How To Upgrade To Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Now Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here, but you want to first install it to enjoy all the latest and amazing features. Similar to the Windows 10 November Update, Microsoft distributing the upgrade via regular channels like Media Creation Tool or Windows Update. In this guide, you’ll take a look at how to use each and every method.

What Do You Know About Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

Well, the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 is the new revision of Microsoft’s client OS. It has some improvements like:

  • Improved Start menu for searching and launching your apps instantly.
  • Better Microsoft Edge web browser that supports Extensions.
  • Many personalization options to make your computer suit you.
  • Good networking options like mobile hotspot compatible with sharing your Wifi connection.
  • Simplest ways to install/download or manage Windows Updates.
  • Better Cortana integration or Inking.
  • Expanded Windows Inking tools.
  • Developer and IT Professional improvements like BASH Shell integration.

Different Ways To Install Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Install Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is only available for PCs executing Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Android. It is not free for everyone; users still executing Windows 7 or 8 want to buy a complete Windows 10 license.

Windows Update

Windows Update is the simplest method to install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. However, if you are executing Windows 10, 1507, or 1511.

  1. Just tap Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update then tap Check for Updates. Wait until Windows Update scans for the new updates. However, the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 presents to you an available update. Wait until the download completes. Windows Update also prompts you to restart your PC to complete the installation.
  2. If you plan to complete the install, Windows 10 will restart your PC then boot into the install environment. The Update uses the latest subtle setup experience, which seems quite similar to a regular Windows Update then a full OS upgrade. Windows 10 setup will restart many times during the process of installation.
  3. When the installation completes, a prompt appears to log into your account. Windows 10 also perform last-minute chores like install Windows Store updates, Windows Updates, and configure the OS.

That’s all. You have now successfully installed Windows 10 Anniversary Update. You can also launch Windows Update then view for extra updates.

Upgrade Now & Media Creation Tool

Microsoft is using another approach to delivering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The software delivered Windows 10 November Update in the same way. The Anniversary Update will also available first to systems that are optimized for Windows 10. It has devices with UEFI BIOS, TPM 1.2, and Windows Hello Support. If you are not viewing the Anniversary Update, don’t fret, it will appear eventually; keep checking Windows Update frequently.

If you can’t wait, you can then begin the upgrade right away after using the Get Windows 10 page.

  1. Move to the Get Windows 10 download page.
  2. Then tap Upgrade Now then follow the on-screen prompts.
  3. Tap ‘Run anyway’ if prompted by the Smart Screen Filter.
  4. Now accept the End User License Agreement.
  5. Wait until the Upgrade Assistant checks your system compatibility.
  6. Tap Next to start the upgrade.
  7. Wait until Windows 10 downloads.
  8. When successfully complete, tap Start the upgrade now. Your PC will restart and continue to the installation.

ISO Media

Another alternative available on the Get Windows 10 page is the Media Creation Tool, which is a small app with many options for upgrading. If you have various PCs running Windows 10 or previous versions; you can then use it to create custom bootable media with a mixture of Pro, Home, 32, and 64-bit variants.

The Media Creation Tool also creates an ISO file. The file contains all architectures or editions of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. An ISO file is a digital copy of a DVD or CD. However, the ISO file supports or compatible with offline upgrades. I recommend this technique for upgrades. Choose the option, Upgrade this PC now then follow the on-screen prompts. Also, select the option, Create installation media for another computer, you will be prompted to choose your language, architecture, or edition.

The tool Media Creation allows you to select whether you like to create a bootable USB thumb drive or install an ISO that you can use to create a bootable DVD. Just choose the ISO file, then tap Next. Also, select where you like to save the ISO file. Wait until the creation of the ISO image completes.

Initiating Upgrade Using the ISO File

If you are executing Windows 8.1 or later, you can then mount the ISO file by double-tapping on it. However, you can then launch the setup manually. Users executing Windows 7 or earlier, want to create a bootable copy through disc burning software or third-party utilities i.e Rufus.

If Setup does not automatically launch:

Windows 10 – Tap Start > File Explorer > This PC > double-tap the drive containing the setup file.

8.1 – In Windows 8.1 head over to File Explorer on the Taskbar or hit Windows key + E > This PC > double-tap the drive containing the setup file.

Windows 7 – Tap Start > Computer > double-tap the drive containing the setup file.

I recommend installing and downloading updates as they can help to ensure the upgrade goes perfectly. If you are not having a Wifi connection, then choose Not right now then tap Next. Then accept the terms or conditions of the End User License Agreement.

For a clean install, tap the Choose what to keep link then choose the tab Keep nothing. When you are ready, just tap Install.

The installation might take some time. It depends on factors like memory, processor speed, and data set. However, your PC will start many times during the installation.

What’s More?

Upgrade To Windows 10 Anniversary Update

System Requirements For Executing The Update:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024×600

The update preserves all your personal files. Like documents, pictures, music, videos, emails, downloads, favorites, contacts, etc.  Also preserved are all apps (i.e., Microsoft Office, Adobe applications, etc.), settings, and games (i.e., passwords, custom dictionary, apps settings.)

Fix error while running Media Creation Tool or ISO file.

  • Restart your PC then try again.
  • Turn off your security software then try again.

Fix error Insufficient space to install Windows 10.

If you have a USB thumb drive or external hard disk with 32GB or more free space. Then attach it then power it on. Then tap the option Choose another drive or connect an external drive with 10.0 GB available.

Tap in the list box, then pick the drive with 10GB or more space. When the storage device does not display up, tap Refresh then tries again. After choosing, tap the Back button.


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