Windows 10 media creation tool is a rescue for those facing Windows 10 issues, especially after upgrading the Windows 10 version or updating it.
Issues like printer or scanner not working, Windows updates not working, computer freezing, Windows store not working, the internet not working as it was before, and many more. Majorly these issues are because of the drivers.
The media creation tool further downloads the most recent version of Windows 10, which can be saved locally or on a USB drive which automatically makes it bootable.
The media creation tool can also be used to upgrade the Windows 10 version directly, without saving it.
Here, we will save it locally as an image file to play safe, and that image will help you in fixing the problems when you have tried everything and only if it’s not a known issue.
Before you start
Make sure you check all these points before you start.
- No extra device should be connected through a cable to the computer, such as an external hard disk or a printer.
- Encryption service should be off if any.
- If it’s a laptop, it should be connected to the charging.
- C drive should have enough space, at least 25GB to be on the safer side.
- The computer should be connected to an unlimited internet connection, or you have at least 7 to 8GB to spare if limited.
- You have the Administrator’s rights to the computer.
- It’s recommended to take a backup of your important files.
Download the Media creation tool
Download Windows 10 media creation tool from the official Microsoft page.
The page is always updated and downloads the most recent Windows 10 media creation tool version.
Save the Windows 10 image file
Here we will see how to download and save the Windows 10 image file using the media creation tool.
- Run the downloaded media creation tool, from the previous step
- Allow the user account control
- Accept the License terms
- On the “What do you want to do” screen, select Create installation media and click Next
- Select ISO file, on the “Choose which media to use” screen
- Click Next and choose the desire destination to save the image file, and click save
Windows 10 ISO image file will now start downloading. Once it’s downloaded, go to the next step.
If you face issues in the future again after updating Windows 10, you can use the same downloaded Windows 10 disk image(ISO file).
This way you don’t have to upgrade Windows 10 to the next version if you don’t want to as you are using the same version of disk image that your computer has.
The process is also known as Windows 10 repair installation.
Mount ISO, and Run the setup
To run the Windows 10 setup, we have to first mount the downloaded ISO file.
To mount it, simply double click on the downloaded ISO file.
You will now see a folder containing Windows 10 files.
- Look for the setup or setup.exe file, and double click on it
- Allow the user account control prompt
- Click Next, on the “Install Windows 10” screen
- Accept the License terms
- Click Install, on the “Ready to install” screen
It will now start installing Windows 10.
This process checks corrupt OS files and replaces them if there is no update for the file.
Once the computer gets back to the Login screen, you are good to go.
On the Ready to install screen, it will by default Keep the personal files and apps, so you will not lose anything during the process.
Should you want, you can click on “Change what to keep” and uncheck the option to keep personal files or apps to remove your data or apps.