How to force download Windows 10 and skip Update waiting process [Guide]

Windows 10This year, Microsoft is changing the way it rolls out software updates for users by not having the new Windows 10 update readily available for users on the same day; you will have to wait several days until it finds everybody. If you have already visited the Windows Update Center and found it isn’t available for you, there’s a way you can force download the Windows 10 update.

Luckily, thanks to some tech-savvy Windows fans, we have a way anyone can force the installation and skip the waiting queue by following the guide below. I’ve tried this on my Windows Surface tablet and can vouch it does work. There are no current reports of it not working for other desktops or devices just yet. It should work for all of you.


  • Make sure you have already reserved your free Windows 10 upgrade.
  • The guide is in reference to the free Windows 10 upgrade.
  • You must meet the minimum PC requirements for installing Windows 10.
  • You must be running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1 to be eligible for the free upgrade.


  1. Check that you are able to receive automatic Windows updates. If that’s disabled then you won’t find Windows 10 waiting regardless.
  2. Navigate to the Windows Update center.
  3. Browse the C:Drive and delete everything in the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder.
  4. Make sure you are running in administrator mode and open the command prompt window. Type CMD from the search box to find the command prompt. Now you are ready to type some code.
  5. Type the command: wuauclt.exe /updatenow.
  6. Wait for five minutes.
  7. Navigate back to the Windows Update and click the “Check For Updates” option.
  8. Now you should find your free copy of Windows 10 is waiting to install.

Click the button to Download Windows 10 and then follow the regular guide on how to download and install Windows 10 Free on PC.

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  • Tony TwoTone

    “Your ISP won’t get mad. I believe they have a fetish watching bandwidth get chewed; they enjoy it.”

    LOL! You cracked me up on the one mate! That was a good one lad….

  • Mikerman

    [@RobCr] I believe I read earlier today that, for a clean install, you first need to do an upgrade (and that this is possible from the downloaded OS); and then, at that point, you can do a clean install–the system remembers your license key. Yes, a double effort–but perhaps the first half (the upgrade) is needed to get the system to record the key internally.

  • Mathew

    [@Tony Twotone] I would go through Windows Update and avoid the complexities currently surrounding us. That’s what it’s there for. A few clicks and you’re done.

    Your ISP won’t get mad. I believe they have a fetish watching bandwidth get chewed; they enjoy it.

  • Tony Twotone

    Would I want to have Windows install Windows 10 through “windows update” or just download a clean copy from the link given here and install it meself? Will my ISP get mad I am using this much bandwidth to download it? Please answer….

  • RobCr

    Here is the result of my attempts.
    If you have an OEM version of 7 or 8 the key will not work, if you attempt a clean install from the DVD.
    You have to have windows running, and then run the DVD (to do an upgrade).
    When I did that, it did not even ask for the key.

    I don’t like the start menu, so will be getting one of the free alternatives (eg Classic Shell, if it handles W10)
    I don’t like the File Manager, so will use XYPlorer (if it works in W10). (XYPlorer has a free version)
    I have yet to find out how to turn on Menu’s in the Edge browser. (I detest the simplistic interfaces that Chrome appear to have started).


  • RobCr

    Hi Mathew,
    Thanks for responding.
    I have downloaded the ISO and will use imgburn to burn the DVD
    I have made an image of the previous drive (W7 Pro) 32 bit
    I have disconnected that drive, and connected another near identical drive in the same case. And then restored into that (Effectively a clone, but using an image to do it. Which means I have the image to fall back on as well)
    I will upgrade that clone using the DVD.
    If the consequence of doing an upgrade, is not terrific (bit messed up), and I decide to do a clean install later.
    Will MS get huffy. That is, If I use the W7 oem Serial number, to do the upgrade, and then later decide to discard that upgraded OS, and instead wipe the drive and do a clean install. Are we allowed to do that (use the Serial number again, in the same PC) ?

    Thanks for your help,

  • Mathew

    [@RobCr] Hi Rob,

    You can do a clean install from DVD. The procedure should be the same for past versions. Check this out: Any slight variations should be available for you to follow on the display. The disk will guide you. Just make sure you backup first.


    If you don’t have it on disk yet, you need to download Windows 10 from the Microsoft page from Mikerman, then burn that to a disk. If you don’t know how to burn, I recommend taking another option because it’s the most difficult out of all of them. Try installing the ISO on a clean USB stick instead. They both can clean install.

    Were you wanting a guide on how to transfer the Windows 10 ISO to a disk? Or you already have it on a disk?

  • RobCr

    Me again (I sent first comment from my W7 PC, which is not my main PC)
    I would appreciate feedback from anyone (in case Mikerman is asleep) – as to whether I can do a clean install using the DVD ?
    PS If a clean install is possible, that is something that many, many people would like to hear about (hint for Ashraf)

  • Rob Crombie

    I’m in Australia, perhaps that is why the cmd trick above did not appear to work.
    If I download Mikerman’s link, will that have the added advantage of allowing me to do a clean install ?


  • Mikerman

    The other option: simply download Windows 10 and proceed as you like. With the ability to create a USB, DVD and ISO file.