How to download Windows 10 Creators Update and create your own installation media
Windows 10 Creators Update is available starting today, April 5th, 2017, so anyone using Windows 10 can upgrade. Microsoft will begin rolling out the Creators Update to everyone who has Windows 10, through the Windows Update service after April 11th, 2017. However, if you don’t have the patience to wait until you get it that way, you can download it right now from Microsoft’s servers, using a little app called Media Creation Tool. You can use it to create a Windows 10 Creators Update ISO file, a Windows 10 Creators Update flash drive or directly upgrade your current computer or device to Windows 10 Creators Update. Read on to see exactly the steps you need to take:
What you should know before you go ahead
Before you start creating your own Windows 10 Creators Update flash drive or DVD, you should first check these requirements and recommendations:
- You must have a working internet connection so that you can download the installation files.
- You must have sufficient free storage space on your hard drive for the downloaded installation files. A safe bet would be to have at least 12GB of free space.
- If you're going to create a USB memory stick, note that any data stored on it will get deleted, as the Media Creation Tool will format it.
- If you're going to create media with Windows 10 Creators Update installation files for 32-bit or 64-bit but not both versions, you'll need to use a DVD of at least 4GB or a USB memory stick of at least 3GB.
- If you're going to create media with Windows 10 installation files for both 32-bit and 64-bit, you'll need to have a blank DVD of 8GB or a USB memory stick of at least 6GB.
- If you're installing Windows 10 Creators Update from scratch, you'll need to know your product key. If you need help on doing a clean Windows 10 install, also check this guide: How to install Windows 10 using a retail disc or ISO image.
- If you intend to upgrade your current computer or device, make sure it meets the system requirements. You can check them here: Windows 10 Specifications.
- If you want to know what’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update and why it’s worth installing it, read this article: What is Windows 10 Creators Update and why should you install it?
What is & where to get Media Creation Tool
The Media Creation Tool is a small executable file offered by Microsoft that allows you to download Windows 10 and create your installation media or directly upgrade your current computer or device to Windows 10 Creators Update.
To get Media Creation Tool, launch your favorite web browser and go to this website: Download Windows 10. Scroll until you find the Download tool now button and click or tap on it.
The website will ask you to download an executable file called MediaCreationTool.exe, with a size of 17.5 MB. Save it somewhere on your PC and then follow the steps from the next section of this guide.
How to use the Media Creation Tool to create your own Windows 10 Creators Update installation media
After you have downloaded Media Creation Tool on your computer or device, run the MediaCreationTool.exe file. Note that you need to be logged in as an administrator to run this tool. When User Account Control (UAC) asks if you are sure that you want to run this tool, click or tap Yes to go ahead. Then, Media Creation Tool loads its user interface and asks you to Accept its license terms.
Click or tap on the Accept button to continue.
Media Creation Tool will need a few seconds to “get a few things ready.”
The first question it will ask is whether you want to upgrade your current PC, or if you want to create installation media that you can use to install Windows 10 Creators Update on any other computer or device.
Because the scope of this guide is to show you how to create your installation media, we'll check the second option, called “Create installation media for another PC.”
Next, you can choose the language, edition, and architecture you want to be used for creating it. Select the settings you want and then click or tap on Next.
Then, you can choose what kind of media storage you want to use. You can go for a USB flash drive, or you can create an ISO file which you can then burn onto a DVD.
If you chose to create a USB memory stick, on the next step, you see all the flash drives connected to your Windows computer or device. Select the one you want to use for creating your Windows 10 Creators Update installation media. Don't forget that any data on it will be wiped, as the tool will format your drive.
If you chose to create an ISO file, the tool asks you to select the location where you want to save it and the name you want to give it. Browse your computer or device, choose the location you want, choose a name and then click or tap on the Save button to begin creating the ISO.
Regardless of the type of media that you chose, once you have selected the USB flash drive or the ISO name and location, Media Creation Tool will start to download all the Windows 10 Creators Update installation files on your computer or device. Depending on your internet connection speed and the load on Microsoft's servers, this might take a while. All you need right now is patience.
Once the download is over, it is verified for integrity, to make sure that everything is all right. Then the medium you selected is created. This process may take another couple of minutes, so be patient.
If you instructed Media Creation Tool to use a USB flash drive, you are informed that it’s now ready. Click or tap Finish, and you can use that drive to boot from and install Windows 10 Creators Update.
If you told Media Creation Tool to create an ISO file, when it’s done, you are shown where it was saved. Click or tap Finish and then you can burn the ISO file to a DVD or mount it in a virtual machine.
To install Windows 10 without problems, don't hesitate to read our complete step-by-step installation guide: How to install Windows 10 using a retail disc or ISO image.
As you can see, using the Media Creation Tool is intuitive and is easy to use even if you are not a technical expert. If you follow our instructions, you will have no trouble in creating an ISO setup file of your own or create a bootable USB memory stick with the Windows 10 setup. If you have any questions about this tutorial, don't hesitate to ask using the comments form below.