In­stalling the Update


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ONE OF THE most pleas­ing re­sults of Mi­crosoft’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to make Win­dows 10 the ul­ti­mate ver­sion of its op­er­at­ing sys­tem is that you get a con­stantly evolv­ing OS that’s con­tin­u­ally get­ting new fea­tures for free — rather than hav­ing to pay for a new it­er­a­tion ev­ery five years. It also means you don’t need to worry about com­pat­i­bil­ity — if your PC or de­vice is able to run Win­dows 10, you’ll be able to in­stall and run the Fall Cre­ators Update as well.

As with pre­vi­ous ma­jor up­dates to Win­dows 10, such as the An­niver­sary Update, Mi­crosoft will be rolling out the Fall Cre­ators Update as an au­to­matic update in waves. This means that, for many peo­ple, you won’t need to do any­thing to get the Fall Cre­ators Update — Win­dows 10 will qui­etly down­load it when you’re do­ing some­thing else, then will in­form you when the update is ready to be in­stalled.

By re­leas­ing the update in waves, it does mean you may have to wait for the update to ap­pear. This isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, since it means Mi­crosoft’s servers aren’t be­ing ham­mered by mil­lions of users want­ing to get the update right away. It also en­ables Mi­crosoft to mon­i­tor the suc­cess of the soft­ware, and catch any bugs or is­sues. If some arise, Mi­crosoft can get to work fix­ing those while the update rolls out.

If you are ea­ger to try out the Fall Cre­ators Update and don’t want to wait for the roll­out to reach your de­vice, we don’t blame you, and thank­fully, there is an easy way to down­load and in­stall the update your­self. Check out our step-by-step guide on the fol­low­ing page that will take you through the process.


Whether you wait for the update to reach you via Mi­crosoft’s roll­out, or you man­u­ally

down­load and in­stall the Fall Cre­ators Update, you should make sure that your de­vice, and the im­por­tant files and doc­u­ments you store on it, are backed up and ready for the update. Af­ter all, this is a ma­jor update to your de­vice’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem, and while it’s un­likely that any­thing will go wrong, you don’t want to put your ir­re­place­able files at risk un­nec­es­sar­ily. So the first thing you should do is make sure you have copies of any doc­u­ments or pho­tos you do not want to lose. This can be done by ei­ther copy­ing the files to an ex­ter­nal hard drive or USB flash drive, or by mak­ing sure the files are also stored on a cloud ser­vice, such as OneDrive, which is built into Win­dows 10, or the likes of Drop­box or Google Drive.

You’ll also want to make sure that your hard drive has enough space to down­load and in­stall the Fall Cre­ators Update. Mi­crosoft rec­om­mends at least 16GB of space for the 32-bit ver­sion, and 20GB for the 64-bit ver­sion. Be­fore in­stalling the Fall Cre­ators Update, you’ll need to know which ver­sion you’ll need. This is de­ter­mined by whether or not your de­vice has a 32-bit or 64-bit pro­ces­sor. As a gen­eral rule, most mod­ern de­vices will have a 64-bit pro­ces­sor, but you can dou­ble-check to be sure by typ­ing “Sys­tem” into the Search box on the Taskbar (next to the Start menu but­ton).

In the win­dow that ap­pears, there should be a set­ting la­belled Sys­tem. From there, you’ll see ‘Sys­tem type’ and it is here that Win­dows 10 will state whether it is 32-bit or 64-bit. Once you know which ver­sion you’re us­ing, you can fol­low the guide be­low for in­stalling the Fall Cre­ators Update.


Once you’ve down­loaded and suc­cess­fully in­stalled the Win­dows 10 Fall Cre­ators Update, you can quickly check to make sure you’re run­ning the update cor­rectly by open­ing the Start Menu and click­ing on the Set­tings but­ton (the icon which looks like a cog). Click Sys­tem, then About at the bot­tom of the left-hand menu. Un­der where it says ‘Win­dows spec­i­fi­ca­tions’, there will be a num­ber next to where it says Ver­sion. The Fall Cre­ators Update is ver­sion 1709, so if that num­ber, or one higher than that, is dis­played, then the Fall Cre­ators Update has been suc­cess­fully in­stalled on your PC or other Win­dows de­vice. As with any ma­jor update to an op­er­at­ing sys­tem, there may be a few bugs or is­sues that need to be ironed out early in its life. In the Search box on the Taskbar, type in “Win­dows Update” and then se­lect ‘Check for up­dates’. If there are any fur­ther up­dates avail­able, in­stall them, since they may con­tain fixes for any prob­lems you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or could en­counter — an­other rea­son to back up your PC!

You’ll need to make sure you in­stall the cor­rect ver­sion of the Fall Cre­ators Update for your pro­ces­sor.

To be sure you have the Fall Cre­ators Update cor­rectly in­stalled, you can check the ver­sion num­ber.

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