How to get the April 2018 Update today with the Windows 10 Update Assistant

Microsoft begins distributing the April 2018 Update for Windows 10 on May 8th, 2018, through Windows Update. Not all systems will receive it at once, and the update will be rolled out gradually, with newer computers and devices being prioritized over older ones. If you do not have the patience to wait until Microsoft sends you the update, you can use the Windows 10 Update Assistant, also known as the Windows 10 Upgrader, to get the April 2018 Update right now. Microsoft has made it available as a download starting April 30, 2018. Here is how to get the April 2018 Update on all your Windows 10 PCs and devices, whenever you want:

How to get the April 2018 Update with the Windows 10 Update Assistant

The first thing you have to do to get the April 2018 Update is to open your favorite web browser and visit this website: Download Windows 10. On it, there is a section called "Windows 10 April 2018 Update now available" and a large blue Update now button. Click or tap on it.

When you push the "Update now" button, you trigger the download of a small 6 MB executable file called Windows10Upgrade9252.exe. Save it somewhere on your Windows 10 computer or device. Any location is OK.

Now go to where you saved the executable file and double-click or tap on it.

If UAC (User Account Control) is enabled, you might have to confirm that you want to run Windows 10 Upgrader.

The Windows 10 Update Assistant loads and says whether you are running the latest version of Windows 10. As you want to install the April 2018 Update, you probably do not have the latest version, so you should see something similar to the image below, where it says that "[...] This PC is running version 1709. The latest version is 1803 [...]."

The version 1803 is the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Click or tap on the "Update now" button from the bottom right corner of the window.

If your PC meets all the requirements for installing the April 2018 Update for Windows 10, the Windows 10 Update Assistant automatically starts 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 the Next button.

Your Windows 10 PC or device begins downloading all the files required to install the April 2018 Update. As this is a big update, there is lots of data that needs to get to your PC, so it takes a while until it is downloaded. 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 April 2018 Update, you can Cancel at any time.

If you do that, the Windows 10 Update Assistant creates a shortcut on your desktop, which you can use to continue the process at a later time.

After the April 2018 Update files are downloaded, the Windows 10 Update Assistant begins installing the upgrade.

After a while, you are notified that "Your PC needs to restart to complete the update." You can wait 30 minutes for the automatic reboot to happen, or you can Restart now. Note that this part of the update process can take up to 90 minutes to finish.

When it is time to reboot, or right after you have pressed the Restart now button, you get this message: "You're about to be signed out."

Finally, once Windows 10 restarts, the installation of the April 2018 Update continues. Note that your PC might reboot a couple of times. All there is left for you to do is wait for it to end.

Then comes the final waiting: a minute or two are required for Windows 10 April 2018 Update to install the latest operating system updates and make the final configurations on your PC.

Once the installation is done, Windows 10 April 2018 Update greets you with a "Welcome to Windows" message like the one below, displayed inside Microsoft Edge. If you want, you can browse this webpage to see what is new in the April 2018 Update.

The Windows 10 Update Assistant displays a thank you message: you can click or tap Exit, as the installation is over.

Once the April 2018 Update is installed, Windows 10 shows that its version is now 1803, just like in the screenshot below. To verify, go to "Settings -> System -> About" and look for the Version field on the right.

That was it! Enjoy your new Windows 10 with April 2018 Update!


The April 2018 Update brings several 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 do not want to wait until you get it through Windows Update, now you know how to install it with the help of the Windows 10 Update Assistant. As you have seen from our guide, although it does take a while to download and install everything, the whole process is not that difficult.