How to Download Windows 10 (Even If You Haven’t Received Install Files Yet)
Haven’t received the Windows 10 installation notification yet? Don’t panic, you can still download the latest Windows OS update files.
The wait is over. Microsoft’s highly-anticipated Windows 10 is finally here and is available as a free update for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
But it won’t be available to everyone immediately as Microsoft has a roll-out strategy to seed out the updates in multiple waves. That means even your computer is Windows 10 ready, you won’t necessarily be able to download and install the latest Windows OS right away.
Initially, the update is only be available to those who have taken part in the Windows Insider Program. However, it seems like even if you’re not an insider, you can still force Windows 7 or Windows 8 to start downloading the Windows 10 update files (thanks to Reddit’s Windows 10 subreddit).
Follow the below instructions to receive your copy of Windows 10 instantly.
- Make sure your computer meets the minimum System Requirements to handle Windows 10.
- Though you won’t lose your programs or apps, it’s always recommended to keep a backup when you are going with a system update.
Download and Install Windows 10
Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all the files there.
Open Windows Update by navigating to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update.
Open up the Command Prompt by hitting the Windows key and typing in cmd. Right click and choose “Run as administrator.”
Type wuauclt.exe /updatenow but don’t hit enter yet.
Go back to Windows Update window, and click Check for updates on the left hand side.
While Windows is checking for updates, switch back to the command prompt and enter the command you already typed in.
Windows 10 should start downloading now. Once the download is complete, you’ll be notified for installation. You can decide to install it right away or schedule at some other time.
Installation process will take from 30 minutes to around an hour, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.
You might have to check for updates or restart your PC, but the method worked for us without doing any such thing. Let us know if this works for you in the comments section below!
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