Microsoft Windows 10

How to force download and install Windows 10 immediately

Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft have launched Windows 10 around the globe, but for many hoping to install the update today there is an uncertain wait while Microsoft releases it to its millions of users in waves – but there is a way to force the download to start right now.

One option would be to create an ISO install disk for Windows 10 and use that, but if you’d prefer to use Windows Update then follow these steps.

1. Clear your Windows Update downloaded files folder

Navigate to “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download” (you may need to replace C: with a different drive letter if you installed Windows elsewhere) and delete all the files and folders in there. This will give Windows Update a clean slate and prevent any partial or corrupted downloads from slowing things down.


2. Open Windows Update

Open Windows Update by hitting the Windows key or using the Search charm, typing “Windows Update” and clicking on it.


3. Open command prompt as administrator

Open up the command prompt by hitting the Windows key or using the Search charm and typing in cmd. Right click on the item and choose “Run as administrator”.


4. Type “wuauclt.exe /updatenow” into the command prompt (but don’t press enter yet)

Type (but do not press enter yet) “wuauclt.exe /updatenow” into the command prompt – this will force Windows Update to check for updates.


5. In Windows Update click “Check for updates”

In the Windows Update window, click “Check for updates” on the left hand side – the screen should then say “Checking for updates…”

6. Hit enter in command prompt

Go back to the command prompt and hit enter to force Windows to check for updates

7. Wait while Windows 10 downloads and prepares to install

Sit back and grab a cup of coffee while Windows 10 downloads – Windows 10 is 3 or 4GB in size, so depending on your connection this may take a few hours. Once it has been downloaded you will be presented with an install screen to start the update process.

Thanks to Reddit’s Windows 10 community for working this out.

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