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How to Get Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Sooner Rather than Later

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Ready for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? Here are a few different ways to get it on your time and not Microsoft’s.

Microsoft started to roll out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) Tuesday of this week. This is the fourth major new feature update for Windows 10 since it was initially introduced in 2015. This version is the continuation of the Creators Update released the past Spring and it includes a quality set of new features and improvements.

Now, that doesn’t mean everyone around the world will be offered the upgrade right away this week. Fall Creators Update, like its predecessor, is being released in phases and users with the newest hardware should see it first. “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start rolling out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases, starting with newer machines first,” writes Microsoft’s John Cable. Microsoft also recommends that you wait until this update is offered via Windows Update for the best experience. Basically, The update might not be compatible with all devices and a gradual update gives the company more time to fix known issues as they come up.

However, if you’ve done the Windows 10 update thing enough times already and are comfortable dealing with any potential update issues, here’s how you can get it on your time and not Microsoft’s.

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Get Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Now

The simplest way to get it now is to manually check for the update. Head to Settings > Update & security and click the Check for updates button. If your system is compatible, you should see the update start to download and install. The update process can take a considerable amount of time and your system will restart a few times during the process. Just keep that in mind when you choose to grab it.

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Another option is to use the Windows 10 Update Assistant. Head to the Microsoft Software Page and click the Update now button at the top to download the Update Assistant tool.

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Launch it and follow the on-screen instructions that walk you through the installation process. It’s easy to use and will automatically keep all of your current files, apps, and settings.

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On that same page, you can grab the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft which is another route you can take. Like the assistant, it provides a simple wizard with on-screen instructions that walk you through the update process; however, the Media Creation Tool also allows you to create physical install media like a USB drive or DVD. Remember to confirm that the “Keep personal files and apps” option is selected since you want an update and not a clean install.

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On the other hand, if you have no desire to get this update because everything is working fine, and you don’t have time to deal with update issues, you can certainly wait. Read our article on how to delay, defer, or block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you’re running Windows 10 you can defer the update for a full year.

Are you moving to Fall Creators Update sooner rather than later? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below or visit our Windows 10 Forums for more discussion and troubleshooting advice.


7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. DebbyS  

    I checked yesterday (October 18) at about 1:30pm for the update as it should have been ready, I figured. It was — “wanna update now or…?” I said to myself, what the heck, let’s do it now, people say it should only take a few hours and I can do something else while waiting to be asked if it is okay to restart after the download.

    Everything was downloaded, installed and ready to go by 1:00 this morning. 12 hours. Not the way I had planned to spend half my birthday. I took naps of an hour or so yesterday evening and would get up to check if it was done, but as it downloaded about 5% per half hour and then the slow install… sigh! I’ll have to either get a super fast cable connection I can’t afford, or figure out how to tell MS I have a service I have to pay more for as I use it and only download critical stuff as I fear most of this huge download I won’t be using at all. I want to be secure but most of the updated programs were of no interest to me and don’t interest me now.

  2. Just checked on my Windows 10 box (running 1703) via Settings > Update & security > Check for Updates and it started the install for 1709. 40% installed as I type this. 😉

    -S

    • DebbyS  

      I hope you have a super-fast connection; I thought I was covered with that, but obviously not. Looks like cable with fiber optics “wire” connection would be the way to go if it is available and affordable. I am now on 1709 (OS Build 16299.19) and frankly notice nothing different, but haven’t dug into it much. I’ll probably wind up turning off (or deleting?) updated versions of programs I’ll never use, like Print 3D, Groove, Microsoft Office stuff (an old copy of Word 2000 is working fine for me), Xbox and other programs that are of no interest. But only after I decide to keep the useful changes and use the Clean Up function to delete the older version of Windows.

  3. Dr. Abdul Rasheed  

    It was not that difficult to get an ISO file of the new build.
    I got it on a pen drive and installed 1709 very easily even though it took a long time ( on an internet connection @ 20 mbps) to download the updates.
    I think it is better not to opt for updates during the installation process though the system prompts otherwise.
    A number of the soft wares that I had purchased got ‘deactivated’. I had to re-install or re-activate them all.
    Some of the applications disappeared. I got them re-installed.
    The most difficult problem is in the unresponsiveness of the start button. I do not know how to solve it.

  4. Ziggy  

    With all due credit to Ray Charles, this song sums it all up…

    Here we go again
    She’s back in town again
    I’ll take her back again
    One more time
    Here we go again
    The phone will ring again
    I’ll be her fool again
    One more time

    I’ve been there before
    And I’ll try it again
    But any fool knows
    That there’s no way to win
    Here we go again
    She’ll break my heart again
    I’ll play the part again
    One more time

  5. Aly  

    I could not get this media creation tool to downloads the windows 10 creation fall 1709 I got an error message error code 0x80072F76-0x20017 which I do not know how to interpret.

    • Ziggy  

      @Aly. You might wish to consider the following tips which may or may not work.

      First tip:- Right click on the Media Creation Tool exe, right click and select properties and then navigate to the General Tab. At the bottom you will find a box “Unblock” – tick that and apply. Now see if it works.

      Second tip:- Simply put the Media Creation Tool exe on the desktop and try it from there rather than from the default Downloads folder.

      Third tip:- Use Microsoft Edge to get the Media Creation Tool BUT don’t save it – just run it from the prompt within Edge.

      Good luck…

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