How to download the Windows 10 Creators Update

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 6, 2017
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft enabled official downloads of the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 5th 2017 for the crowd that cannot wait to upgrade to the new Windows 10 version.

Windows users may use the Windows 10 Update Assistant, the Windows Media Creation Tool, or download ISO images of the Creators Update directly from Microsoft servers.

The general availability date of the Windows 10 Creators Update is April 11th, 2017; it is on the same day that security patches will be released by Microsoft. Note though that this will be rolled out over time, and that it may take months before it is offered to some users.

We suggest you wait with the upgrade, unless you require at least one of the features that are new in the Windows 10 Creators Update. If you do, make sure you make preparations before you install the update.

The Windows Update Assistant

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The first option that you have to upgrade a machine running Windows 10 to the Creators Update is to use the Update Assistant.

Simply visit the Microsoft website and click on the update now button there to download the latest version of the Update Assistant.

Please note that this is only an option if you open the website on a Windows 10 machine. The update now button is not displayed if the device you are using runs another operating system. If that is the case, skip this step and go to the Media Creation Tool chapter below.

The Windows 10 Update Assistant is a simple tool: run it on the Windows 10 machine you want to upgrade, and allow it to connect to the Internet. It checks whether an update is available, and will present the option to update to it then.

In this case, It will find the Windows 10 Creators Update, and suggest to you to update to that version.

One of the best features of Windows 10 is that it keeps getting better with every update. This PC is currently not running the latest and most secure version of Windows 10. This PC is running version 14393. The latest version is 15063.

We can help you get the latest security enhancements and feature improvements. Click 'Update Now' to get started.

The two options that you have at that point are to run the update, or to cancel the process. Please note that you need to cancel twice before the program terminates.

One interesting feature of the Update Assistant is that it checks whether the machine, its hardware and software, is compatible with the new version of Windows 10.

If that is the case, the download of the Windows 10 Creator Update is started. It may take a while to complete.

Good news is that you can just run the tool and let it do all the hard work. It checks for compatibility, downloads the files, and runs the installation.

The downside is that you don't get installation media. This is usually better, as you may re-use it. Good if you have multiple systems that you want to update, or if you want to run the installation on a device that is not connected to the Internet.

The Media Creation Tool

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The second option that you have to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update is to use the Media Creation Tool.

You may use it to upgrade the PC you run it on, but also to create installation media on DVD, as an ISO image, or on USB drives.

You download it from the same site the Update Assistant executable file is offered on. Simply select the download tool now option to download the file to your system.

Run it afterwards, allow it to connect to the Internet, and select one of the two available options to proceed.

Microsoft notes that the two main purposes of the Media Creation Tool are to create installation media for PCs running Windows 7 or 8.1, or to reinstall Windows 10 on a PC on which Windows 10 was already activated previously.

Still, you may use it to create installation media to install the Windows 10 Creators Update directly, or to update a system to the Windows 10 Creators Update version.

Direct ISO image downloads

ISO images are provided for MSDN subscribers, but also for anyone else. The second option is not advertised publicly by Microsoft, but direct downloads of the latest ISO images of the Creators Update are provided to the public by Microsoft.

Probably the easiest options to download these ISO images are:

  • Adguard website: simply open the site, select Windows (Final), Windows 10 Redstone 2 [March 2017] (build 15063.0), and pick the right edition, language and file.
  • Windows ISO Downloader: a free program for Windows to download Windows ISO images from Microsoft.

Now You: Will you upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update? (thanks Günther for the excellent guide in German)

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

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