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Apr 13 2016   5:12PM GMT

Meet the Windows 10 Tech Bench

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In trolling around various Windows 10 resource sites I’ve come across periodic mention of the Windows 10 Tech Bench. Today, I decided to dig it up and check it out for myself. I’m glad I did: it’s a peachy resource. It offers ISO downloads for current branch Windows releases, plus some handy scripts and tools. The Media Creation Tool and Windows Download generally use .esd files because they’re more highly compressed, and thus better suited for repeated downloads.

Windows 10 Tech Bench home page

The download file for Tech Bench provides all kinds of useful documentation and instructions.

Here’s a list of what comes in the download file (links to ISO files occur lower down on the Tech Bench page, and include both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional in a single image file):

Windows 10 Tech Bench download file contents

What you get is information on how to set up installation media using the ISO images available, installation guides, plus copies of licenses and user guides for sharing with users who get upgraded to Windows 10. In short, the Windows 10 Tech Bench offers some handy stuff!

Downloading ISOs from the Windows 10 Tech Bench page

I just went through the download process on the Windows 10 Tech Bench home page. It asks you to choose a Windows 10 version, to specify a language ( en-US in my case) and to pick either a 32- or 64-bit image file. The 64-bit download is currently 4.1 GB in size, and took about 3 minutes to download on my Internet connection (which registered from 136 to 188 Mbps during the course of the transfer). Examining the install.wim file that the ISO includes, I observed it does contain 64-bit Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional versions. That version number is 10586.0, which means that the latest cumulative update must be applied to bring that version fully up to date (10586.218, as I write this post).

One more thing: the CleanupTool folder includes a handy little tool called AppClipTool.exe that provides nice visual insight into and control over some Startup applications. I never saw it before, or heard it mentioned elsewhere, so it was a nice surprise to find such a useful little widget.

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