Microsoft promised to make Windows 10 Creators Update available to general users before the official rollout on April 11, and they’ve made good on their promise. Using the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, you can now upgrade to Windows 10’s latest version – 1703 – even if you’re not on the Insider Program.
First, you need the Windows 10 Update Assistant. You can learn more about that here, but if you’re already on the Anniversary Update it should be there. You can proceed to the next step.
To upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update, go to this page and follow the instructions. You can also create installation media if you have a USB drive or a DVD, but make sure it’s blank because all the data on it will be deleted.
If you’re a Mac user already using Boot Camp, there’s no need to do a new install. Instead, you can simply download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update ISO as described in the above paragraph.
The official OTA (over-the-air) update for Windows 10 Creators Update is dropping to all users of Windows 10 devices next week, so if you don’t want to go through the hassle of a manual download, you can just wait until April 11 for the update to be available to your system.
NOTE: Microsoft has specifically said that newer devices will get the updates first, and the update for Windows Phone will only be available starting April 25. If you can’t wait, there’s always the disc image (ISO file) for the manual install.
Windows 10 Creators Update brings a lot to the table, and can be considered a fairly major upgrade. In addition to what Microsoft announced at last year’s Surface Studio launch event, such as 3D and VR support, Creators Update has major upgrades to the Edge browser, brings livestreaming for gamers via Beam, introduces an Xbox-based Game Mode for optimal resource utilization and lots more goodies.
In case you haven’t yet moved to Windows 10, you can still use the method described above to install Windows 10 Creators Update, but you will need a product key to activate it. Not activating the product may not allow you to proceed with the download and installation.
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