windows-logoCall me an old-timer! Call me someone who likes to have the CD or DVD for important software stashed away in a safe deposit box (what’s that?)! Most importantly, call me someone who wants to recover from a disaster quickly and easily!

With the advent of electronic delivery of software without the box and media, it is important that you keep a copy just in case of problems. With most products, the download is easily saved off to solid media: CD, DVD, memory stick. With Windows 10, most of us did the magic upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Yes, there are backup media creation tools within Windows 10. I found this article on ghacks.net that was talking about getting media for Windows 7 and 8. The neat part is that the basis for getting these is the ability to get Windows 10 media!

Getting the installation set for Windows 10 is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Download the archive with all the instructions about how to use the installation files.
  2. Download the Windows 10 32-bit image.
  3. Download the Windows 10 64-bit image.

Microsoft gives you the option of downloading four-different flavors of Windows 10:

  1. Windows 10
  2. Windows N: Everything without Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, and Windows DVD Maker (European market)
  3. Windows K: For South Korea with links to other instant messaging and media player software.
  4. Windows KN: For South Korea with the multimedia elements missing.

Thanks to Adam’s Code Blog for the version differences information.

Be aware that this is a very large download, close to 7 GB if you download both the 32-bit and 64-bit images, but well worth the time and space to create your own Windows recovery set.