Today we are going to explain how to download older ISO versions of Windows. When it comes to operating systems, whether for laptops or desktops, Windows 10 is probably the most widespread solution at the moment. Within the options offered by Microsoft, it is also possible to make use of older versions of this system. So we will see how to download Windows ISO images of older versions like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
It used to be difficult to find these ISO versions, at least officially. But for some time now Microsoft gives us the ability to download them.
How to download older ISO versions of Windows?
It is always advisable to use the official versions that Microsoft offers us.
How to download Windows 7 ISO?
We can choose to download the Windows 7 operating system. The technical support for this software ended in January 2020, since the company is trying to migrate all users to the current Windows 10. However, this system can still be downloaded officially and free of charge from the servers.
We can follow this link. In this case, we will need a license for the product. Once we are inside, before proceeding to download, we must go to the bottom of the page and enter the 25 characters in the section called Enter the product key.
The Windows server will validate the key when we click on the Verify button. Next, we can choose between the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the operating system. We click on the option that we prefer and the download will proceed. If the key that we have introduced is not the correct one, the process will not be able to continue.
If we do not have the code or, for some reason it has been lost or deleted, we cannot officially download the ISO version of Windows 7.
How to download Windows 8.1 ISO?
Microsoft also allows us to officially download the ISO of Windows 8.1. In this case, we won’t need a product key.
We can start the process from the following link, which takes us directly to the Windows 8.1 download page. We go to the bottom of the page and choose the edition of the operating system. Then we must choose the language. Finally, we will have to choose the 32-bit or 64-bit option.
How to download the older versions of Windows 10?
We can currently download the latest updated version of the operating system. If for some reason you want to make use of an older edition of Windows 10, you should know that it is also possible.
We can do it thanks to a useful tool. We can download the tool directly by accessing this link. If we encounter any problems during startup, we can run it with administrator permissions.
We will only have to choose the version we want to download among all the available ones, and the tool will take care of the rest (the script already includes the latest Windows update, the 21H1 of May 2021).
- When the download is finished, the program will open automatically.
- Then we will have to choose between Update Windows (this is only for the latest version) or Create installation media. This second one will be the box to check if we want to download any old Windows ISO.
- In the next window, we will have to choose the language and the architecture in 32 bits or 64 bits.