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  • How and where to find ISOs for old versions of Windows 10

    Posted on May 15th, 2018 at 06:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You’ll find lots of torrents and pirate download sites, but I still strongly recommend against using them (yes, even if you check the hashes).

    Instead, read this article by Ed Tittel and Kari Paajolahti. They look at downloading through the UUP Dump MiniServer and HeiDoc.net (an old friend). They both offer links into Microsoft’s own copies of the old ISOs.

    That’s the way to go.

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    • #192437 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      You’ll find lots of torrents and pirate download sites, but I still strongly recommend against using them (yes, even if you check the hashes). Instead
      [See the full post at: How and where to find ISOs for old versions of Windows 10]

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    • #192447 Reply

      Wazhai
      AskWoody Lounger

      http://windowsiso.net/ provides download links from microsoft.com for all previous Windows versions

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      • #192581 Reply

        EP
        AskWoody Lounger

        all from that site except Windows 7.

        • #192605 Reply

          Cybertooth
          AskWoody Lounger

          all from that site except Windows 7.

          Slightly disappointing that they didn’t have links to ISOs for XP or Vista or 8.0, from any source.

          Not that I have much need for any of the above, while any version of Windows 10 is of sub-zero interest here, which is why this is only “slightly” disappointing.

           

      • #192753 Reply

        anonymous

        windowsiso
        net

        Noticed nothing but hostile code and attack redirects.

        Can’t verify ISO because no (working) download was provided, plus they were too busy attacking me. Not something I would want to go through to get an ISO…

    • #192455 Reply

      dph853
      AskWoody Lounger

      “Information wants to be free.” Requiring a login to a corporate site to read an article serves the corporate interests not those looking for information. Thanks for the link, but I do not subscribe to sites to read a single linked article.

      You and I both know what happens to that email address (even if it is a onetime use fake address – why should I have to jump through hoops when I don’t really care to – my choice, I know).

    • #192456 Reply

      abbodi86
      AskWoody MVP

      https://tb.rg-adguard.net/

      all generated are Microsoft’s links

      and all three projects isn’t very much copyright-complaint 😀

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      • #192457 Reply

        Noel Carboni
        AskWoody MVP

        all generated are Microsoft’s links

        Confirmed, though uBlock Origin found it prudent to block 15 requests to show that page, a good number of them from .ru.

        DownloadSite

        -Noel

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      • #192522 Reply

        BobbyB
        AskWoody Lounger

        @abbodi86 Occasionally on the page if you select the Win10 Version you req. you can avail yourself of the “Refreshed” Images. These come in an .esd format that requires a Decrypter.iso maker.
        Its a “Swings & Roundabouts” scenario what ever you save by not installing the bundled updates you lose in Decrypting or more correctly Decompressing the file and making the .iso that’s if time is an issue. Yes there’s Win7 (all Ver’s just remove the ei.cfg from “sources” and remake the .iso) and Win 8.1 threshold 3 (inc the big updates i.e. kb3000850 etc) .iso’s in there as well and as Noel correctly pointed out apparently its from Russia. They all appear good images as far as I can tell if your not lucky enough to have MSDN access. Just use the succession of drop down Menu’s there’s quite a choice.

        Tech-Bench-esd-selection-Menu-etc

        Even though the .iso’s etc appear to be ok I would reiterate the advice given by Woody please be careful where you get your Windows images from it really is the easiest thing in the World to SYSPREP, Capture an image and create an, apparently, untouched image or .iso from a working Machine and pass it off as Genuine. Its really that simple to install a virus, Malware or any other nasty in there and you wouldn’t know. Chances are even if you did a Virus or Malware check on the image it wouldn’t find it in the Highly Compressed .esd or standard .wim file.

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    • #192463 Reply

      anonymous

      Very useful stuff, given the way MS are going with W10.

    • #192561 Reply

      Microfix
      AskWoody MVP

      Be careful and verify your checksums/ hashes for whatever version you choose.

       

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    • #192907 Reply

      anonymous

      This sha1 lookup tool may prove useful, although not all legitimate isos appear in the database, and it’s only sha1 checksums rather than sha256.  Entering the sha1 of your iso as the search term seems to be the best way to use it.  There are various ways to compute checksums in windows, but you can do worse than to use rufus, which you may already have around.  After an iso  has been selected in the rufus ui, click on the ‘#’ at the bottom of the ui and then md5, sha1 and sha256 checksums will be calculated.  It (hopefully) goes without saying that you should compare a given iso to a checksum obtained from somewhere *other* than where you downloaded the iso

    • #192946 Reply

      EdTittel
      AskWoody Lounger

      Thanks, Woody! I always enjoy reading your stuff. Nice to know you occasionally turn those tables the other way round.

      Best wishes,

      –Ed–

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