How to upgrade to Windows 10 v1607 manually if the windows update doesn't find it

Technical Level : Intermediate

Summary
The 2nd major update to Windows 10 widely called the Anniversary update would be released to masses on August 2nd as told by Microsoft.As Windows 10 is running on 350+ million devices, we should not expect it coming down immediately to your device. The rolling out of the major update like this depends on many of the factors like the configuration of your device, location and tons of other factors.
While getting the update through windows update can take days, we can manually download the Installation media and run an In-place upgrade.
An In-Place upgrade means reinstalling Windows keeping everything of yours including files, installed applications and settings. It would be just like when your system upgraded from Windows 10 build 10240 to Windows 10 build 10586, widely called the November update to windows 10.

Details
There are two ways to to upgrade your OS to the latest build, one is a more automated process and other one requires a bit of effort from your side.

Method 1
This method is fairly simple.We just need to download a tool and select upgrade this PC now after opening and accepting the license terms.The tool will automatically download the setup media and perform the upgrade.
Media creation tool can be downloaded from this page:
The screen looks like this:

Click on Download tool now (don't use Upgrade assistant is what I recommend) and save the Media creation tool(generally around 18 MB) and click accept.Afterwards, you will get a screen like this:

                                      
To upgrade your PC to the November update, click Next and the Installation media download would begin like this:

After the download completes, it would automatically start the Installation and your computer would be updated.


Method 2
Though somewhat more complicated, this method would allow you to keep an Installation media for future purposes if you want to do a clean Install.
  • First of all, download the media creation tool and select Create Installation media for another PC at the screen which says What do you want to do?
                                           
  • Then, if you wish to upgrade the same PC, make sure the checkbox at the bottom which says "Use recommended option for this PC" is checked.Click on Next afterwards.


  • Then select ISO file on the screen which says Choose which media to use.Click on Next.


  • Save the ISO to any other drive and click OK in the path chooser dialog box.The ISO download should begin.
  • When the ISO download finishes, navigate to the ISO file location from file explorer and double click it.It should mount as a virtual drive as shown here:
  • Open the virtual drive and launch setup.exe named file, it would start preparing:
  • The next step is checking for updates.Windows would get the updates after the upgrade, so select not right now.
  • Accept the license terms:
  • Then after a while, it would show the following:
    Make sure Keep personal files and apps is ticked.
  • After clicking next the Installation starts:
  • After a restart, the progress screen is shown:(resembles windows update now!)
  • After completion, customize your OOBE settings.Click on Express settings, if you want Microsoft defaults and click on customise in the bottom left if you want to customise them according to your settings.
  • And your computer is now updated with Windows 10 v1607 called the Anniversary update.You can verify that by running winver command in Run dialog box
To remove the older windows Installation that would be removed automatically after 10 days you can see this article(the bottom section).

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Today I downloaded Media Creation tool from Microsoft because today is 2nsd august

if I run today this tool may I able to upgrade into Windows 10 Anniversary Update PLEASE REPLY

THANKS :)

Logically you would think that you would get the Anniversary update. But alas I didn't even though it is meant to be released today.  

Besides that I received bloatware and had my Display Driver removed as well as my Power Manager.

Where is my Windows 7 SSD . Yes I know I should've known.

Thanks Microsoft.

1:am CDT win10 ISO  not here yet in the statesides.

You will get 1511 10586.164 and have to upgrade to .494 and I guess

wait through windows updates.

Will see...

Well DARN it! lol

Nope. Windows 10 Anniversary update releases in morning time of Microsoft HQ's which is 7/8 hours from now. I have written:

*The ISO's would be made available on 2nd of August, till the version 1511 ISO's are being supplied by the tool.

and I would update this as soon as the ISO's are available


Sumit
Windows Insider MVP 2018-2021 and Moderator

Dell Inspiron 5590 - i5 10210U/12GB DDR4/ 4GB Nvidia MX230/ 512GB nvme

https://www.yourwindowsguide.com
Windows 10 Anniversary update releases in morning time of Microsoft HQ's which is 7/8 hours from now.
Sumit
Windows Insider MVP 2018-2021 and Moderator

Dell Inspiron 5590 - i5 10210U/12GB DDR4/ 4GB Nvidia MX230/ 512GB nvme

https://www.yourwindowsguide.com

I thought Microsoft supported the Global community. Why didn't they just make the release August 3rd.

Poor effort from Microsoft there I am afraid. Also why install bloatware on the update.

And why remove my Display driver and Power Manager. It was a downgrade for me. 

For people who have tweaked their Windows 10 , be ready to re-tweak those settings again unless now you are locked out.


Thank you for the information.

I am scratching my head from last 5-6 hours for update, because its 2nd August here in India.

It never came in mind that Microsoft will release update according to their time zone, not according to Indian time zone.

Thank you once again.

HDarji

12:40 PM CDT Stateside and ISO  it still is not there.

 You still download 1511 10586.494

i went into all settings, update and security, clicked on learn more and it brought me to HOW TO UPGRADE page. clicked on get the anniversary update now, went through the process up to 75% when it crashed and reset me back to the operation system i had before i started this. i did this twice and twice it crashed. 

Micosoft need to get their sh*t together.

If they tell people they will have updates ready on a certain date then they should deliver. No matter what time zone their customers live.

Also a bit more information and transparency would not go astray. Is it too difficult to indicate versions.

These are forced updates and I can't help the feeling that Microsoft is very dictatorial and a bit distanced from their customer base.

I suppose after we install the updates we will have to hope that the updates are indeed an improvement and don't have hidden agendas.

 

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