How to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update right now

Can't wait until the final release? You can get it now

By Matt Hanson | Mar 20, 2017, 05.51 PM IST
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It looks like the Windows 10 Creators Update will be releasing on April 11, but if you can’t wait that long there are ways of getting the latest major update for Windows 10 right now. 

With the official release being so close, the version of the Windows 10 Creators Update that you can download now should be pretty similar to the final version, so you shouldn’t encounter many bugs or nasty surprises. 

It also seems that Microsoft will be performing a roll-out release for the Windows 10 Creators Update, which means you may have to wait until the update is available for your device – so read on to take matters into your own hands, as we show you how to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update right now.

How to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update using the Windows Insider Program

The easiest way to get the Windows 10 Creators Update early is by signing up to the Windows Insider program. This allows you to test out the latest Windows updates before they're officially released. 

It does mean you’re testing early versions of the updates, so there may be bugs or features that wouldn’t normally be found in the final official release. So if you rely heavily on your Windows 10 device and can’t risk experiencing problems with it, no matter how rare, then it may be best to wait.

If you're happy to go ahead, the go to the Windows Insider website and click ‘Get started’. Sign in with your Microsoft account (if you don’t have one, check out our How to create a Microsoft account guide) and follow the instructions to become a Windows Insider.

Once you're signed up, open the Start menu and click on the cog icon to load up Settings. Click on ‘Update & Security’, and at the bottom of the window that opens you should see ‘Windows Insider Programme’. Click ‘Get Started’ and a warning message will appear, reminding you that you’re installing an early version of Windows 10.

If you’re concerned about this, press ‘Cancel’ then head to our How to back up your PC before upgrading to Windows 10 guide for a tutorial on backing up your PC before you continue.

Once you’re comfortable with upgrading to the Windows 10 Creators Update, click on ‘Next’, then press ‘Confirm’. Your PC will then prompt you to reboot. Save your work, reboot, then open up the Settings window again, click ‘Update & Security’ then ‘Windows Insider Programme’.

This time you’ll be asked to choose your Insider level. Select ‘Fast’ to get the very latest build of Windows 10, including the Creators Update.

Within the following 24 hours you'll be alerted that there’s a new update to download and install. Do this, and your PC will then have the Windows 10 Creators Update installed.

How to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update using a fresh install

If you want to install the Windows 10 Creators Update as a fresh install on your machine you’ll need to download the ISO file with the Creators Update included. 

Make sure you’re a Windows Insider, then go to the Windows Insider Preview Downloads website. Scroll down, and where it says ‘Select edition’ choose the most recent version, then press ‘Confirm’. This will download the ISO file – but be warned, it will be pretty big.

Once it's downloaded you’ll need to burn the ISO file to a blank DVD, or use a program to turn a USB drive into a bootable copy of Windows 10 using the ISO file. Our How to install Windows 10  guide will show you how. 

You’ll now have Windows 10 Creators Update installed and ready to go on your PC!

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