The latest edition of Windows is fast, reliable, and full of installation-friendly benefits. The new version of the sometimes overly neighborly operating system once promoted a controversial forced update policy, but lessons have been learned. Permission is required before any new versions are pulled from Microsoft's network, which is why accessibility is a smoothly regulated experience. Available on physical media from stores or from the internet as a Windows update, these two options simplify the installation process. You either buy the retail version if you're building a new computer, or you upgrade your current edition. But there are limitations to this means of installing Windows 10. To put it bluntly, a standalone version of a major operating system should be available in a form that lays somewhere between an automated internet download and that storefront option. This third option is one that sits tidily on your hard drive, but it has the same data structure as the physical disc. The disc image (iso) then only requires a disc burning utility to transfer the image. Transfers can be made to DVD, to a USB flash drive, or, depending on the software, mounted as a virtual copy. Here's how you create a Windows 10 iso. Download the image file from this Windows 10 iso link. The download is several gigabytes in size, so this will take some time, depending on the speed of your internet connection. As the download concludes, your next thought should be on how to transform this file into a fully functional copy of the latest iteration of Microsoft's flagship OS. If you're using an earlier version of Windows 8 or Windows 10, then you already have access to an iso burning utility, for your operating system natively supports disc images. You can even click on the 3GB disc image and mount it so that it's transformed into a virtual DVD drive. There's no physical media, but this virtual drive behaves as if you've inserted a copy of the downloaded OS into an invisible drive. The burn or mount option also works with third-party software applications, so give Imgburn a test drive if you prefer a full-fledged disc burning utility. Alternatively, stick with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, a link that's readily accessible on the iso download page. This small utility is designed to guide you through the genesis of your physical media. It's a small EXE file that acts as an installation wizard. Click on the "Download Tool Now" link, open the MediaCreation.exe (17.4MB) utility, and follow the instruction. After you accept the license agreement, a dark blue box titled "What Do You Want To Do?" pops into life. It only lists two choices, so choose your path. Topmost, there's the standard upgrade radio button, but it's the second entry that you're interested in for our purposes. Click the "Create installation media for another PC" button and wade through the next few screens. The last page of this guide is what you're here to see. It's the "Choose which media to use" page. From here, well, it's self-explanatory. The utility is offering to either turn a USB drive (larger than 4GB) into a copy of Windows 10 or to download the iso image and place it on your hard drive for mounting or burning. Choose the location for the file and hit the download button. Now, assuming you're coming from Windows 7 or 8, you already have your powerful DVD burning utility close at hand. Click on the image and a Burn option will appear at the top of the hosting folder. Alternatively, right-click the file to access the same command. Finally, insert a blank 4.7GB DVD into your drive and select the burn command to place a permanent copy of Windows 10 on your disc. A few caveats deserve mention at the tail end of this article. First of all, the free upgrade period ended on July 29th, 2016, but you can get admittance to a free copy if you use Assistive Technologies. Secondly, the image file is convenient, especially if you have a second computer you want to install Windows 10 on, but do remember that you still need an activation license.