

Microsoft provides Windows 10 ISO for both Anniversary and Creators update till now. To download that ISO file, you need to change useragent in your PC browser or use a different device other than PC. Here I use Firefox but Chrome can also be used.

Here are the two links required:

  1. PC link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  2. Mobile link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

Open Firefox (newer versions), press Ctrl+Shift+M, which opens Responsive Design Mode. Open the #1 PC link in Firefox, Choose the screen size as you want, Change useragent in the box saying Custom User Agent, Type useragent randomly (e.g. abc), Refresh (F5) that webpage and you will be automatically redirected to mobile webpage.


That webpage declares

"You’ve been routed to this page because the operating system you’re using won’t support the Windows 10 media creation tool and we want to make sure you can download Windows 10"

Then choose Windows edition, product language, and 32bit or 64bit. Remember the download link only valid upto 24 hours.


Alternatively, you can change useragent type about:config into Firefox’s address bar, right-click on the page, point to New, and select String, name the preference general.useragent.override, enter your desired user agent as the value of the preference. Check useragent in Whatismybrowser.com.

Change_User agent

Further reading::

  1. Responsive Design Mode#Saving custom devices
  2. Reset default user agent firefox
  3. HTG: Change Browser useragent without extensions
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    I personally like this method as it ensures i'm getting the file directly from Microsoft, compared to the other methods which involve a 3rd party and opportunity for tampering. This can be done with IE as well. Open IE and go to the media creation tool website. Press F12 to open developer tools and click on the Emulation tab. Change User agent string to Custom and enter whatever you want in the Custom string field. The page will refresh using the new user agent and do just like you described. – lightwing May 23 '19 at 15:28
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    This is indeed the best solution. You can also just visit the first link (“microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10”) on an Android, iOS, macOS or Linux device and skip all the other steps. Just pick your version via the form and start the download. – caw Feb 7 '20 at 1:25
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    This no longer offers options other than the latest edition. – rudivonstaden Sep 15 '20 at 15:44

Method A: Using Rufus

Since version 3.5, you can use Rufus to make download requests for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 ISO image files from Microsoft servers which will include sources\install.wim.

  1. Download and run Rufus 3.5 (or a higher version).

  2. Click on the arrow next to the "SELECT" button and select "DOWNLOAD".

  3. Now click on the "DOWNLOAD" button and a "Download ISO Image" dialog box will appear where you can select between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 and specify Release (build), Edition, Language and Architecture.

  4. After specifying what to download, click on the Download button in the dialog box and Rufus will start the download and display the download progress bar. (Optionally, you can check the box "Download using a browser" in which case you will get a file download prompt in your default web browser.)

Once downloaded, you can either use Rufus to write the ISO file to a USB flash drive and create your Windows installation media or close Rufus and keep your downloaded ISO file.

Demo of downloading Anniversary Update ISO

As shown by these screenshots, I am using Rufus to download Windows 10 version 1607 (build 14393), also known as Anniversary Update (also known as Redstone 1).

Rufus - select image Rufus - download image Rufus - specify image to download Rufus - image download progress Rufus - image downloaded and ready

After downloading, I have mounted the image in File Explorer and you can tell by the screenshot below that it contains the install.wim file.

Win10_1607_English_x64.iso mounted in file explorer

Method B: Using Fido

Fido is a PowerShell script made by the creator of Rufus. It's the same script that Rufus 3.5 itself uses to download ISO image files of Windows. If you only need to download the ISO file (you don't need to write it to a USB), then all you need is Fido.

  1. To get Fido, just right click on the Fido.ps1 file on its GitHub repo page and save the script to your computer.

  2. To run the script, open PowerShell with admin rights at the location where the script is.

  3. Send the command Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted to grant execution rights. Answer with Y to confirm.

  4. Then type in .\Fido.ps1 and hit Enter. Answer with R to run once.

You should get the dialog box as seen in the screenshots above.

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