How to Skip the Line and Upgrade to Windows 10 Now

If you’ve backed up a copy of Windows 10 but haven’t received an update request yet, here’s a secret: you can skip the line and update right now.

If you just want to upgrade your PC rather than doing a clean install , you don’t have to wait in line. Just follow these steps:

  1. Back up all your data first! As with any update, we recommend making a backup before proceeding.
  2. When you’re ready to upgrade, go to this page and download the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Run it when it finishes downloading.
  3. Select the “Update this PC” option and click “Next”.
  4. Let the Creation Tool go through its process. From now on, he should do almost everything automatically.

After a few minutes, your computer will restart and start the update. When it finishes, you should find that Windows 10 is installed and if you go to Settings> About it will show up as fully activated. Sweet!

Note. We only tested this on the computer where the copy was backed up; we don’t expect this to work unless you’ve backed up a copy of Windows 10 for the computer you’re updating. And, as we said earlier, this most likely won’t work for clean installs – only for updates.

As with anything “unsupported”, proceed with caution. If you have any doubts about this workaround, you better wait for the official update notification. (Update: Apparently this method is invisible, but officially supported by Microsoft !)

Thanks to Soobin , Travis Knight, and the other commenters who alerted us to this trick!


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