Adguard is a third-party web service that allows you to download Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office ISO images from Microsoft services directly.
Microsoft makes it quite difficult for the average user to download ISO images of Windows or Office.
While you can grab some ISOs from Microsoft directly, it gets quite complicated if you need ISO images of older Microsoft products.
One of the better options to get those is provided by the Windows ISO Downloader program for Windows. You may use the program to grab ISO images of Windows or Office versions or editions straight from Microsoft servers.
The program is available for Windows only however, so that you cannot really use it if you happen to use a different operating system.
Note: Microsoft moves, adds and removes downloads regularly. It can happen that some of the downloads mentioned below are not available anymore when you access the service. Please let us know if that is the case so that we can update the guide.
The Adguard website offers an alternative. If's biggest advantage over Windows ISO Downloader is that it is a web service. You need a modern web browser to access it, but don't need to install programs or plugins to make use of it.
All you have to do is pick an interface language at the top, and select the product that you want to download using the menus provided.
The following five menus determine the product:
Once you have made the last selection, the file download link is provided right away. The listing includes the file size of the download, and the SHA1 hash.
Downloads, at least those that I have tested, originate from Microsoft servers. It is recommended that you check the download link before you start it. The Adguard site seems to be powered by Microsoft TechBench, the same source that the Windows ISO Downloader is also getting its files from.
Aguard offers another method of downloading Windows and Office ISO images to the local system. Since it relies on TechBench, it is equally dependent on Microsoft not shutting down access to older ISO images.
The service works well right now, and downloads are quite fast considering that they are served directly from Microsoft servers and not third-party servers. (via Born)
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