Use this simple app to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update right now

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update today to millions of PCs and laptops. We have a detailed guide on ways to get it. Then the official ISO files became available for those wanting to do a fresh install or upgrade. Now, a fourth way has appeared using a very familiar app: Windows 10 Update Assistant.

If that name rings a bell it is because many of you likely used it in the past to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free. The same app has now been repurposed for use with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

So why use it at all and not just Windows Update (via Settings)? Simple, not all PCs "see" the update on Microsoft's servers. Case in point, my favorite Huawei MateBook has been stuck on build 14383 for weeks now on the Insider program and still can't see the official update. I have no idea why that is the case, but I'm taking matters into my own hands with the Windows 10 Update Assistant.

If your PC, tablet, or laptop is not getting the update via Windows Update and you don't feel like using any of the other methods, here is how to get started!

Upgrade using the Update Assistant

  1. Navigate to support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history (opens in new tab) using your favorite web browser

  1. Click the blue Get the Anniversary Update now button

  1. Download and save Windows10Upgrade28084.exe (5.52MB)

  1. Run Windows10Upgrade28084.exe
  2. Choose Update Now

  1. The app will check your device's compatibility

  1. If you pass the CPU, Memory, and Disk Space requirements you can hit Next

  1. The app will now download the update files and prepare for installation

  1. Once completed the app will restart your PC to finish the installation (or you can force it to restart)

That's it! Obviously, this is a very hands-off tool. As long as your computer meets the requirements, you should be up and running in no time.

As a reminder, using this method keeps all of your files, apps, games, photos, etc. on the device.

If you do run into problems with the Anniversary Update make sure to consult our extensive guide "Windows 10 Anniversary Update common problems and how to fix them".

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Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

110 Comments
  • I just used it. Took about 40 min and it works great!!!
  • Nice! My MateBook is about to restart. Finally can have the AU on it (well, the least version at least).
  • Daniel can you please confirm if the media creation tool gives us the anniversary update. Trying to create a bootable USB for my tablet but what I'm seeing I think is from July 2015 ISO. Please confirm.
  • It does, I wrote an article about it earlier.
  • Thanks, will do then.
  • I have one question. My PC ran 10586, upgraded from win 7, but the OS died on it lately. I'm planning to make a bootable USB drive, but I'm not sure, if I make it with the Media creation tool (with the AU), will Windows still be activated after the install? I have a DVD with 10240 on it, but I don't want to update twice if I can avoid it :D
  • Does it now, though? I used the tool a day after your original article and it didnt include the AU update (yet it still went ahead with re-installing the current version)
  • Working great on 30+ installs
  • Simply download the Media Creation Tool, right click and you find it in the file info which version you will get.
  • My upgrade assistant says thank you for upgrading but it didn't download anything. I'm a insider running 1607.14393.10. Is that mean we are already updated?
  • That is the latest insider version, released just before the Anniversary update. This is strange, as I thought Mobile also got this build, but I see that my 950 is still sporting 14393.5  
  • Nope, definitely just for PC.  http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-cumulative-update-released-insi...
  • Ya, you're on the latest version already. If you go to the Download the AU page  linked in the article, then scroll down, you'll see an update for the AU update which is listed as the 14393.10 version you're already sporting
  • Hi Can you please tell me the size of the update? I am on metered connection      
  • I also wanna know the size of the update... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hi Daniel, I have a Hp X2 tablet with 32 gb internal. For the anniversary update it says it needs 20 gb. Is there a solution for this?
  • I upgraded this morning and the anniversary update introduced so many bugs, I'm considering to roll back or do a fresh install. It's really no fun at all. The Start menu is very unreliable, taskbar icons disappear, the settings app crashes, explorer hangs, Edge hangs, tiles can't be right-clicked, my soundcard got de-installed and so on and so on. Anybody else experiencing these bugs?
  • I am an insider my PC is running latedt build from fast ring. I dont have to de anything right? Im already on AU?
  • Correct.
  • Can you give me a link for the wallpaper? :O
  • That page lists the change log for 14393.10 too..: Addressed issues that cause high battery drain when a Windows 10 Mobile device is idle or the screen is off ​Would love that that change!
  • The update shows up in Windows Update, and I have already installed it.