Although the company has not always made the official ISOs available to all (only for subscribers), some time ago it finally decided to do so, delegating the legality of the system to the license and not to the image, thus reducing the number of infected operating systems without users being aware of it.
Although today Microsoft only lets us download Windows 10, taking advantage of a simple trick you can also download the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ISO, systems that are still supported and that account for a considerable market share.
What ISO can we download and how are the K, N and KN versions different?
If what we are going to do is download windows 10, in the same ISO will come the two main versions of the operating system, Home and Pro, activating one or the other according to the activation license.
If what we are going to do is download a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 ISO, our options will be:
- Windows 7 Home Basic
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 7 Ultimate
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 8.1 Professional
In each ISO we can see 3 different versions: K, N and KN:
- N: Commercial version for the European market that eliminates multimedia support.
- K: Commercial version for the Korean market, comes with links to download third-party media players and messaging clients.
- KN: A combination of the two previous versions.
How to download the official Windows 10 ISOs
As we have seen on other occasions, Microsoft allows us to download the official Windows 10 ISOs from its servers completely free of charge. For this we simply must access your main website and, at the bottom, choose the version that we want to download.
The ISO image we choose will allow us to install the Home and Pro version of Windows 10. The Enterprise versions, for obvious reasons, are not available for download in this way.
Once we have chosen the version of Windows 10 that we want to download and click on “Validate”, the web will ask us for our language and architecture, that is, if we want the operating system for 32 or 64 bits.
How to download the official Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ISOs from Microsoft’s servers
By default, Microsoft does not allow us to download old versions of its operating system to get as many users as possible to upgrade to its new operating system, however, it is still possible to download these versions of Windows taking advantage of a little trick.
The first thing we must do is access the main website from where we have previously downloaded Windows 10 with a browser that allows us to use the development console, for example, Firefox or Google Chrome.
Once on the web we open the console:
- Firefox: Control + Shift + K
- Google Chrome: Control + Shift + J
And we paste in the console the script that we can see In the following link.
We press «Enter» and we can see how the same box appears as before in blue. If we open it we can see all versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
We confirm and we can choose the download language again.
We confirm again and, finally, we can choose if we want to download the 32-bit or 64-bit version.
Downloading these images is totally legal since, by default, they are deactivated (like any other Windows) and it depends on our license key to activate it to make legal use of the operating system. However, Microsoft could block this “trick” at any time, so if we are interested in the ISO we should download it as soon as possible.
Upgrade: This technique no longer works, however, if you want to download the Windows 7, 8 or 10 ISO, we recommend doing it by this alternative method.
Have you already downloaded the official Windows ISOs to save them in case they are necessary?
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