How to download the original Windows 11 and Windows 10 ISOs from Russia in 2022

Microsoft has restricted the ability to download Windows 11 and Windows 10 from the RF official website – now, download methods that previously worked from the download pages do not work and report errors.

However, there are currently still ways to download Windows 10 and Windows 11 as original downloadable ISO images from Microsoft's website, even without using a VPN. Available methods are discussed later in the article.

Universal Media Creation Tool - Easy download of the right version image without a VPN

I previously wrote about the Universal Media Creation Tool script in the context of upgrading to Windows 11 on unsupported PCs or downloading older versions of Windows 10. It will also be useful for the current situation. The process of downloading an ISO image of Windows 11 and Windows 10 will consist of the following steps:

  1. Download and extract the Universal Media Creation Tool archive from the developer's GitHub page – https://github.com/AveYo/MediaCreationTool.bat. To download it, click on the arrow next to the “Code” button and select “Download ZIP”.
  2. Run the MediaCreationTool.bat file from the unzipped file folder.
  3. After a short time, a menu will open with a selection of available versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, select the one you want. Unfortunately, when trying to download a Windows 10 21H2 build using this method, there are issues.
  4. The next window is the selection of an action.
  5. Recommended option (others may not work). Selecting an option MCT Defaults The media creation tool of the correct version will be loaded, and then all the operations (selecting the version, creating the ISO image or creating the USB stick) can be done manually.
  6. If you select auto ISOThe automatic ISO image will download the necessary files and create an ISO image (you just need to specify where to save it), with the system language selected based on the system currently installed on your computer.
  7. Select an option car USB Starts the automatic creation of a bootable USB stick with the selected version of Windows.

In my test everything works fine, no crashes (except version 21H2), no need to activate the VPN. Once, when using the MCT Defaults option, the media creation tool crashed and did not reoccur on reboot.

Downloading the media creation tool over a VPN and then using the utility

Downloading Media Creation Tool from the official Microsoft website is possible by using VPN on the pages:

And some users may find the previously downloaded MCT utility in their computer's download folder, it has not lost its functionality.

You can then disable the VPN and use the media creation tool to download the necessary versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10, create an ISO, or burn an installation USB drive. At the time of writing this article, everything works fine.

WZT UUP and TechBench Generation Project

There are a couple more methods you can use to get the original Windows 11 and Windows 10 ISO images: UUP Generation Project and TechBench by WZT.

When the first option is used:

  1. Go to https://uup.rg-adguard.net/ and select the correct version of Windows.
  2. For the “Select Download Type” field, I recommend selecting “Download ISO Compiler in OneClick”.
  3. Download the generated file and run it (you may need to add to Microsoft Defender exceptions and check “Unblock this file” in the file properties).
  4. Include the necessary options when creating the ISO image.
  5. Wait for the files to download and create the ISO image with the selected version of Windows.

Second option: just go to https://tb.rg-adguard.net/public.php and specify the version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 you want to download.

A link to the image file will be generated on the official Microsoft website, which you can use to download Windows 11 and Windows 10. Some links are blocked (in my test without VPN, Windows 11 22000.318 cannot be downloaded, but with the version 22000.194 is fine), others work fine.