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How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as soon as possible

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is officially launching worldwide on October 17, 2017. This is the fourth major release rolling out to users, and it's a continuation of the Creators Update that introduces a new set of features and changes to enhance productivity while keeping your device more secure.

In this new version, you'll find new features, such as My People and OneDrive Files On-Demand. Windows 10 will also start the gradual implementation of the new Microsoft Fluent Design System. Windows Defender Security Center introduces a new data protection feature. The Settings app gets tons of new tweaks and now includes Cortana settings. Microsoft Edge gets several improvements, and much more.

Similar to previous releases, Microsoft plans to roll out version 1709 gradually, which means the update won't arrive on every device on day one. Usually, it takes days, or even months, before devices can see the new update automatically. However, if you don't want to wait, there are a number of ways you can force the update.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through four different methods to download and install the Fall Creators Update on your desktop PC, laptop, or tablet.

Note: Although the new version of Windows 10 is officially available starting October 17, the update may not start showing up before 10am PT.

How to get Fall Creators Update with Windows Update

The best way to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is to wait until you receive a notification that the update is ready for your device. However, as soon as the update is generally available, you can force the install using Windows Update.

To use Windows Update to install version 1709, use the following steps:

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

  1. If your device is compatible, you should start seeing the update downloading, and you then just click the Restart Now button.

Once you complete these steps, the update will begin installing just like a regular update, but it'll take a little longer to apply. If a prompt appears, select your privacy settings, and continue with the installation.

Also, remember that in the previous version, Windows 10 introduced the Unified Update Platform (UUP), a new mechanism that makes updates up to 35 percent smaller and faster to install, which means the upgrade process should be a lot quicker than before.

How to get Fall Creators Update with Update Assistant

Sometimes a computer is compatible with the latest feature update for Windows 10, but for unknown reasons, it does not see the update using Windows Update. In this situation, it's possible to use the "Windows 10 Update Assistant" to install the latest version.

If you want to install the next release of Windows 10 as soon as it becomes available, or it's been several weeks and the update didn't show up in Windows Update, use these steps:

  1. Download the Update Assistant from the Microsoft support website (opens in new tab) by clicking the Update now button on the page.
  2. Double-click the Windows10Upgrade.exe file to launch the tool.
  3. Click the Update Now button.

  1. If your device is compatible, click the Next button to begin the upgrade.
  2. Click the Restart Now button to start the installation.

After the process begins, Windows 10 version 1709 will install on your computer while preserving your settings, apps, and personal files. Once the installation completes, follow the on-screen directions to finish setting up your device with the out-of-box-experience (OOBE).

Usually, using the Update Assistant takes less than 30 minutes, but that will depend on your system's hardware and internet speed.

How to get the Fall Creators Update with Media Creation Tool

Microsoft also offers the Media Creation Tool that allows you to perform an in-place upgrade or clean installation of Windows 10 with the version 1709 manually.

However, sometimes Microsoft takes a little bit of time to make new releases available using this tool.

When the update becomes available, you can install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update using the following steps:

  1. Download the Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft support website (opens in new tab) clicking the Download tool now button.
  2. Double-click the MediaCreationTool.exe file to start the process.
  3. Click Accept to agree to the terms.

  1. Select the Upgrade this PC now option.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Confirm that the Keep personal files and apps option is selected. If it's not, click the Change what to keep link to modify the settings. Otherwise, your files, apps, and settings will be erased in the process.
  2. Click the Install button to begin.

After completing these steps, the upgrade process will finish installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on your device, preserving your files, settings, and applications.

If you're having problems with the Media Creation Tool, remember that you can use the tool to create a bootable media, which you can use to perform the upgrade or clean installation of Windows 10.

How to get the Fall Creators Update via the Windows Insider Program

If you're eager to install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on your computer before anyone else, you can do so by joining the Windows Insider Program.

The program was designed to give developers and enthusiasts early access to the development of upcoming feature updates of Windows 10, but you can also use this route to get version 1709 as soon as it's ready.

The Windows Insider Program features three different level "rings:" Fast, Slow, and Release Preview. While you could enroll in the Slow ring to get the new version early, you may come across bugs, and things may not work correctly.

The level you want to select is the Release Preview ring, which allows you to get the new version days before it becomes generally available with minimal risks and without having to reinstall the OS if later on you want to opt-out of the program.

Microsoft created the Release Preview ring to give users early access to quality updates, as well as device drivers and Store app updates. But because every update, including features updates, must go through every ring, it's also an option to get the Fall Creators Update.

To be among the first users to get the Windows 10 version 1709, you can enroll your device in the program using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & security.
  3. Click on Windows Insider program.
  4. Click the Get started button.

  1. Click the Link an account option.

  1. Select your Microsoft account, and click Continue.
  2. In the "What kind of content would you like to receive?" page, use the drop-down menu, and select the Just fixes, apps, and drivers option.

  1. Click the Confirm button.

  1. Click the Confirm button again to agree to the terms.
  2. Click the Restart Now button.

Once you complete these steps, you can use Windows Update to force the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on your device. Just remember that new feature updates typically become available days before an official release.

Opting out of the Windows Insider Program

When you're ready to opt-out of the program, you can use the following steps without having to reinstall Windows 10.

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

  1. Select the Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release option.
  2. Click the Confirm button.

  1. Click the Restart Now button.

After you computer reboots, you can continue using the new version of Windows 10 while still receiving follow up quality updates.

Wrapping up

While it's always recommended to install new versions of Windows 10 to start taking advantage of its new features and security enhancements, it's best to wait until it becomes available automatically through Windows Update.

That's because, initially, new releases of Windows 10 are not fully compatible with all devices, which is one of the reasons Microsoft releases new updates gradually. In addition, during the early days, Windows 10 may still have unknown issues, which can cause problems on your device.

Although all the supported methods to upgrade have been designed to protect your data and preserve your settings and apps, it's recommended to create a full backup of your device before the installation, in case thing goes wrong and you need to rollback.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

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.

59 Comments
  • Update Assistant doesn't work for me, it says I have the latest. I'm guessing MS hasn't updated the assistant yet.
  • Same. I was hoping to install it before starting the work day.
  • Of course, Your wish has granted and you'll use CFU tmrw morning. 🙂
  • You guys need to realize MS is on pacific time which is -5 hours GMT. So at the time of writing this its 8:43am on the eastern coast of USA, 5.43am on the western coast. MS is still tucked up asleep in bed.
  • 9AM MDT 10AM PT - https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/10/17/get-windows-10-fa...  
  • According to the Microsoft Blog the Fall Creator's Update launches 10am Pacific time.
  • I've already downloaded the Media Creation Tool, downloaded the ISO and checked the properties of setup.exe file inside the ISO.
    Unfortunately it's still the build 15063. :(
  • MS is on pacific time which is -5 hours GMT. So at the time of writing this its 8:43am on the eastern coast of USA, 5.43am on the western coast. MS is still tucked up asleep in bed. Give it a few hours.
  • How do I know the Media creation tool has the latest update when it goes live before I download. Need the ISO for 3 more devices.
  • No need to download ISO and then check... Just download Media Creation tool.. Open the file properties>Description.. it will give you the file version number as " 10.0.15063.0 which is OLD ISO ( W10- 1703)...
  • For a first time since YEARS I'll just wait even if that would be 1-3 months or longer. I forced Creative Update with some small tool released by MS last time and it was a pain and had to reinstall everything after few weeks. Now I'm not rushing, just OneDrive and My People hub are interesting for me but no hurry :) 
  • I guess it was bad luck, I've always forced the update and I never had a problem.
  • How to get ISO file?
  • Via Media Creation tool.
  • You can get ISO from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO (don't use Windows 10 PC to go to this link. Maybe use your mobile)
  • Not able to get 1709 update even i open on my mobile. Any suggestions?
  • Patience. It will be available after 10 am PST or  10:30 pm IST
  • Available now
  • What the latest version of fall update? 16299.15?
  • 16299.15, and the first quality update bumps the number to 16299.19 thanks,
  • Thx
  • Not received yet via Update settings. Will try MCT at midnight (probably MS throw Major update after mid-day).
  • Give it some time, I'll eventually be available today, but no everyone will get it on day-one.
  • Okay Sir! From previous major updates time, I guess it would arrive after 9.30Pm (IST). And CU usually released at 10.30pm(ist) on TUESDAY.
  • Still No Update How Do we Update To Fall Creator Update.
  • All you need is some patience.
  • MS is on pacific time which is -5 hours GMT. So at the time of writing this its 8:43am on the eastern coast of USA, 5.43am on the western coast. MS is still tucked up asleep in bed. Give it time guys. Try around midday.
  • Microsoft won't be awake yet, I expect we'll be able to get access to the FCU post midday Microsoft time. 
  • Sometimes it vary with country to country.
  • Ware are you from
    Actually
  • I'm from India
  • I don't know, can't remeber a major update Microsoft event ever occuring before America and technically on a day before they annouce it will to go live - time zone factors. The team who have worked on this will want to celebrate its 'golive'.
  • It probably isn't out yet
  • Precisely, No.
  • I hope it doesn't take 6 months like the "spring" creators update did on my Windows 10 Tablet. It finally received at the end of September
  • That's why you can force it using these methods, there's no difference of getting it now than waiting to pop up. So there's either no need to wait or complain of getting it too late.
  • Exactly! Don't wait for MS to push it to your machine
  • What about Windows 10 Mobile?
  • The million dollar question.
  • Final build of RS2+ will be announced any day now, with a release probably some 2 weeks after that. So November sometime.
  • What about it? It's over, it's been over for a long time
  • Installed via Release Preview, did a Refresh on my SP4. It's now working fine. Though watching Youtube will forever limit my i5 Skylake CPU to 800 MHz it seems.
  • Yes, Microsoft for mobile is still sleeping since...my last working phone which was the Lumia 1020.
  • Media creation tool still had 15063 build at 10am UK time
  • https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/10/17/get-windows-10-fa... 10AM PT
  • hello. tried steps 1 and 2 but that didn't work, step 3 worked and is downloading now (u.s.) :)
  • i have tried all of these except insider prog i dont wanna take risk first three doesnt work for me i am still in 15063.674    
  • The Fall Creators Update will be available at 10 AM P.T. Try launching the Upgrade Assistant after that time! View the official Blogs.Windows post here: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/10/17/get-windows-10-fa... View the time in the Pacific Time Zone here: https://time.is/PT Good luck!
  • I am downloading now to my Toshiba laptop via windows update, I ll see later on my HP.
  • Downloading in Sweden, Windows Update.
  • Just got my update via settings \o/
  • my two dells got the update just then!  they are downloading now...report back on how it all works after they settle in. 
  • Just installed clean from USB, runs like a charm! Awesome update!
  • Just an FYI, if you're downloading from the Media Creation Tool, you're only going to get Windows 10 S and not Pro. I know some of you don't care about crippling your machine with something as simple as Windows 10 S, but for the rest of the Advanced Users out there who want Windows 10 Pro, I would suggest you use the "User Agent Hack" to download the Official ISO's instead of using the Media Creation Tool. Link below for more info. https://winaero.com/blog/download-windows-10-iso-images-directly/
  • I was right in the middle of downloading with the media creation tool when I read your post. Thanks for the tip!
  • Now I just need Win10Privacy to be updated so that I can disable all the new spyware and garbage M$ added to this edition of Windows 10. =)
  • Just hit update and all done. Excellent update. Runs smooth. fast. Good Job MS. 
  • On two Home Windows 10 PC - no problem. On the Windows 10 Pro - huge, huge problems. BE SURE after it failes (takes about an hour to fail) to run Windows Update Troubleshooter (takes about 20 minutes) to fix the Registry and other issues this update creates! Currently trying the Windows10Upgrade9252   - manual update. Afer 30 minutes to get to 87% completed - it has been frozen for 20 minutes before hitting 88% for 10 minutes. It is going to time out and go to zero again. Then, I must fix the registry and reboot the PC. OH MY! 89% AFTER 16 minutes!  At 1% per 15 minutes, I only have a day left. Thankis Microsoft for not trying any real-world installations. B.T.W. It is 2017, how can anyone possibly excuse Microsoft for this and for this not having any communications for a week?
  • i´m trying to download the iso from Microsoft, but... i only see one iso, the question is: that iso got all the version in it (Single laguage,home,pro,etc)?