How-To Download Windows 10 Older Versions ISO For Free

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to download older ISO versions of Windows 10 to roll back to the previous version of the operating system on a desktop or laptop. If the latest version of Windows OS is not working as normal on your computer, downloading the ISO file for any of the old Windows 10 firmware that is fully working and compatible with your PC will address this issue.

Although it is possible to download Windows ISO from the Microsoft support website, you can only get the latest version. If you happen to need an old version of Windows 10 for some reason, the official source does not provide an option to choose previous iterations.

However, if you are running into problems since upgrading your computer to the new release, compatibility related hiccups pop up, or you do not fancy features bundled into the fresh Windows 10 OS package, a simple way to wiggle your way out of such situations is to simply download an old version of Windows 10 using the Rufus tool that makes rolling back to a previous version easy even for non-expert users.

For those not in the know, Rufus is a free-to-download third-party tool to create a bootable USB for Windows 10 installation.

That said, unlike the official Media Creation Tool, Rufus is capable of downloading the ISO file in addition to preparing the bootable flash drive for an older version of Windows 10.

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In the guide below, you will learn all the steps to download the ISO file and create bootable media to install older versions of Windows 10 using Rufus. You can use the tool to also download versions that are no longer supported.

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Here are the steps to create a bootable USB media flash drive to install an older version of Windows 10 on PC desktop and laptop.

Step 1 – Go To the Rufus website and download the latest version of the software.

Step 2 – Install the tool on your device, if you haven’t done so already, and launch it.

Step 3 – On the main interface of Rufus, click the Settings button.

rufus settings button

Step 4 – Now, under the Settings section, click on the Check for updates drop-down menu and select the Daily (Default) option.

rufus enable updates

Step 5 – When done, click the Close button and hit the Close button again to exit the app.

Step 6 – Launch Rufus again.

Step 7 – To create the installation media, click on the drop-down menu under the Device section and select the USB drive option.

NOTE: Make sure that your fully formatted USB drive has at least 8GB of minimum free storage before connecting it to your device. In case, you don’t see the flash drive on the list, restart the tool.

Step 8 – Once that out of the way, click the drop-down menu under the Boot selection section and choose the Disk or ISO image option.

Step 9 – To get things ready for ISO file download, click on the down arrow on the right side of the interface and select the Download option, and hit the button.

rufus iso download option

Step 10 – On the popup dialogue box, select the Windows 10 option from the drop-down menu, if it’s not already selected, and hit the Continue button.

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Step 11 – You’ll now see a Release section from where you can select the desired older version of Windows 10 to download or click on the link below for the most recent releases.

selecting older win10 iso

Step 12 – Once done, click the Continue button.

Step 13 – Select the Win10 edition, such as Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Windows 10 Education.

Step 14 – After that, hit the Continue button, select the language, and click the Continue button again.

Step 15 – On the next dialogue box that appears, you need to select the operating system architecture (x86 or x64) that applies to your device, and click the Download button.

Step 16 – Select the location where you want to save the downloaded file and continue with the default settings after the download.

Step 17 – With everything ready, click the Start button to begin downloading of ISO file.

Step 18 – Hit the OK button to confirm USB drive data deletion.

Step 19 – All done.

In the end, once you have completed all the steps, the bootable USB flash drive is all set to install an older version of Windows 10 using in-place upgrade or clean install.

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