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How to get Windows 10 Spring Creators Update right now

We may be only a day away from the release of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. Rumors are swirling that Microsoft will release its next update to Windows 10 on April 10. Microsoft rolls out its big OS updates gradually, however, so it may not arrive on your PC right away. If you want to hop to it without delay, then there’s a way you can install the final build of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update right now.

You’ll need to sign up for the Windows Insider Program and install a prerelease version of the software, but the prerelease version you will install is the same as the final, shipping version of Spring Creators Update (Windows 10 version 1803). If you don’t want to wait for the update to arrive via Windows Update, here’s how you can install it right now.

How to install Windows 10 Spring Creators Update early

  • Open Settings and click Update & security.
  • Click Windows Insider Program on the left column and click the Get started button.
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  • Click Link an account, select your Windows account and click Continue.
  • On the next screen, you’ll be asked, “What kind of content would you like to receive?” From the drop-down menu, select Just fixes, apps, and drivers and click Confirm and then click Confirm agree to Microsoft’s terms.
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  • Lastly, click Restart Now to restart your PC and begin installing Windows 10, build 1803, aka Spring Creators Update.

To check if the update has started installing on your PC, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and see if Windows 10, version 1803 is installing. If not, click the Check for Updates button, which should begin installing it.

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Opt out of Insider Builds

With Windows 10, version 1803, you’ll be running the final version of Spring Creators Update. If you don’t want to update to the next prerelease version of Windows when it’s released to Insiders, then you’ll need to tell Microsoft you don’t want it to roll out any more preview builds to your PC.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click the Stop Insider Preview builds button. Next, select Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release, which opts you out of the Insider Program and puts your PC in line to receive the public updates to Spring Creators Update as they are released.

In closing, a reminder: before updating your PC, especially with a pre-release build, you should always back up your PC.


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