Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now in the Release Preview ring

Microsoft is now making available the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (build 16299.15) for PC enrolled in the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program ahead of the October 17 launch.

If you’re unfamiliar, the Windows Insider Program allows developers and enthusiasts to get early access to upcoming features and enhancements using the Fast and Slow ring levels. In addition, there is third enrollment level, called the Release Preview ring, which unlike the first two rings, it’s meant for users to test system, apps, and driver updates. However, Microsoft also makes feature updates available through the Release Preview, because each major update must pass through every ring.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update officially releases on October 17, but if you can’t wait, you can enroll your device in the Release Preview to download build 16299.15, which is the final version.

How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update using the Release Preview ring

In order to download the Windows 10 build 16299.15, which is the final version containing all the bits for the Fall Creators Update, use the following steps:

Warning: Upgrading to a new version of Windows 10 can be tricky. It’s recommended to create a full backup of your computer before proceeding.
  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Windows Insider program.

  4. Click the Get started button.

    Windows Insider setup

  5. Click the Link an account option.

  6. Select the Microsoft account linked to your device.

  7. Click the Continue button.

  8. On “What kind of content would you like to receive?” select the Just fixes, apps, and drivers option.

    Just fixes, apps, and drivers option

  9. Click the Confirm button.

  10. Click the Confirm button again.

  11. Click the Restart Now button.

    Release Preview ring enrollment

Once you’ve completed the steps, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and click the Check for update button to download Windows 10 build 16299.15 on your device. 

If the update doesn’t work on your computer, you can follow these instructions to uninstall the new version of Windows 10.

Here’s my hands-on review with the official release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:

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