Windows 10 Fall Creators Update upgrade process

How to upgrade to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

VIDEO: If your PC isn't getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update atomically on Oct. 17, you can use these instructions to upgrade manually.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) starts rolling out on October 17, but if you can’t wait until the new version is offered to you automatically through Windows Update, it’s possible to upgrade manually as soon as it becomes available, and this walkthrough video guides you every step of the way.

Although Microsoft insists on installing the new version using Windows Update, there are numerous ways to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, including with the Media Creation Tool that allows you do an in-place upgrade.

Using the Media Creation Tool to upgrade to version 1709 is very similar to using Windows Update or even the Update Assistant tool. During the process, a new version of Windows 10 will install, and files, apps, and settings will be preserved.

When to upgrade manually

Usually, you want to go through the upgrade manually if it’s been some time since the update has officially launched and your device is not getting it automatically. This could happen if your PC is having problems and the update gets stuck downloading, the install fails and rolls back to the previous version, or there is a connection problem.

Whether you’re having problems getting the update, or you just want to get the new version as soon as possible, this hands-on video walks you through all the steps to successfully install the Windows 10 version 1709. You can also check these tips to avoid common issues during the installation process of Windows 10.

If you still prefer doing a clean install of Windows 10 with the Fall Creators Update, you can use these instructions.

You can also check out the following resources to learn more about version 1709:

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].