Microsoft will release the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 later today in a staged roll out. If past roll outs are an indicator, it may take months before the update is offered to all devices running the Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft will make the update available to newer devices running Windows 10 that pass compatibility checks. It will lower the bar gradually over the course of weeks and months to offer it to older devices as well.
Luckily, there are ways to skip the queue to download and install the Fall Creators Update right away.
I do recommend that you wait a bit before you install the update unless you really, really need the new functionality that it includes. The main reason for a bit of delay is that you may want to wait and see how the update is received from a reliability point of view. Does it cause blue screens, lag, crashes, or other issues?
Microsoft will release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today at 10 a.m. P.T.
Install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today
You have two core options when it comes to installing the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. First, through Windows Update and the Update Assistant, and second, by using the Media Creation Tool.
The easiest option that you have is to check Windows Update to see if the update is offered to you already.
- Tap on the Windows-key, type Windows Update, and hit the Enter-key to open the Update section of the Settings application on the Windows 10 device.
- Click on the "Check for Updates" button to see if the update is offered to your device already.
If the update is not offered yet, you have two other options to grab the update early.
The Update Assistant helps you update systems directly. It is a small program that you can download from the Microsoft website.
Note that Microsoft needs to unlock the program's capabilities so that it enables the installation of the Fall Creators Update. The version that is offered at the time of writing is still for the Creators Update.
This will change once Microsoft releases the Fall Creators Update officially.
Media Creation Tool
The Media Creation Tool may be used as well. You do need to wait for the official release before you may use the program. The program lets you create ISO images or USB Flash drives, handy if you need to update multiple devices or want to have a copy available locally if things don't turn out well. Also handy if you want to do a clean install.
- Download the program from the Microsoft website and run it afterwards.
- You are asked to accept the Terms of Service.
- Select "create installation media" or "upgrade this PC now". The first creates an ISO image or copies the operating system files to a Flash drive, the second will run the upgrade directly without creating installation media.
Tip: you can download the Windows 10 Version 1709 ISO image using Adguard's service as well. Downloads are from Microsoft servers.