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

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 44 Comments

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

Today’s the day: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now available. Here’s how you can get it immediately.

Note: Some people may actually want to hold off on this potentially disruptive upgrade. I’ll be writing up a tip for you soon as well.

Here’s how you can get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update—or, more accurately, Windows 10 version 1709—as soon as possible. I recommend trying these in order.

Windows Update. Starting today, Microsoft is making the Fall Creators Update available via Windows Update. Navigate to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update to see if it’s available. Chances are, it isn’t, as Microsoft is, of course, rolling out the update in a phased manner over time.

Upgrade Assistant. You can manually upgrade in-place by visiting the Microsoft Software Download website. If you see a headline titled “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now available,” you can click the “Update now” button to download and launch the Upgrade Assistant and upgrade that way.

Media Creation Tool. On that same website, Microsoft offers a Media Creation Tool download (under “Create Windows 10 installation media”) that will let you create ISO or USB-based install media. Please refer to Windows 10 Tip: Create Windows 10 Setup Media the Right Way for more information about using the ISO.

Happy Fall Creators Update Day!

Note: As I write this, the ISO is still the previous Windows 10 version. Microsoft should update that sometime today. —Paul


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