In perusing my usual sources of info this morning for blog fodder, I found a fascinating little batch script whose functionality is nicely depicted in the lead-in graphic for this story. The batch script comes from prolific GitHub developer Aveyo and it’s called MediaCreationTool.bat. Once run, the batch file pops up a pick list by Windows 10 version numbers 1507 through 20H2, as shown at the right of the lead-in graphic.
When you click on one of those options it opens the MediaCreationTool for the specific version identified, then takes you through language selection, edition and architecture (x86, x64, ARM). asks if you want to upgrade the current machine or build a UFD (or save an ISO). Easy-peasey for anybody who’s run the Media Creation Tool from the Download Windows 10 page, except it gives you one shot at everything for improved convenience.
Hats off to WinAero/DeskModder
Sergey Tkachenko at WinAero brought this item to my attention, and provides a handy direct download link for the batch file (actually this opens the GitHub page for the raw source for the batch file, so you must save it as MediaCreationTool.bat to put it into usable form). He got it in turn from German blogger DeskModder whose post title translates as “Download Older Windows 10 versions using the [Microsoft] Media Creation Tool.” Good stuff, no matter how you slice it.
Other Windows 10 ISO Download Alternatives
I’ve also written about another powerful and reliable source for every Windows (and Office) ISO known to humankind in my March 29, 2019 Toolkit Item: HeiDoc.net MS Windows and Office ISO Download Tool. Then there’s UUPdump.ml, which also goes pretty far back in time in terms of making Windows ISO components available, and constructing them from those self-same components. All of these options copy files directly from Microsoft’s servers, so there’s no need to worry about little nasties lurking in any of that code, either.
Add the MediaCreationTool.bat to your bag of Windows ISO-grabbing tricks. I figure Windows 10 pros and aficianados can never have too many of such things. Cheers!
Author: Ed Tittel
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