How to Manually Trigger the Download for your Free Windows 10 Upgrade


The Windows 10 update is out with spanking new features that are sure to enhance the Windows experience like never before. The featured article explains how you can manually download the upgrade if you have not received the notification to upgrade until now.

Microsoft is back in the news with an all new upgrade on its Windows OS- Windows 10. With a host of spanking new features such as Cortana, the personal voice assistant, Hello facial recognition software, and Continuum to facilitate all kinds of apps on all Windows devices, the whiz heads at Microsoft are feverishly pitching the Windows 10 operating system to be the "best Windows ever."

If you are using older versions of Windows such as 7, 8, or 8.1, you must have got the notification to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10. If you have reserved your right, you are supposed to have gotten a notification by now stating that the download for the upgrade is complete and you can proceed with the switch to Windows 10. Well, if you think you have been waiting long enough but never got the invite, here is something you can do to initiate the download manually.

Also See: How to fix errors that occur while upgrading to Windows 10

First of all, you need to make sure that your device has Windows Update set to "Download and install updates automatically." Here is how you can check on it:

  • Click on the Start Button, you will see a search box at the bottom.
  • Type in "update" in the search box and you will get "Windows Update."
  • Click on it.
  • Use the "Change Settings" button on the left pane.
  • You will find "Important Updates."
  • You will get the option, "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates."
  • Select this and click on the OK button.
  • You will get a prompt to enter administrator password.
  • Enter it.
  • You could also get your updates by using the "Allow all users to install updates on this computer" option.

Once you have the automatic updates enabled on your device, you need to launch Command Prompt from the admin login and carry out the steps as described below:
  • Start Button > All Programs > Accessories
  • Activate Command Prompt through right click and click on "Run as administrator."
  • As soon as the dialogue box for User Account Control comes on your screen, click confirm and then continue.

You have another way to go about this:
  • Start Button
  • In the Search box, type "cmd" and hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter
  • User Account Control box appears, confirm and continue

You will get the Command Prompt interface on your screen. You will now need to enter the command as described below:

Wuauclt.exe/updatenow

Once the command has been entered, your computer will start downloading the Windows 10 update and you are all set for the spanking new Windows experience absolutely free.


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