How to Force the Windows 10 Upgrade

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THIS ARTICLE IS NO LONGER APPLICABLE AS MICROSOFT HAVE ENDED THE FREE UPGRADE OFFER.

Woo! The Windows 10 Upgrade pop has just appeared, Woo! It says I am eligible to upgrade, let’s do it! Err… What do you mean I have to wait?

Luckily there’s a solution, it’s very useful if you’re having issues upgrading and need to re-download the install files.

What to do

  • Open Windows Update:
  • Now, click “Check for Updates”
  • Open Command Prompt: - – For Windows 8 and newer
  • Windows Key + X
  • Click on “Command Prompt”
  • – Any edition of Windows
  • Click the Start button or Windows Key
  • Type “cmd”
  • Click on “Command Prompt”

  • Type “wuauclt.exe /updatenow” whilst Windows Update is still checking

You’re done! Windows Update should then automatically download the files.

Note: If you are forcing a download because of corrupted files then you will need to delete the previous upgrade files, go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete the contents of that folder.

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