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

Microsoft began distributing the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 on October 2nd, 2018, through Windows Update. Not all systems receive it at once, and the update is going to 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 October 2018 Update right now. Microsoft has made it available as a download starting October 2nd, 2018. Here is how to get the October 2018 Update on all your Windows 10 PCs and devices, whenever you want:

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

The first thing you have to do to get the October 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 October 2018 Update now available" and a large blue Update now button. Click or tap on it.

Download Windows 10 October 2018 Update now

When you push the "Update now" button, you trigger the download of a small 5.8MB executable file called Windows10Upgrade9252.exe. Save it somewhere on your Windows 10 computer or device. Any location is OK.

Downloading the Windows 10 Update Assistant

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

The Windows10Upgrade9252.exe file (Windows 10 Update Assistant)

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

The UAC prompt to allow running the Windows 10 Update Assistant

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 October 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 currently not running the latest and most secure version of Windows 10. This PC is running version 1803. The latest version is 1809."

The version 1809 is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Click or tap on the "Update now" button from the bottom right corner of the window.

The Windows 10 Update Assistant

If your PC meets all the requirements for installing the October 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.

Assessing the compatibility of your Windows 10 PC with October 2018 Update

Your Windows 10 PC or device begins downloading all the files required to install the October 2018 Update. As this is a big update, there are lots of data that need to get to your PC, so it takes a while until it everything 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.

Downloading the installation files for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Note that, if you change your mind and no longer want to download the October 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.

The desktop shortcut for Windows 10 Update Assistant

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

The updating process of Windows 10 to October 2018 Update

After a while, you are notified that "Your update is ready. 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.

Restarting the PC to apply the Windows 10 October 2018 update

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."

The message that your PC is going to restart to complete the update

Finally, once Windows 10 restarts, the installation of the October 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.

Installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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

The finishing touches for the October 2018 Update

Once the installation is done, the Windows 10 Update Assistant and Microsoft Edge greet you with a thank you and a "Welcome to the October Update" message like in the screenshot below. If you want, you can browse the web page from Microsoft Edge to see what is new in the October 2018 Update.

What you see when you start Windows 10 October 2018 Update for the first time

Once the October 2018 Update is installed, Windows 10 shows that its version is now 1809, just like in the screenshot below. To verify, go to "Settings -> System -> About" and look for the Version field on the right.

The version and build information of your Windows 10

That was it! Enjoy Windows 10 with October 2018 Update!

Conclusion

The October 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.