How to Download and Upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
As Microsoft promised earlier, the company has released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to public. Its a new version or feature update of Windows 10 operating system which comes with many new features, changes, improvements and bug fixes.
For your information, the build number of Fall Creators Update is build 16299 and the version number is 1709. So its the same RS3 (RedStone 3) build which was released to Windows Insiders group on September 26, 2017. If you are a Windows Insider and you have installed build 16299 recently, you are already using Fall Creators Update build.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can be downloaded, installed and upgraded in 2 ways:
- OPTION 1: Automatic upgrade via Windows Update
- OPTION 2: Manual upgrade or clean installation via official Microsoft tools
Let's talk about both options in details!
OPTION 1: Automatic Upgrade via Windows Update
Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to all existing Windows 10 PCs via Windows Update. But the roll out is being done in phases, starting with newer machines first. The first phase will download the update on newer devices which were tested by Microsoft with their OEM hardware partners. After that Microsoft will start expanding the update release to remaining devices. According to Microsoft the complete process of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update roll out may take several months.
So if the Fall Creators Update is not showing on your Windows 10 PC yet, wait for some time and it'll be automatically offered to you on your PC via Windows Update. You can also manually check for the new update using Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update page. If it finds the new update, it'll automatically start downloading and installing the update for you. The update will be labeled as "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709".
You can check out following article to learn how Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is delivered via Windows Update:
[Review] Download and Installation of Windows 10 Feature Update via Windows Update
RELATED: If you don't want the automatic upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on your Windows 10 PC and want to block/prevent the Fall Creators Update, you can take help of various methods given in following exclusive article:
How to Prevent or Skip Feature Update Installation in Windows 10
OPTION 2: Manual Upgrade or Clean Installation via Official Microsoft Tools
If you don't want to wait for the automatic Windows 10 Fall Creators Update download via Windows Update program, you can manually download and install the update using 2 official Microsoft tools:
- Windows 10 Update Assistant
- Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
If you are already using an older version of Windows 10 operating system in your computer such as Creators Update and don't want to lose your personal files and installed apps, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update using Windows 10 Update Assistant also known as Upgrade Assistant. It'll assist you in downloading and upgrading to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update easily.
If you are using Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can upgrade using Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. It'll help you in upgrading your previous Windows version to the latest Windows 10 version.
And if you don't want to upgrade your machine but want to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can download the offline ISO file of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update using the same Media Creation Tool and then either create a bootable USB drive or burn the file to a DVD. Then you can install a fresh copy of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in your PC.
To download Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Upgrade Assistant or Media Creation Tool, you'll need to go to following official Microsoft web page:
You'll find 2 buttons on the above mentioned page: Update Now and Download Tool Now. If you are confused between these buttons, following information will help you in choosing the right one:
Click on "Update Now" button, If:
If you are using an older version of Windows 10 operating system in your device and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, click on "Update Now" button on the above mentioned link. It'll download Windows 10 Update Assistant Tool on your device which will help you in upgrading your device to the latest version of Windows 10. It'll first check your device for compatibility and then it'll start downloading required setup files of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Once the download is finished, it'll start upgrading your device to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Related: If you want to know where are Windows 10 setup files stored by Update Assistant, check out following article:
Where does Update Assistant Download and Store Windows 10 Setup Files?
Click on "Download Tool Now" button, If:
If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 in your computer and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or if you are using Windows 10 older version and want to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in your computer, then you'll need to click on "Download Tool Now" button on the official link given above. It'll download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool which will help you in upgrading to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as well as downloading offline ISO file of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for clean installation. You can also create bootable USB flash drive of Windows 10 Creators Update using this tool.
To learn more about how to use Media Creation Tool, visit following article:
Download Latest Windows 10 ISO Files for Clean Install or Upgrade
You can also use following alternative method to download Windows 10 offline ISO files directly on your device which can also be used to upgrade to or clean install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:
[Tip] Get Direct Download Links of Windows 10 Offline ISO from Microsoft
NOTE: If you receive "Something Happened" error message while running Media Creation Tool, the troubleshooting tips given in following tutorial will help you in fixing the issue:
[Fix] "Something Happened" Error Message in Windows 10 Upgrade