Windows 10 Tip: Get the Creators Update as Quickly as Possible

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 64 Comments

With the Creators Update poised for release, enthusiasts may be curious how they can get these major Windows 10 upgrade as quickly as possible. Here are a few methods to consider.

Note: Some people, of course, may wish to hold off on this potentially disruptive upgrade. If so, please refer to Windows 10 Tip: Get the Creators Update on Your Own Schedule for more information.

As I write this, Microsoft has not yet announced that the Windows 10 Creators Update is complete, nor has it said when it will begin rolling out this major upgrade to the public. But I understand the Creators Update to be complete; that is, that the most recent Windows 10 Insiders Preview release, build 15063, is in fact the “RTM” version of this upgrade. And I’ve long pointed to early April as the public release date. But no matter how you view the schedule, it’s clear that the Creators Update release is imminent.

So. How can you get the Windows 10 Creators Update as quickly as possible? Consider the following methods, which are listed in order of speed, with the quickest and most direct method listed first.

Today: Download the ISO. The Windows 10 Creators Update is now available for download in ISO format from the Microsoft website. For now, you’ll need to be a member of the Windows Insider program and sign-in with your Microsoft account. Then, under “Select edition,” choose “Windows 10 Insider Preview – Build 15063,” then your language, and then the 32-bit or 64-bit download.

Starting April 5: Use the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Those on Windows 10 version 1607—the currently shipping version of Windows 10—can download and run the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant (direct link) starting on April 5 and will receive the Creators Update.

Starting April 11: Windows Update. You can simply wait for your PC(s) to be cleared and offered this upgrade, starting April 11. As with previous major upgrades, that process could take months, depending on the reliability data Microsoft receives as it starts deploying it, and on your PC configuration. Also, once you are offered the update, you can delay its install as needed.

A few notes.

If you’re in the Windows Insider program, all you need to do is switch to the Fast ring and receive build 15063. You’re in.

If you do go with that first option, you can simply run the Setup application on the ISO by double-clicking the file and navigating into the now-mounted virtual disk. Or, you can use the instructions in Windows 10 Tip: Create Windows 10 Setup Media the Right Way to create Setup media that can be used on multiple PCs, for both upgrades and clean installs.

If build 15063 suffers from final catastrophic bug and/or isn’t the final Creators Update build, you’ll be fine. I don’t expect this, but you will be able to update to the Creators Update normally if so. And I do expect Microsoft to release various cumulative updates to 15063 (version 1703) before or soon after the public release regardless. We’re in a Windows as a Service world, folks.

Finally, I will update this post, if needed, if anything changes and/or new methods become available.

Enjoy!

 

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