How to download Windows 10 for free

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    It is your intention download Windows 10 for free to be able to update a computer with a previous edition of Microsoft's operating system, it is good that you are aware of the prices and minimum requirements that the PC must have, in order to avoid running into nasty surprises or malfunctions of various kinds.

    As for the price, it's possible download Windows 10 for free and original, directly from the Microsoft website. However, to be able to use it in its full functionality and without any limitation, it is always necessary to activate it on the computer from which it is run (even after its installation), by purchasing a regular license of use, with relative Product Key. If you do not do this, you will be denied access to some functions of the operating system, such as those relating to desktop customization.



    At the time of writing this guide, the official cost of Windows 10 is 145€ for the Home version, and of 259€ for the Pro version; the two versions differ from each other for some details, such as group policy management, update management, a series of security features and some aspects dedicated to companies and IT administrators. To find out the differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, I refer you to reading the information page available on the Microsoft website.

    Either way, you can save quite a bit of money on the aforementioned figures by purchasing a legal Windows license from websites such as Mr Key Shop: the latter, in particular, makes available to users Windows licenses that are not used by companies and companies, due to the transition to cloud and subscription services.



    Mr Key Shop is managed by a company with offices in the city and England, which buys and resells unused licenses from companies and companies that have switched to the cloud or subscription services, in full compliance with the relevant European regulations.

    On Mr Key Shop you can purchase a license for Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro or a license of upgrade to Windows 10 both 32 and 64 bit. But not only. In fact, the site offers very affordable licenses also on the Office package, in particular for Office 2019, which is the most updated) and for the antivirus of numerous software houses among the most reliable in the sector.

    Purchased licenses arrive in minutes away email (also excellent from an ecological point of view!) and enjoy a garanzia soddisfatti or rimborsati. Furthermore, which is quite rare for this kind of services, thefree cittàn assistance.

    To proceed with the purchase of a license, all you have to do is connect to one of the links I have just provided you, add the product (or products) you want to buy to the cart and choose if continue shopping or whether to go to the cash. You will be able to finalize the purchase as guest or registering a account and paying with one of the many secure payment methods supported (eg PayPal, card or Amazon Pay).

    As regards the minimum requirements that your computer must comply with to run Windows 10, I will list them for you below.


    • Processor: 1 GHz or higher, 64 or 32 bit; in the latter case, PAE support must be present.
    • RAM: 2 GB (preferably 4 GB) for 10-bit Windows 64, 1 GB (preferably 2 GB) for 10-bit Windows 32.
    • Space up disk: 32GB or more for 10-bit Windows 64, 16GB or more for 10-bit Windows 32.
    • Screen: resolution equal to or greater than 800 x 600 pixels; the recommended resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels, ideal for correctly displaying all elements of the operating system and avoiding unexpected behavior within applications.
    • Video Card: any integrated or discrete video card with DirectX 9 or later support, with WDDM 1.0 driver.

    If you do not know how to see the technical specifications of the computer on which you intend to install Windows 10, I refer you to reading my guide on how to see the components of the PC, in which I have explained everything in detail.


    How to download Windows 10 for free in cittàn

    Having made the necessary clarifications, the time has come to explain, in practice, how to download Windows 10 for free in cittàn making use of Media Creation Tool, the official tool provided by Microsoft that allows both to download the operating system ISO and to create a bootable USB key (at least 8 GB of free space is required on the drive, which will be formatted).

    To be able to use it, you must have a working computer with one of the operating systems compatible with the program: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.


    To get started, visit this page of the Microsoft website, click on the button Download the tool now and wait for the Media Creation Tool to be copied to your computer. When the download is complete, start the file obtained, click on the button Yes and wait for some preliminary steps to be taken for the Windows download.

    Once this step is complete, click on the button Accept located at the bottom right, wait a few more seconds and then put the check mark next to the wording Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file (for another PC, in order to set the Media Creation Tool for downloading the operating system, not for its installation.

    Adesso, click on the button NEXT and check that the language,edition and l 'architecture of the operating system are consistent with what you need; otherwise, remove the check mark from the box next to the item Use the recommended options for this PC and use the drop-down menus above, which will now be "unlocked", to choose the options that are right for you.


    Almost there - click the button now NEXT, put the check mark next to the item ISO file, to get an image to burn to DVD later, click the button again NEXT and, after indicating the PC folder in which to save the file, presses the button Save and wait for the file containing Windows 10 to download completely.

    Be, invent, possiedi a Mac or a computer running Linux, Chrome OS or other operating systems other than Windows, you can download the Windows 10 ISO image as follows: go to this website, set the drop-down menu Select the edition su Windows 10, award-winning Confirmation and, likewise, Select the product language, using the menu that appears later. To finish, click again on Confirmation and then on the button that best suits the version of Windows 10 you need (64 bit or 32 bit), to start downloading the operating system ISO.

    Once the download is complete, you just have to burn the ISO file obtained on a Blank DVD, using the burning tool included in Windows or a specific program for the purpose: I explained how to do it in my guide on how to burn ISO.

    How to download Windows 10 for free on USB

    If, instead of making a DVD, you need to make one USB pendrive bootable by which to install Windows 10, first get an empty pendrive of at least 8 GB, connect it to one of the free USB ports on your computer and, later, download and start Media Creation Tool, as I explained to you a little while ago.

    Now, follow the same program initialization procedure and, after selecting theWindows 10 edition and have reached the window Choose the media to use, put the check mark next to the item USB flash drive and click on the button NEXT.

    Then click on name or on the drive letter of the key on which to download Windows 10 and press the button NEXT, in order to start the download of Windows 10 and the subsequent creation of the installation media.

    If, on the other hand, you are using a Mac and want to install Windows 10 on a PC, you can follow the same instructions I gave you in the previous section of this guide, to download the Windows 10 ISO file to your computer, and copy it to a USB key using the MacOS terminal or the Unetbootin program: here I explained how to do it.

    If you want to install Windows 10 in dual-boot with macOS instead, you have to create the bootable USB stick using the utility Boot Camp Assistant, integrated "as standard" in macOS (only on Macs with Intel processor), which I told you about in my program guide to use Windows on Mac.

    How to install Windows 10

    After preparing the Windows 10 installation media, all you have to do is use it to install the operating system: to start, turn on the computer you intend to act on and, if possible, create a preventive backup of the data that is important to you. Once this is done, restart your computer, enter the BIOS or UEFI and set the device to boot from DVD o USB pendrive, depending on the installation media you have chosen to create.

    Once this is done, wait for the Windows 10 installation screen to appear, indicate the language, time format and keyboard to use and click on the buttons NEXT e Install, to initialize the necessary files; now, enter the Product Key Windows 10 in the appropriate field and click on the button NEXT or, if you don't have any yet, press on the item I don't have a product key, located at the bottom right. If required, specify theedition of Windows 10 you prefer to install, by clicking on its name.

    Now, choose if update and install Windows while retaining files, settings and applications or install windows only and format the hard disk, by clicking on the appropriate item, and follow the instructions given to you to start the setup.

    In the first case, you will have to to accept the operating system license and wait for the files to be copied to the disk and then installed. In the second case, instead, you will have to use the disk and partition management screen to format the disk and proceed with the reinstallation of Windows 10.

    In any case, at the end of the file copying and installation phase, the computer will restart and will offer you the first configuration of the operating system: Cortana / Windows Ink settings, access options, privacy settings, search, and so on.

    For more information about installing Windows 10 on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, I refer you to reading the specific guides I have dedicated to the topic.

    If, on the other hand, you are looking to install Windows 10 on Mac, alongside the "original" operating system, you will have to use the Boot Camp assistant once again: I explained how to do it in my guide on how to install Windows on Mac. for Macs with Apple Silicon chips (eg M1), where Windows is not supported.

    If you have not activated Windows 10 during installation, you will still be able to use the operating system, with numerous limitations, for a limited period of time, after which the warnings regarding the need to activate the operating system will become more and more frequent, up to completely prevent you from using it easily. In the meantime, if you have purchased a Product Key and want to use it to activate Windows 10 at a later time after installation, refer to the tutorial I have just indicated, in which I explained how to proceed.

    Article created in collaboration with Mr Key Shop.

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