Windows 10 Update Assistant: Upgrade to October 2020 Update today!

On October 20, 2020, Microsoft began distributing the October 2020 Update for Windows 10 through Windows Update and the Media Creation Tool. The update, also known as Windows 10 version 2009 or 20H2, is also available through the Windows 10 Update Assistant - a small file that acts as an upgrade wizard. Not all systems receive it at once through Windows Update because Microsoft rolls it out gradually. If you don't want to wait, you can use the Windows 10 Update Assistant and upgrade to October 2020 Update right now. Here's how:

Upgrade Windows 10 to October 2020 Update with the Windows 10 Update Assistant

To upgrade Windows 10 to October 2020 Update, open your favorite web browser, and go to Download Windows 10. There is a section called "Windows 10 October 2020 Update" and an Update now button at the top. Click or tap on it.

Download Windows 10 October 2020 Update now

This action triggers the download of a small 5.92 MB executable file called Windows10Upgrade9252.exe. Save it somewhere on your Windows 10 computer or device. Any location is okay. Then, go to where you saved the file and double-click or double-tap on it.

The Windows10Upgrade9252.exe file is used to upgrade Windows 10

A UAC prompt pops up next, where you must confirm that you want to run the Windows 10 Update Assistant by pressing Yes.

Press Yes in the UAC prompt to allow the Windows 10 Update Assistant

The Windows 10 Update Assistant loads and tells you whether you are running the latest version of Windows 10. Since you want to install the October 2020 Update, you probably do not have the latest version. You should see something similar to the image below, letting you know that "[...] This PC is currently not running the latest and most secure version of Windows 10. This PC is running version... The latest version is 2009."

Version 2009 is the Windows 10 October 2020 Update. Click or tap on the "Update now" button from the bottom right corner of the Windows 10 Update Assistant.

The Windows 10 Update Assistant

Before continuing, you should check that you have at least 10-12 GB of free space on your Windows 10 partition. Your PC should also meet all the requirements for installing the October 2020 Update because you already have Windows 10. The Windows 10 Update Assistant automatically starts the download of the latest update in a couple of seconds. If you are in a hurry, you can also start it manually by clicking or tapping Next.

Assessing the compatibility of your Windows 10 PC with October 2020 Update

The upgrade assistant for Windows 10 begins downloading all the files required to install the October 2020 Update. As this is a relatively large update, it takes a while until 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. You can see the download progress displayed as a percentage, like in the screenshot below.

Windows 10 Update Assistant downloading the files for the October 2020 Update

If you change your mind and no longer want to download the latest update, you can press on Cancel update. When you do that, the Windows 10 Update Assistant creates a shortcut on your desktop, which you can later use to continue the process. After the files are downloaded, the Windows 10 Update Assistant begins installing the update. The progress of upgrading Windows 10 is also shown in percentages.

Windows 10 Update Assistant is updating Windows 10 to October 2020 Update

This part of the Windows 10 update process can take up to 90 minutes to finish. Unfortunately, a clean installation of the latest update is somewhat faster. However, you don't get to keep all your apps, files, and settings, as you do during the 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.

Restarting the PC to apply the Windows 10 October 2020 Update

When it is time to reboot or right after pressing the Restart now button, you get this message: "You're about to be signed out. Windows 10 Update Assistant will reboot your device to complete the update." Press Close, and your computer restarts in a couple of seconds.

Your PC is going to shut down to complete the update

After the restart, the installation continues. Note that your PC might reboot a couple of times. All that's left for you to do is wait for it to end.

Finalizing the Windows 10 upgrade to October 2020 Update

After you sign in again to Windows 10, then comes the final waiting screen: a minute or two is required to make the final configurations.

The finishing touches for the Windows 10 October 2020 Update

Once the installation finalizes, the Windows 10 Update Assistant greets you with a "Thank you" message. Press Exit and you are done.

Windows 10 Update Assistant thanks you for updating your operating system

You may also see a Tips window with information about the latest update. Browse through the list to see what's new, and then close the window.

Tips shows you what's new in Windows 10 October 2020 Update

Once the October 2020 Update is installed, Windows 10 shows that its version is 20H2 or 2009. To verify, go to "Settings -> System -> About," scroll down, and look for the Version field on the right.

The version and build information of your Windows 10

TIP: For other methods of checking the version of Windows 10 that you have installed, read: How to check the Windows 10 version, OS build, edition, or type.

How well did Windows 10 Update Assistant work for you?

The October 2020 Update brings some new features, enhancements, and bug fixes to Windows 10, and many users probably want to get it onto their devices as soon as possible. If you do not want to wait, now you know how to upgrade 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 process is not that difficult. Before closing, let us know if everything worked well. Comment below and share your experience.