TechBench makes it easy to download all versions of Windows 10 (Final and Insider), Windows 8.1 with Update 3 (build 9600) and Windows 7 SP1 (build 7601) as well as Office applications, language packs, and virtual machines directly from Microsoft servers.
If you’re updating an older computer with a previous version of Windows to Windows 10 it’s useful to have earlier versions of Windows 10 available. Earlier versions of Windows 10 often support older computers and hardware that gets left behind in more recent releases.
I updated an old Dell laptop by installing Windows 7 and then installing Windows 10 (it was running Vista). The current (at the time) version of Windows 10 wouldn’t install, there were driver and compatibility issues. After a bit of searching I found that others had been able to install Windows 10 on the same laptop using an earlier Windows 10 release. I downloaded the earlier version and Windows 10 installed with only a driver update needed and it’s running faster on Windows 10 than it did on previous Windows versions. It updated to the release before the current version with no issues.
TechBench has the earliest release of Windows 10 (version 1507) up to the current version available for download. Windows Insider builds are available from 14295 forward. Keep in mind that Microsoft doesn’t support older Windows 10 releases, they may have vulnerabilities that are unpatched.
Versions of Microsoft Office from 2010 to the current 365 can also be downloaded at TechBench, useful if an older version of Microsoft Office came preinstalled and needs to be reinstalled/repaired or you have the license but not the program file.
There are other useful downloads at the site, language packs, the TechNet Evaluation Center and Microsoft Virtual Machines.
Note: as of January 30, 2020 the Virtual Machine downloads are all generating XML errors.
The site is easy to use, pick the type of software you want to download, the version, the edition, the language and the file. After the selections are made a download button appears. Download links are time limited and have expiration dates.
If you ever wonder “Will Office 2007 run on my Windows 10 PC?” or “Does Office 2019 work with Windows 7?” this Microsoft Office Version and Windows Version Compatibility Chart
has what you need to know – it lists what’s compatible with what from Microsoft Office 2000 to 365 and Windows XP to 10.
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