This week Microsoft released the latest major update for Windows 10 dubbed the Fall Update or version 1511. Unfortunately, some users have complained that they do not see it via Windows Update. If that’s what’s happening to you, here’s how to upgrade your PC manually using the Media Creation Tool (MCT).
Why am I Not Getting the Windows 10 November Update?
The first thing to point out is that not everyone will see this update at the same as Gabe Aul posted on Twitter. So if you can be patient, the update should arrive via Windows Update in the next day or two.
Microsoft has provided a few scenarios on why you might not be seeing the update yet on its November Update FAQ page shown in the shot below.
Whatever the reason is that you do not see the November update, you might not want to wait. If that’s the case, no worries, it’s easy to upgrade manually.
Manually Install the Windows 10 November Update
Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft – just scroll down the page a bit to download it.
Next launch the MediaCreationTool.exe file you just downloaded.
When the wizard comes up, the default selection will be Upgrade this PC now (which is exactly what you want to do) and select Next. Don’t choose the second option as that’s for creating media for doing a clean install.
Continue following the wizard and accept the license terms. Wait while the tool checks Microsoft servers for the latest version of Windows 10 – which is the November update, and downloads the bits. The amount of time it takes to download and install the update will take a good chunk of time, so grab a coffee or beer while you wait.
Your system will restart and go through the upgrade process. When it’s all done, launch the Run dialog from the hidden quick access menu and type: winver and hit Enter.
There you go! You now have the November update – Windows 10 Version 1511 Build 10586.3.