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Force a reserved Windows 10 update early

To force an early Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8, follow one of the two methods below. You will need administrative privileges to run the update.


Method 1 – Registry

  1. Locate the registry key:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade
  2. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with the name AllowOSUpgrade, and set the value to 1.
  3. Run “Check for Updates” in Windows Update

Method 2 – Command Line

  1. Remove all files in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    • It seems Windows 10 won’t install with existing pending updates.
    • These files are temporary storage for Windows Update so it’s okay to delete them
  2. Open Command Prompt and type;

    wuauclt.exe /updatenow

  3. Open Windows Update from the Control Panel and you should see the update starting to download.
  4. If you get a Windows Update error, make sure you cleared the directory out above, and restart your PC.



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