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How to force download Windows 10 build 14901 on your PC right now

Only days after launching the Anniversary Update, Microsoft is now rolling out the first test preview for the next major update of Windows 10, which we know as "Redstone 2".

The new test version of the operating system doesn't include new significant changes, as the company is currently focused on code restructuring to add new features and improvements in the coming months. However, build 14901 includes new notifications with File Explorer to educate users the new features and new things they can do with the operating system.

Now if you're part of the Windows Insider Program, and you want to install build 14901, there is a chance your computer is not seeing the new update. However, you can use a quick workaround to force the download of the new bits.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to try successfully download Windows 10 build 14901 (Redstone 2) on your PC.

How to force the download of build 14901

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & security.
  3. Click on Windows Insider Program.
  4. Click the Stop Receiving Insider Builds button.

  1. Click the Need to stop getting Insider builds completely? link.

  1. Click Confirm.
  2. Click Restart Now.
  3. Once your computer restarts, open Settings again.
  4. Click on Update & security.
  5. Click on Windows Insider Program.
  6. Click the Join the Insider Program button.
  7. Click Restart Now.
  8. After your computer reboots, open Settings one more time.
  9. Click on Update & security.
  10. Click on Windows Update.
  11. Click the Check for updates button to force the download of the new build.

Keep in mind that it could take some time until the new preview test is available on your device.

It's worth pointing out that this workaround may not work on every case. Microsoft is aware that some users do not see the Windows 10 build 14901 on the Fast ring, and it says that it's working on a permanent solution.

Were you able to download the first Redstone 2 preview of Windows 10 on your PC? Let us know in the comments below.

Update: Microsoft's Dona Sarkar has noted on Twitter that the company fixed the rollout issue, and Insiders should now see build 14901 through the Fast ring.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

14 Comments
  • I still haven't gotten the Anniversary Update. No hurry...
  • Treid what you said a didn't work still no update, just checked for update again and it is now there.
  • Mine updated without incident.  No hack or workaround, just updated.
  • Mine too, I'm not sure this was present before, but now Edge has website grouping by the time added in Reading list (example: earlier this week, June, July, etc.)
  • I changed my Insider level to Release Preview, checked for updates, then back to fast. After that I waited about 5 to 10 minutes and the update showed up.
  • Just before trying this I tried 'check for updates' once more and now it's updating!
  • Didn't work yesterday for me. Worked today. Update is downloading now.
  • This work around worked perfectly for me.
  • Nope no R2 update. Someone forgot to turn the geographical knob from Redmond, state of Washington, US West coast, the rest of US and so on to global availability immediately. Just like they forgot to turn on Cortana globally.
  • Yes, it worked for me. SP3
  • This trick worked for me Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Just received the Build 14901. Installing now. But, I didn't receive until at least 12 hours after it was announced.
  • Haven't tried this workaround, but download started automatically for me a few minutes ago after I checked for updates.
  • System Update has 14901 ready to download on my computer as it's finishing the install I get Error 0x800700c1 and aborts install. What's that? JohnnyJTav