How to download and install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Edition has arrived.

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The first major update to Windows 10 -- the Windows 10 Anniversary Update -- starts rolling out to all users today. This update brings several changes to the operating system, including visual modifications, improvements to the Edge browser and new features such as Windows Ink.

See also:15 things to look forward to in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

You don't need to do anything to get the update. Windows 10 automatically scans for, downloads and installs new updates on your device (though the Anniversary Update will require a restart). But if you wait for Windows Update to automatically update your device, you may not get the update right away -- the Anniversary Update is being rolled out slowly, which means it won't immediately be available to all users.

If you're impatient, you can try manually prompting Windows Update to download the Anniversary Update. Note that this may not get you your update any quicker, especially if Microsoft's servers are bogged down with people updating.

  • Open the Settings menu and go to Update & security > Windows Update.
  • Click Check for updates to prompt your PC to scan for the latest updates. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  • Click Restart Now to restart your PC and complete the installation process.

This is the only way to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update at the moment. There are two other updating methods that have been mentioned online, but, as of right now, neither of them will help you get the Anniversary Update any faster (or at all).

  • Enroll in the Windows Insider Program: Windows Insiders have had access to the features and changes present in the Anniversary Update for some time now, and anyone can enroll their device in the Windows Insider Program . But the Windows Insider Program takes several days (maybe weeks) to activate, which means you will not receive the latest Windows Insider build immediately upon signing up for the program.
  • Manually install the update using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool: The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool allows you to create your own Windows 10 installation media (USB, DVD or ISO) to perform a clean installation of the operating system. The Media Creation Tool has not been updated to include the Anniversary Update, so if you attempt to update your system using media created with this tool, you will simply end up re-installing Windows 10. We have no information on when Microsoft will update the Media Creation Tool to include the Anniversary Update.

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