Microsoft will begin distributing the Creators Update for Windows 10 on April 11th, 2017, through Windows Update. However, if you don’t have the patience to wait until the company sends you the update, you can use the Windows 10 Update Assistant, also known as the Windows 10 Upgrader, to get the Creators Update right now, starting April 5th, 2017. Here’s how to stop waiting and get the Creators Update on all your Windows 10 PCs and devices, whenever you want:
How to get the Creators Update with the Windows 10 Update Assistant
The first thing you’ll have to do to get the Creators Update is to open your favorite web browser and visit this website: Download Windows 10. On it, you’ll see a section called Update now and a large blue button bearing the same name. Click or tap on it.
Pushing the Update now button will trigger the download of a small 6.27 MB executable file called Windows10Upgrade9252.exe. Save it somewhere on your Windows 10 PC. Any location will do.
Now go to where you saved the executable file and open it.
If UAC (User Account Control) is enabled on your Windows 10 PC or device, you might have to confirm that you want to run Windows 10 Upgrader.
The Windows 10 Update Assistant loads and tells you whether you are running the latest version of Windows 10. As you want to install the Creators Update, it’s likely that you don’t have the latest version, so you should see something similar to the image below, where we’re told that “[...] This PC is running version 14393. The latest version is 15063 [...].”
The build 15063 (version 1703) is the Windows 10 Creators Update. Click or tap on the Update now button from the bottom right corner of the window.
If your computer meets all the requirements for installing the Creators Update for Windows 10, the Windows 10 Update Assistant will automatically trigger the download and install processes, in a couple of seconds. If you are in a hurry, you can also start manually by clicking or tapping on the Next button.
Your Windows 10 PC or device will start downloading all the files required to install the Creators Update. As this is a big update, there is a lot of data that needs to get to your computer, so it will take a while until it’s downloaded all. If you use a laptop or a tablet, make sure that its power cord is plugged in. Then grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and relax.
Note that, if you change your mind and no longer want to download the Creators Update, you can Cancel at anytime.
If you do that, the Windows 10 Update Assistant will create a shortcut on your desktop, which you can use to continue the process at a later time.
After the Creators Update files are downloaded on your PC or device, the Windows 10 Update Assistant will begin installing the upgrade.
After a while, you will be notified that “Your PC needs to restart to complete the update.” You can either wait for the 30 minutes forl the automatic rebooting to pass, or you can Restart now. Note that this part of the update process could take up to 90 minutes to finish.
When it’s time to reboot, or right after you’ve pressed the Restart now button, you’ll get this message: “You’re about to be signed out.”
Finally, once your Windows 10 PC reboots, the installation of the Creators Update continues. All there’s left for you to do now is wait for it to end.
Once the installation is done, Windows 10 Creators Update will greet you with a welcome message like the one below. Click or tap Next to go ahead.
Then, you can “choose [the] privacy settings for your device.” Check what information Windows 10 Creators Update asks you to let it use and make the adjustments you want. Once done, click/tap on Accept to continue the setup process.
Windows 10 Creators Update will also ask you whether you want to use Cortana or not. Choose your option by clicking or tapping on either Not now or Use Cortana buttons.
The Creators Update also bundles a few Windows 10 apps that Microsoft wants you to use for viewing photos, listening to music, watching videos and browsing the web. If you want to use Photos, Groove Music, Movies & TV and Microsoft Edge as default apps, click or tap Next. IF you don’t, click or tap “Let me choose my default apps” and select the ones you like.
Then comes the final waiting: a minute or two will be required for Windows 10 Creators Update to install the latest updates and make the final configurations on your PC.
Once the Creators Update is installed, Windows 10 should show that its version is now 1703, just like in the screenshot below. To verify, go to “Settings -> System -> About” and look for the Version field on the right.
That’s it! You are now using Windows 10 Creators Update.
The Creators Update brings lots of new features and enhancements to Windows 10, so most Windows 10 users will probably want to get it onto their devices as soon as possible. If you didn’t already get it through Windows Update, now you know how to install it with the help of the Windows 10 Update Assistant. And, as you’ve seen from our guide, although it does take a while to download and install everything, the whole process is not that difficult.