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How to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update starting on August 2nd. The new version of the operating system is a significant update with many improvements and features.

In the new update, you'll find a lot of new changes. From Windows Ink's advanced pen support to extensions in Microsoft Edge to improvements on the Start menu and Cortana and much much more — there's a lot going on with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Microsoft will be progressively rolling out the update — but how you can get it as soon as possible?

Not everyone will get the Anniversary Update on August 2nd, but eventually it will be available for all Windows 10 users, though it may take a day or two, or even a few weeks, for your specific device to gain access to the update. It depends on various factors, such as the device you're using, the method in which you obtained Windows 10, your location, and the load on the servers that are assigned to distribute the update.

Microsoft is known to roll out new significant updates slowly in case something goes wrong during the release. If something happens, the company can quickly halt the roll out reducing the number of affected users.

How to get the Anniversary Update from Windows Update

The best way to get the Anniversary Update on your computer is by using Windows Update. Starting August 2nd, you can manually download the update using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & security.
  3. Click on Check for updates.

Once your device connects successfully with the Windows Update servers, the update — listed as Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607 — will begin downloading, then simply click the Restart Now button, and Windows 10 will proceed to finish the installation. This process works in the same way as regular updates work for Windows 10.

How to get the Anniversary Update using the Media Creation Tool

Alternatively, you can use the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade or a clean installation of the operating system with the Anniversary Update. However, Microsoft often delays the availability of new versions through different methods for the sake of stability of the servers. As such, it could take a little bit of time until you can use this method to upgrade your computer.

Once the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available you can use the following steps to upgrade:

  1. Download the Media Creation Tools from Microsoft.
  2. Double-click the MediaCreationTool.exe to launch the tool. Follow the steps until you get to Windows 10 Setup.
  3. Select Upgrade this PC now.
  4. Click Next.

  1. Once the download completes, click Accept to agree to the terms.
  2. Make sure the installer is set to Keep personal files and apps, which should be the default behavior. (If it's not, click the Change what to keep link to change the settings.)
  3. Click the Install button to begin the update process.

At this point, the Windows 10 setup will start the installation of the Anniversary Update on your device preserving your files and apps. The upgrade process can take some time depending on your internet speeds, hardware, and other factors, but from the most part, it shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes.

How to get the Anniversary Update if you're in Insider program

If your computer or phone is enrolled in the Windows Insider Program, and you're running Windows 10 build 14393.x or later, you're already running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and you don't need to do anything else.

If you want to stay in the stable version of the operating system, you'll want to opt out of the Insider Program. Here's how:

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

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

  1. Click the Confirm button.
  2. Click the Restart Now button to complete the process.

Now your device will no longer be enrolled in the Insider program, and you'll be able to keep the same installation intact.

After unenrolling you won't get any more Insider updates until the new version becomes available to everyone on August 2nd. This means that you probably want to stay in the Insider program until the official release to stay fully up to date.

Here's another trick you can use. If you don't want to wait until the Windows 10 Anniversary Update arrives, you can enroll your device to the Windows Insider Program now and configure your settings to get new builds from the Fast ring.

After your device gets updated to the Anniversary Update, make sure to use the steps mentioned above to unenroll your device from the Insider program. Then your device will stay with the Anniversary Update, but it won't get new test builds.

Wrapping things up

While there is a number of ways to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the best way to get it is to use Windows Update, as it's what Microsoft recommends.

Remember that it's a slow roll out. If you waited this long, you could still wait a little longer until it becomes your turn to upgrade automatically.

It's important to note that even though it's safe to upgrade to the new version, it's always recommended that you make a full backup of your system before proceeding in case something goes wrong during the installation.

How are you getting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on your PC or Mobile device? Tell us in the comments below.

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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.

129 Comments
  • Can't you just switch it to Release Preview so you get final bits and app updates?
  • Please be aware that most people do not want to be on Release Preview, nor on the Insider program.
  • release preview is part of insider?  or only fast and slow ?
  • Release_Preview is still Insider, but generally an entirely different Branch/Cadence. "Production" is not Insider...
  • what about fast and slow?  right now I'm on release preview and received 14393.5.  my windows is retail license actvated since 8.1.  if i change to insider fast, will it break activation and add watermark?  I alway try fast build on seprate hard drive.  I know inside build release took off watermark since last few weeks.   what will happen if I put insider fast build on top of activated windows ? 
  • You never lose activation, the builds just expire if they're fast/slow, can't recall rationale behind why, but I doubt very much you lose ownership of the product entirely. Ownership's hardware hashed & recorded in your MSA, so it can never be lost. Personally I use fast/slow builds in an entirely sep. partition on my SurfacePro3, I don't want them in a production/working environment. I've never had a problem with ownership being revoked, you can have complications if you swap out Motherboard/CPU etc. Any complications can be easily sorted with a phone call, if you have a legitimate claim to a W10 Home/Pro licence.
  • For PC and tablet, sure, but what about phone and Xbox One? #OneWindows
  • Xbox One is not getting an Anniversary Update, it is getting a Summer Update. Different search, different terms, different systems.
  • Yes I want to see how they are improving the phones.
  • This is not a review for phones, it's a how-to for the 350 million PC owners out there. Let's please stick to the topic, thank you.
  • Besides, we all know how to update our phones and xboxes. All you can do is wait until it rolls out.
  • ..and my Commodore 64 hasn't been updated in decades.
  • Should have went with the 128 Posted via tandy color computer
  • i've upgraded to windows 10 through media creation tool couldn't wait i think i'll do it again if the update isn't available through windows update :) 
  • I think media creation tool is not giving latest build.  you have to wait until aug 2 to get latest build. 
  • Exactly. I found out the hard way and tried on August 1st and after waiting an hour and a half it just came back with the old version of Windows 10 without the update :'( Very sad and annoyed 
  • That's exactly how I did it also. I'm in Israel and if I had waited for Windows update it would've been at least September before Windows update got around to me here. So if it isn't available to me tomorrow on the 2nd Here in Israel, then I'm gonna do it the same way also. Not gonna wait until September or October to get it 
  • Nothing too surprising here, fortunately.  A decent collection of previous content, though. The one thing I find missing is that this relates to users already on Win10.  I still have a few systems not upgraded, so I was hoping to find something new about getting them directly on 1607, without installing the previous versions first.
  • ISO and Media Creation Tool will be updated with 1607 on Tuesday or thereafter. We'll cover that and add to it when it happens, but right now it is premature. Also, that tool for now works for Windows x to Windows 10 upgrades, but won't after today.
  • The "best way" to get it is Windows Update? Sure, if you have only one machine and reliable, unlimited fast internet. Downloading once and sharing the iso over the local network is much better if you have two or more machines with same edition and bits. Especially if you have a data capped slow connection.
  • It could be considered the best solution only if every user running Windows is a tech savvy person, which is not the case. Although, it might not be perfect, Windows Update is still the best solution for everyone (technical and non-technical users) to download the new update. Thanks Mauro
  • Sure, absolutely. Trying to explain ISO, how to mount it, what it is, etc. to common folks is a little more challenging ;)
  • Why would you install Windows from a mount ISO instead of a proper burn to disk.
  • A lot of people don't have optical drives.
  • Then you can't install from a virtual mount ISO as it won't be seen by the bios when you restart.
  • You can create a bootable flash drive from it... That's what I always do.
  • Yes you can. Files are copied to the hard drive and installation continuous from there.
  • >Why would you install Windows from a mount ISO instead of a proper burn to disk. So you dont waste a DVD on software that will be outdated in about 2 months. Wow, talk about not trying to save the plannet... Personally, I would download the ISO, Use the Windows 7 USB Tool, open the 10 iso with it and put it on a USB to install..
  • but but but climate change is not real! dvds are not waste do u not know gorillas had dvds too? surely earth would provide for it  
  • <p>can i just clean install by using media creation tool and download windows 10 so that i cannot us window update to get&nbsp;the anniversary update ...... sorry if you wouldnt understand but can you give me a suggest</p>
  • I have 8 x W10 devices and I'll be damned if I'm going to run around with a USB key to all of them. 8 x 3GB (likely download size) = 24 GB which isn't much. Most people would get at least 100GB / month (I get 250). But yeah, if your connection is slow, go right ahead and waste a day doing it manually. I still agree that Windows Update is the easiest and best method for the vast majority of people.
  • Who told you that most of the people have 100GBpM? Not in every corner of the world. I have unlimited broadband but it's throttled down after 20GB for FUP, yet I spend hefty amount per month for it. As I keep saying, look everywhere, not just about you. Internet is costly in developing country and we can not afford to spend it on every single update. I would always prefer one large update like this once a while that every updade now and then. I too have 4 WP10 computers. 2 more which I did not upgrade. And few more android phones which also consume data (switched from WP.... apparantly even WP10 also set to forced updates)
    Another thing I would like to know is, will it be full W10 installation ISO which can be used for clean install? If I get this in ISO/USB, can I dispose off the old W10 DVD? Or I will need to install precious W10 build and then install anniversary update every time I do a clean install?
    I have W10 pro edition on 2 PCs and Home on others. Thanks.
  • Yes, it depends on the country, but I couldn't find a plan with less than 100GB/m. Surprisingly I'm seeing a lot of unlimited data plans turn up for home ADSL2+ or Fibre Optic... and they're all under AU$70/m. Obviously there will always be people in 3rd World countries who can't get such things, but we're talking about what works for the majority of customers who typically live in 1st World countries. I still stand by what I said: Windows Update is the easiest and best method for the vast majority of people. Re: your question - yes, you will be able to get an ISO/USB version that contains the update that you can do an upgrade install with. You might want to keep the old ISO/DVD just in case. Personally, I just keep the ISO's on my HDD and make a USB key whenever I need them.
  • Thank you. I am downloading the ISO, now available. I will use it to clean instal on all the PCs. I did not say they should disable Windows update. I am just against forces update. All previous versions of Windows, till 8.1, had user selectable update options, was it not the best then? There was no need to change it to compulsory forced updates. Who ever wants auto-update could set it and forget it. Who ever don't, can select whatever update they want at their own preferred time. So for everyone it's win-win. And I doubt people in 3rd world still have less windows PCs than developed countries.
  • In INDIA, most of users have been used 1Mbps surfing speed , 125Kbps downloading speed & 10GB/month unlimited plan. After 10GB usage, they are down to the 1/2 of their broadband speed.
  • You do know that the default is for other machines on the network to share at least parts of the update, right?
  • Just wanna know what will be the next after The Anniversary Update for insiders?
  • RS 2
  • My 950 XL DS on Release Preview updated to 393.5 over night last night.
  • 14393.5 is currently latest build. 
  • Nope, its 14393.10 .10 is the latest build or v1607 insted of 1511.
  • He was stating 10.0.14393.5 is the latest build for Windows 10 mobile, which is true but has been out for a bit. The .10 cumulative update has not been released for mobile as of yet.
  • Anyone know if Release Preview insider builds come with watermarks? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No watermark on release preview.  I received update 14393.5  on release preview.  i dont see any watermark. activation stay. 
  • Cool, I'll stay with release preview for RS2 builds. Thanks. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It'll be a long time before RP receives RS2 builds, RP's time has finally come, & it's for RS1 builds... Its time for RS2 builds will be several wks (at best) before RS2's official release, & RS2 isn't due till at least April.
  • Good to know, makes sense, TY.
  • did you get the update automatically? I'm on Release Preview and my version is still 10586.494.. I'm continually checking for updates but windows says my device is up to date..
  • because its no release preview. its (14395 / 1607) the official final release.
  • You mean 14393.10
  • build 14393.5 is the anniversay update?   the same content will be released on aug 2 ?
  • Believed to be, yes, as close as one can get anyway.
  • Imma spammin refresh button on that date
  • What production build you should be on your PC in order to get anniversary update?
  • Better to b on 10586.494 ,which is the latest released official production build!
  • i tried the media creation tool. didnt work for me
  • Same. I just tried it. It didn't work. Hmm........... maybe I'll just wait. Maybe it'll come out in a week.  Or two. 0_0
  • Here is the weblink to the anniversary update, version 1607.14393 - 32 bit and 64 bit http://cloud.mail.ru/public/Jkdp/1JYvnNxXw  
  • This is not the Anniversary Update!  The last update prior to the AU is 1607.14393.10 - This includes Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3176929).  Released August 1, 2016.  
  • Yes let's download an operating system from a Russian cloud server, nothing risky about that... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Just used the media creation tool, and after 2 houres, I am still on the old version! What is going on?
  • I think its not released yet.
     
  • So I'm on the Release Preview Ring, and the Anniversary update was already available on July 28 on that ring, but I'm still on 10586.494, what am I doing wrong? I'm continually checking for updates but windows says my device is up to date, however I've read that Release Preview is currently on 14393.10.. It doesn't make sense
  • FYI, for anyone wondering as Tuesday AM, the Media Creation Tool is still using the 10586.117 version. I downloaded the tool and checked properties and that is what it lists it as. So for those wondering if you can take that route you will have to wait a little longer. 
  • The windows 10 media creation tool is not working atleast for me.
  • I tried to get the AU using Windows Update, and the Settings app will not detect the update. If it does detect an update, however, it will say it is downloading a Windows Defender update. However, the Windows Defender update doesn't actually install, because if I try to check for updates again in a little while, it will start downloading the Windows Defender update again. Anyone know how to fix this problem?
  • Dont try Media Creation Tool it downloads Windows 10 not its Universary update atleast for me.
  • Installing RS_RELEASE through Insider now and hoping the Bluetooth and WiFi issues I'm seeing on the 650 don't appear on PC.
  • No Downloading for mobile yet in Greece... (Lumia 950)
  • Or you can do what I did and download from MSDN.
  • Woohoo.  Downloading now.  Bring on the mobile version!
  • Any idea on when the updates for flagship models will be? 950xl to be specific
  • Lumia 950xl?? Anyone in India?? Keep me posted.. Thnx
  • It is downloading on my Surface Pro 4 right now. Can't wait to play with it - MST
  • I highly recommend to make sure the version that Media Creation Tool downloads is the Anniversary Update, which as of right now it isn't. Wait for the update.
     
  • Mine is. Check properties, 2 hours ago it was the old one.
  • I am really eager to see how it affects my lenovo z570... A really really old laptop
  • Yeah true... It downloads two updates. First one is smaller bits and second is the real deal
  • Updating Now. Not on the insiders program. SP2. The update reads as Windows 10, version 1607. Eastbay California
  • Nothings comming up on my updates is it available as an iso yet as of now ???
  • Media Creation tool is now version 14393
  • Is it out for India?
  • No
  • how big in size these file?
  • Read #2 comment http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-anniversary-update-iso-available
  • So I joined insiders again when 14393.0 was released, and left completely after a couple days. I installed the .3 and .5 cumulative updates successfully from bat files/command line, because they wouldn't come through WU (obviously) Received .10 through WU today. But ever since I left the insider program, on the insider settings page I get the message "another administrator has set up this device to successfully receive builds. If you want, you can take control of what builds this device receives" There is a "take control" button, but when i click it nothing happens. I have only 1 account on this laptop, its an administrator/microsoft account. It probably wont happen, but I am worried about receiving rs2 builds randomly when they get flighted. I have even tried a reset aka pseudo clean install and still get the same message. Other than that annoying issue, everything is perfect. System is running perfectly smooth. Anyone else experience this? Anyone know how to get the proper insider menu back? Any regedit entries? Bueller? Bueller?
  • I have this issue too (pressing "take control" button does nothing).  Did you ever find a solution?
  • The article title is misleading. I thought there was a way to force the update.
  • Force upgrade not working on mine. Had to force it last August. As I still hadn't had it come through at the end of the month. Mind you it does say in article takes 24 hours to enrol in the Insider programme.
  • Already don't get the update via windows update I'm from Chile
  • http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-anniversary-update-iso-available
  • Is worth noting that Media Creation tool uses an upgrade method and the Windows Update way is update as the naming suggests.
    Upgrading your system is not always a good idea as this will reinstall Windows.
  • Yeah more when have an army of computers
  • Downloading in France!!!!!
  • What's the difference between using the normal update method and using the Media Creation Tool for an "in-place upgrade or a clean installation"?  If apps and persaonal files are not deleted, is it really a "clean" install? Is everything else overwritten (i.e. drivers, settings, registry entries, etc.)?  Please keep the explanation simple.  Thanks.
  • UPGRADE:
    If you choose 'Keep old files' then;
    it will only update your OS without removing any installed software(s). CLEAN INSTALLATION:
    If you'll go with another option then;
    your C:\ drive(or where your windows had installed) will format and install OS from a scratch(Like newly installed Win)
  • Georgia - not yet available
  • Insider on Windows Mobile but not on Desktop. 1607 showed up this morning as an available update on my PC. The update was rather painless. All is good.
  • Getting mine now. Showing was Feature update to Windows 10 version 1607. This is on my new Acer laptop which came with Windows 10. Nothing yet on my two desktops which were Windows 7 & 8.1 upgrades.
  • windows only rolling out to people with fast internet.slow downloaders will be put on hold.
  • Hey Android/iPhone users! Don't cry!
  • Can anybody confirm the size of the update ?
  • Watch out the '#2' Comment in http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-anniversary-update-iso-available
  • From Argentina here! tried the manual update (downloading Windows10Upgrade9252.exe) and when it opens up, it looks for updates... after that, it closes and open again, and again, and again... it's a loop! I tried it in my Surface 3 and my Asus Zenbook and it's the same... There's some kind of bug in this tool...​ So... right now Im using Media Creation Tool. It's 14393.0 --- I choose upgrade... I dont know what will happen! I hope it installs the AU. Downloading 54%...    
  • Mine is 15 mins in a loop. I'll try Media Creation Tool. ¡Saludos!!
  • Wait, is 14393.10 the anniversary update or is there something else?
  • My windows media creation tool is only at 14393.0 - should I not run it?
  • You still should I think. Although .10 has some additional bug fixes and performance enhancements over .0
  • I'm updating my Surface 3 right now... "Installing Windows 10"... 33%... There's not any title or text about "Anniversary Update"...
  • Right click on the MCT in your downloads folder and select Properties.  Then go to the details tab to see what version it is
  • Restarting... uufffff I can't wait!!! I will notify you soon if MCT work...
  • What software version was your MCT?
  • This is what I'm seeing right now! I hope it's AU!.... "7%... Working on the updates      
  • I cannot post the IMG... theres a bug in WC posting
  • Daniel, There is another route to causing the anniversary update that is far simpler. Settings>update> learn more (in blue). Scroll down and click on the blue box. it will automatically download if you meet the requirements.
  • So, on my DIY custom-built gaming PC, I received the Anniversary update through Windows Update today. It's up and running and we're binge watching "Stranger Things" on Netflix with it. But on my Wife's Lenovo All-in-One, it's still not offering the update.....this whole rollout schedule is so weird! In any case, the Mrs cares about the update a LOT less than I do, so this ultimately still counts as "working out well!" :-)
  • Caveat emptor. Downloaded the update and didn't have enough space on my ssd for rollback purposes. Used my WD external drive with WD unlocker app to satisfy the 10GB condition. The system restarted to finish installing and asked for my External at boot. It couldn't recognize the drive because of the WD unlocker app, the update failed and now I'm redownloading 1607 over a less than savory connection. I have a more suitable 32gb flash drive this time.
  • Update: took 4hrs plus to install downloaded update. Really slow. I think it had to do with my flash drive being the workaround for my ssd running out of space.
    Almost gave up at 3%. Googled and found no solution. Just had to wait this one out.
    Now if I can figure out how to get android notifications in my action center. Good luck to all.
  • A bit worried now. Been doing the update for about an hour now. Was going nicely. But been stuck on a black screen. With rotating clockwise dots, for about twenty minutes now. Is this normal or has something gone wrong? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • my screen didn't turn black. it just said working on updates. like I said it took 4 hours plus to INSTALL the downloaded update, but i had the benefit of the progress percentage numbers. it stayed on 3% for over an hour?!  http://www.windowscentral.com/windows10-anniversary-update-common-problems-how-fix i posted the above link if you decide to do a hard reset with the black screen and rotating clockwise dots. Good luck Darren
  • Now back into Windows after doing an image restore. Proves doing backups, are a lifesaver. Just got to do updates for programmes and store apps again. This attempt was through Windows Insider Programme. May try through Microsoft website. If not I'll wait for it to come through Windows update. It shows being a rush for new things, doesn't always pay off.
  • I think something bad has gone wrong with the installation. Doing a restore from a system image using AOMEI Back upper. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm still waiting for the update!
  • Use Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant...It's a sure thing!
  • I follow this tutorial and when I format and install the ISO i still get build 1511 no anniversary update. so dissapointed.
  • How do you update a W10 tablet with 32GB drive? I started the update via Windows Update and it stopped after downloading everything saying it needed more space. This after it created a new folder of 14+GB leaving just 8GB available. Its a new tablet with no user files or apps yet so nothing to delete to free up space. I tried sticking a 128GB USB drive in it and the tablet recogniozes it but update won't or can't use it at this stage.
  • Make sure the 128GB sdcard is formatted correctly. I dont see why it wouldnt work, especially if the tablet supports it. If that doesnt work then just delete the files on the 64GB card and retry.