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It’s been a while since Microsoft started rolling out its newest version of the Windows operating system. Those that had Windows 7 or 8 were able to perform a free of cost upgrade to Windows 10 on their machines, and back in September, they were also given access to a newer updates pushed by Microsoft, which had a lot of goodies in it.

Now, there are all kinds of reasons and factors that come into the equation, for which a Windows user wasn’t able to update to Windows 10 so far. There are even further factors that may prevent users from using any kind of external device, like a DVD or USB. Someone that finds themselves in such a position should not despair, as there is an alternative mode to install Windows 10, without the help of said external devices.

The way to do this is by installing the operating system directly from the ISO image, which can be downloaded from Microsoft’s servers. Coming up is a simple guide on how you can do that, and the steps you need to take before and during this manual installation to assure the safekeeping of your computer.

If you have been using Windows 8 or 7, your account already received an activation key for Windows 10 which will activate once you successfully install Windows 10 on your pc. Prior to starting the Windows installation, it is advised that you make a backup copy of all your important files and folders, so you don’t lose them in case of an error. Remember that you are performing this manual installation at your own risk.

  • The first you need to do is download the actual operating system. You can do this by accessing Microsoft’s website and downloading Windows 10’s ISO image.
  • Next up, you have to mount the virtual image. If you are using a third party application such as PowerISO or Daemon Tools, they should automatically detect the file type of the freshly downloaded image and Windows will set your third party image mounting app to open it, but you still have to manually double click the image file, or selecting the image mounting app’s options to select Mount.
  • If you have completed these steps, you should have the Windows ISO file loaded in your virtual boot driver. You can check in This PC/ My Computer for the Windows Setup logo. Open the drive, and look for the Setup executable. Run it, and follow the directions given on screen.

After you’ve followed all these steps, you should be in the point where the machine is installing Windows, so you have to wait until it’s done, then start customizing it and filling in all your information for your Windows profile.