How do I get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

There’s a new version of Windows 10 out – the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – but chances are you haven’t got it. Microsoft likes to roll these things out slowly. Tens of millions of people all downloading a massive update at the same time would knacker the internet, and if the first folk to download the update did discover some almighty problem, Microsoft has a chance to fix it before everyone’s firing expletives at its Twitter account.

However, you’re human, you’re impatient, and you want to get your hands on the goods NOW. Even if there really is very little in this update to get excited about. Even the name’s insipid. Fall Creators? For all those autumnal artists out there?

How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The first thing to do is check you haven’t got it already. The changes are fairly subtle, so there is a chance you’ve downloaded it without noticing. Open the Windows Settings menu, then System > About. Towards the top of that screen you’ll see a version number. 1703 is the Creators Update that was released in the spring (March 17, geddit?) and 1709 is the Fall Creators Update.

If you’re still on 1703, try typing “update” in the Start menu and click on Check for Updates. On the screen that appears, once again click Check For Updates. If it’s your turn to receive the Fall Creators Update then this might kickstart the process.

Still no joy? Then you can download the update manually. Go to the Windows 10 downloads page¬†and click the Update Now button under the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update section at the top. Microsoft’s software wizard will guide you through the rest of the process.

You might want to fetch a large cup of coffee. It’s going to take a while.

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Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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