Windows 10 20H2 upgrade with Media Creation Tool
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How to upgrade to Windows 10 20H2, October 2020 Update

VIDEO: Use these steps to upgrade to Windows 10 version 20H2, whether you're running version 2004, 1909, 1903 or an older version.

Windows 10 20H2 (October 2020 Update) will be available in October 2020, and even though the best method to upgrade is to wait until you get the notification to download it through Windows Update, you can upgrade manually when it becomes available, and in this video tutorial, you’ll learn the steps on how to do this.

To upgrade to version 20H2 skipping the queue, you can use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade, which is virtually the same as using Windows Update or Update Assistant, and during the process your files, apps, and settings will not be affected.

Important: These instructions will work whether you’re trying to upgrade from version 2004 to 20H2, or from any other old versions, including version 1909, back to the original release (such as 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607, 1511, or 1507). Also, these instructions are meant to help you upgrade once the new version is officially available, not before.

Upgrade to Windows 10 20H2 from version 2004

To upgrade version 2004 to Windows 10 version 20H2 (October 2020 Update), use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Under the “Optional updates available” section, click the Download and Install now button.

    Quick tip: If you see the option, click the Check for updates button. In the case that you still don’t see the option, it’s likely that the update isn’t ready for your device.
  5. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, the update will install as a regular monthly update on your device without the need of full reinstallation.

Upgrade to Windows 10 20H2 from version 1909

If you can’t wait to get the October 2020 Update automatically, you can use the Media Creation Tool to upgrade any version of Windows 10 to version 20H2.

Alongside the video tutorial, these are the written steps to perform the upgrade:

Quick tip: If you’re running version 2004, it’s recommended to use Windows Update. Otherwise, the Media Creation Tool will perform a full reinstallation of the operating system.
  1. Open Microsoft support website.

  2. Under the “Create Windows 10 installation media” section, click the Download tool now button.

  3. Save the installer to the device.

  4. Double-click the MediaCreationTool20H2.exe file to launch the tool.

  5. Select the Upgrade this PC now option.

  6. Click the Accept button to agree to the licensing terms.

  7. Click the Accept button again.

  8. Select the option to keep your files and apps (if it’s not already selected).

  9. Click the Install button.

If you’re looking to upgrade as quickly as possible, or the device is having problems getting the update automatically, this hands-on video outlines the steps to upgrade your computer to the October 2020 Update. You can also check these tips to avoid common problems during the installation process of Windows 10.

Installing the latest version of Windows 10 should be an easy process, but if you’re experiencing any problems you can submit your questions in the Pureinfotech forums to get help.