How (Not) to Upgrade to the Latest Windows 10 Version
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Microsoft has officially released Windows 10 build 1709.

As with previous Windows 10 versions, it could take many months until the Fall Creators Update rolls out to your machine. If you’d like to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 right now, follow this guide. Likewise, if you’d rather not upgrade, we’ll show you how to do that, too.

Which Version of Windows Do You Have?

First, find out which version of Windows you’re running right now.

If you’re running Windows 10, go to Start > Settings > System > About and check what it says under Windows Specifications.

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For a quick check that works on any version of Windows, press Windows + Q, type winver, and hit Enter.

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If you’re still on Windows 7 or 8, don’t despair; you can still upgrade to Windows 10 through a loophole You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free! You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free! It turns out you can still bag a free upgrade to Windows 10 -- and it doesn't involve the morally-questionable actions of other free upgrade methods. Read More .

How Not to Upgrade

Not upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10 Why You Should NOT Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Yet Why You Should NOT Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Yet Just because it's here, doesn't mean you have to jump on it. The Windows 10 Creators Update could harbor trouble. We explain why you should delay this Windows update and how to do it. Read More is a sensible choice. You’ll maximize your time on a stable installation and avoid bugs. Whether you can temporarily delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update depends on your Windows edition.

Windows 10 Home

As a Home user, you can temporarily disable Windows Update 5 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 5 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 Windows Update keeps your system patched and safe. In Windows 10 you're at the mercy of Microsoft's schedule, unless you know hidden settings and tweaks. We'll help you keep Windows Update under control. Read More by setting your internet connection to metered.

Go to Start > Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi, select the network you’re connected to, and switch the slider under Set as metered connection to On. As soon as you connect to an unmetered Wi-Fi network or a LAN network, Windows Update will start downloading updates again.

Unfortunately, this is just a temporary workaround. Though it could take many weeks, you should prepare for the impending upgrade that Windows Update will eventually drop on you.

Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Business

If you’re on one of these Windows 10 editions, you have the luxury of temporarily deferring feature updates.

Head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options. Under Choose when updates are installed, you can pick Current Branch or Current Branch for Business and defer updates for up to 365 days.

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You can also pause updates completely for up to 7 days.

Prepare the Windows 10 Upgrade

To upgrade to the Fall Creators Update, you should be on version 1703, also known as the Creators Update. If that’s your Windows version, you’re good to go. Before you upgrade, however, check off these pre-installation To-Dos:

  1. Create a Windows recovery drive.
  2. Back up your product keys.
  3. Enable System Restore.
  4. Back up your important data.

With Windows, you never know what could go wrong. So be prepared and do your Windows housekeeping. You can read more in our article on what to do before you upgrade to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 5 Things You Must Do Before Installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 5 Things You Must Do Before Installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Windows 10 gets major updates twice a year, plus monthly updates. We show you what you should do before running Windows Update. Now Patch Tuesday can come! Read More .

Always Run the Latest Builds: Become a Windows Insider

As Windows Insider Be the First to Test New Windows 10 Builds as Windows Insider Be the First to Test New Windows 10 Builds as Windows Insider Windows Insiders are the first to test new Windows 10 builds. They are also the first to suffer from bugs. Here we show you how to join or leave the program and how to share... Read More , you’ll always run the latest Windows 10 builds. It’s the fast lane to new features, but you also risk facing countless bugs and problems with the operating system. Are you up for the challenge?

How to Join the Windows Insider Program

To become a Windows Insider, you have to go through the following steps:

  1. Sign up for the Windows Insider Program. You’ll need a Microsoft account.
  2. Make sure you sign into Windows using your Microsoft account The Pros and Cons of Using a Microsoft Account with Windows The Pros and Cons of Using a Microsoft Account with Windows A single Microsoft Account allows you to log into a wide range of Microsoft services and apps. We show you the pros and cons of using a Microsoft Account with Windows. Read More : Go to Start > Settings >Accounts > Your info to change how you sign in.
  3. Enroll your Windows 10 computer: Go to Start > Settings > Update & Seurity > Windows Insider Program > Get started to opt in.

You’ll have to link your Microsoft account and choose a Windows Update branch Windows 10 Update and Servicing Branches Explained Windows 10 Update and Servicing Branches Explained Every Windows 10 build passes through several stages of testing and updates. We show you your position in this chain. The complexity may surprise you. Read More . We recommend the slow ring.

Twice a year, when the Windows Insider build aligns with the latest build that Microsoft is rolling out to the public (the RTM build), you’ll be able to exit the Insider program without having to reinstall. When that’s the case, head to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click Stop Insider Preview builds.

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Upgrade to the Latest Stable Release of Windows 10

Being a Windows Insider means you’ll often run buggy versions of Windows 10. The safe choice is to wait for a stable release of Windows 10 and use one of the following upgrade routes.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1709 via Windows Update

When your computer is ready to upgrade, you’ll receive the Fall Creators Update through Windows Update. It’s worth being patient. If Microsoft doesn’t have reliable data for your hardware or if Insiders with your specs experienced lots of issues, the update may not roll out to your system for some time.

To check whether you’re ready to upgrade, head to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for updates. Once the upgrade has downloaded, you’ll see it listed here.

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Before you can upgrade to a new build, however, you’ll have to install any pending security updates. Make sure you didn’t pause or defer feature updates under Advanced options.

Manually Install Windows 10 Using the Media Creation Tool

If Windows Update doesn’t think it’s your turn yet, you can force the upgrade using Microsoft’s Windows 10 Media Creation Tool (open this link in Microsoft Edge).

You can click the Update now link to launch the Update Assistant and initiate the upgrade directly from the website.

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Or click Download tool now to prepare Windows 10 installation media How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media Regardless of how you arrived at Windows 10, there's a way to create your own installation media. Sooner or later you might need it. Let us show you how to be prepared. Read More for a clean install.

Please refer to the article linked in to the previous paragraph for a step-by-step guide to using the Windows 10 Media Creation tool.

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Should You Upgrade?

Honestly? No! You should always wait until the upgrade is available through Windows Update. And even then, it’s safer to defer the upgrade and wait a little longer until Microsoft has fixed common bugs The Complete Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Troubleshooting Guide The Complete Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Troubleshooting Guide Have you run into a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update bug? You found the right place to look for fixes. Here are the solutions for the most common problems. Read More . Although you can roll back to your previous Windows version 3 Ways to Downgrade Windows 10 & Rollback to Windows 7 or 8.1 Indefinitely 3 Ways to Downgrade Windows 10 & Rollback to Windows 7 or 8.1 Indefinitely You've either upgraded to Windows 10 to secure a free copy or were upgraded forcefully. We share three tricks that will help you downgrade now or later and save you if your upgrade failed. Read More for 10 days (previously 30 days), it’s not worth the hassle.

The only time you should upgrade is when support for your current Windows 10 version ends This Happens When Windows 10 Support Ends This Happens When Windows 10 Support Ends The original version of Windows 10 is not supported by Microsoft anymore. Here's everything you need to know about the Windows lifecycle, including how you can upgrade and stay secure. Read More . But this won’t happen for many years.

Meanwhile, appreciate a stable Windows 10 installation and know that you’ll get access to new Windows features These Windows 10 Features Are Constantly Changing These Windows 10 Features Are Constantly Changing Windows 10 will never stop changing. Microsoft is constantly experimenting. Here are some Windows features that continue to improve with every Windows update. Read More soon enough.

Welcome to the Future of Windows

Once you’ve successfully upgraded Do This After Installing the Windows 10 Creators Update Do This After Installing the Windows 10 Creators Update The Windows 10 Creators Update will soon roll out to a computer near you. Once you've upgraded, go through these settings to configure new options and restore your privacy preferences. Read More to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, double-check all your privacy-related settings 7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately 7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately Microsoft made some questionable decisions with Windows 10. Some of its default settings should not be left alone. We show you how to improve privacy, conserve bandwidth, reduce distraction, and lots more. Read More and restore your preferences. You might also want to set up or disable new features.

Did you upgrade immediately or are you still waiting for a good time? If you did upgrade, did you run into any issues? Which features made you want to upgrade?

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  1. mike
    November 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Get Linux or a Mac, better choices all around.

  2. David Carlson
    November 3, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I give up... I'm in the process of switching over from Windows to Google Chrome. So far it has been wonderful...!!! No Updates, No convoluted procedures and so much more.
    Just bought a 14" Chromebook -- love it!!

  3. Vsem Yenovkian
    October 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    This is some good info. I never like to be one of the first ones to do any software upgrades...let the others deal with the early bugs and then I can install the version that's relatively bug-free.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      That's a wise choice, Vsem! Thank you for your feedback!