Did you know you can download a Windows 10 disc image free from Microsoft? This is seemingly little known, but yes you can download a complete legitimate Windows 10 ISO without registering or even having a product key, and you can install and run the entirety of Windows 10 using the image too. Once you have the Windows 10 ISO downloaded to a computer, you can then use it to install into a virtual machine, create an installer drive, use it for Boot Camp, or install it onto a PC.
Activation can be skipped and performed later. The file arrives as a standard. The Windows 10 ISO 64 bit release is a little less than 5GB in size, so it may take a while to download to your computer. As mentioned earlier, you do not need a product key to download Windows 10, nor do you need a product key or to activate Windows 10 just to install and use the OS, during the install process you can postpone product key entry and do it later.
The disc image download is free, though obviously a product key is not. Activating Windows 10 can be done after installing by entering a product key either obtained from the Microsoft ordering process or elsewhere.
Microsoft offering Windows 10 as a free download this way offers a great way to test out the Windows 10 experience before committing to buying it. Do note that web developers have another option available which is to run Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 in a dedicated virtual machine as described here , which is also an official download from Microsoft. That solution may be easier for some users if the primary intention of downloading Windows 10 is to run in a virtual machine anyway, since it arrives as pre-configured VM that only needs to be launched into VirtualBox or VMware.
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Obviously my mistake. Chris, many Mac users also use Windows for various reasons. I run Windows 10 in a VM on my Mac, for example. If I was sufficiently interested to read about Windows, where on the net do you think I would start looking? Not OS X Daily! No one is forcing you to read an article about Windows I guess, fair comment about not reading the article, but I did.
Personally I prefer Windows 8. As the article clearly states, the Windows 10 disc image download is free. Obviously the product key is not free. In Windows 10, I saved a test file from Notepad and then looked around for a way to add tags to the file, like in macOS. Oh, wait, no native filesystem tags in Windows 10?
You can install Windows 10 ISO for free without activating or a product key, just skip it during the install process. After you install Windows 10 you can buy a valid product key from Microsoft to activate the product:.
If you do not activate, you can not personalize Windows and you get a little logo watermark in the corner of the screen. Some people say it will stop working at 30 days but I have not had that experience, but maybe you will experience something else. I think everybody knows it already. The golden question is: Do you know how to activate it for free?
Hi, noobe question, what does it mean where it says links will expire on a given day? The link that is generated when you make all the selections is only valid for 24 hours. After that I guess you have to start again. You can download Photoshop for free. MS Office for free. You can download almost any software suite or package for free. Activation requires a paid product key.
Kip you fool, you can download and install and use Windows 10 without a product key and without activating. A novice talking about complex topics, fool. OSXdaily downloading Windows 10 is the final proof. No more emojis needed. What is the price to activate it once installed? What is the basic install size if one wanted to install this in bootcamp? Honestly if you have windows seven already activated or cracked with daz you can just use the accessibility upgrade to get windows 10 for free only requires hitting a check box saying you use accessibility software.
Otherwise no. Only use this option if you use accessibility tools. It runs pretty fast, too. Name required. Mail will not be published required. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited.
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