The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has finally released. Microsoft is now slowly rolling out the second major update of its operating system to over 350 million devices.
This means that a big number of users around the world will be really busy trying to update their computers. The problem is that not everyone gets the update the same day, because Microsoft is pushing the new update gradually. Usually, it’ll starts with a select group of devices, such as Surface, then devices that originally shipped with Windows 10, and then everyone else.
If your device isn’t getting the new update and you can’t wait, there is a number of ways to force the download of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on your PC.
- How to get the Anniversary Update using Windows Update
- How to get the Anniversary Update using Media Creation Tool
- How to get the Anniversary Update using an ISO file
- How to get the Anniversary Update using Windows 10 Update Assistant
How to get the Anniversary Update using Windows Update
The best way for anyone to manually trigger the download of the Anniversary Update is using Windows Update.
Click on Update & security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the Check for updates button.
Once you click the update button, you should see the “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607” downloading. This is the Anniversary Update or Windows 10 build 14393.
After the download completes, click the Restart now button to begin the installation.
How to get the Anniversary Update using Media Creation Tool
If Windows Update is stuck downloading the files or you get an error message, you can use the Media Creation Tool to update your device.
The Media Creation Tool allows you to quickly and easily upgrade your device without losing your files, settings, or applications.
Download the Windows 10 Media Creator Tool to start the process from the Microsoft Support website.
Select Update this PC now.
After the downloads completes, click Accept to continue.
Select Keep personal files and apps.
Click Install to complete the task.
How to get the Anniversary Update using an ISO file
In addition, you can force the download of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update by doing an upgrade by downloading the ISO files directly from Microsoft.
Downloading the Windows 10 Anniversary Update ISO files directly from Microsoft save you time, and it’s also a convenient way to install the operating system on a virtual machine, or to create multiple bootable media that you can prepare for friends or coworkers.
If you prefer going this route, you can use this previous guide that helps you to download the ISO files containing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
It’s worth pointing out that you can also use the Media Creation Tool to create an ISO file of the new OS.
How to get the Anniversary Update using Windows 10 Update Assistant
Alternatively, you can now also use the new Windows 10 Update Assistant to force the download and install the update on your PC.
Visit the Download Windows 10 page and click the Update Now button.
Double-click the file to launch the Windows 10 Update Assistant.
Click Update Now.
The assistant will check for hardware and software compatibility. If your computer meets the requirements, click Next.
Once download completes, the setup wizard will commence the installation, and then click Restart now.
Then the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will complete installing on your computer. One of the biggest difference between the Windows 10 Update Assistant and the Media Creation Tool is that the new tool can only update your computer. The assistant isn’t meant to do a clean installation of the operating system.
For more information, you can check the Anniversary Update coverage here. In addition, you can also check these interesting articles:
- How to fix Windows 10 Anniversary Update download and installation problems
- 25 Best hidden features inside the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
- How to uninstall the Anniversary Update from your Windows 10 device
- How to prevent Windows 10 from installing the Anniversary Update
- Windows 10 Help
How are you updating to the Anniversary Update on your PC? Tell us in the comments below.