Windows 10 Creators Edition Update - Still waiting, Here's how to get it now

Technical Level : Basic


The Spring Creators Update edition (version 1703) was released to the public on April 11th of 2017. But if you haven't received the update and are still waiting ... I’ll show you an easy way to install the update now without a lengthily wait before it is your turn (Microsoft will not make the update to everyone at the same time).

So I'll show you how to get Windows Update to do its job now  and download and install the Creators Update on April 5th or anytime thereafter.

Note: To get the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) read: Windows 10 - Fall Creators Update - How to get it now


Code named "Redstone 2" (Windows Insider builds 14901 and later) will officially become the "Windows 10 Creators Update"

Announced public release date April 11th of 2017 (Version number = 1703 Build 15063.13)

Build 15058 (Winver shows no expiration date) could be a precursor to the “Creators Update” release expected in late March or early April. 


If you want a peek at some of the new features that have been incorporated in the Windows Insider's builds that will lead up to the Creators update then click on the "What's new" links listed below. Keep in mind these Insider builds are in essence beta versions and not every feature mentioned for a specific build may not be incorporated or may be modified in the final release to the public.

Build            Release

number       date            

14901           08/11/16            What's new

14905           08/17/16            What's new

14915           08/31/16            What's new

14931           09/21/16            What's new

14936           09/28/16            What's new

14942           10/07/16            What's new

14946           10/13/16            What's new

14951           10/19/16            What's new

14955           10/25/16            What's new

14959           11/03/16            What's new

14965           11/09/16            What's new

14971           11/17/16            What's new

14986           12/07/16            What's new

15002           01/09/17            What's new

15007           01/12/17            What's new

15014           01/19/17            What's new

15019           01/27/17            What's new

15025           02/01/17            What's new

15031           02/08/17            What's new

15042           02/24/17            What’s new

15048           03/03/17            What’s new

15055           03/10/17            What’s new

15058     No expiration date  What’s new   (Winver in the screen shot below shows no expiration date !)

15060           03/16/17            Expiration date: 05/15/17     What’s new

15061           03/17/17            Expiration date: 05/15/17     What’s new

15063           03/20/17            Winver shows no expiration date (see note #6)         What’s new

15060           03/16/17            05/01/17                  05/15/17                 05/29/17     What’s new

15061           03/17/17            05/01/17                  05/15/17                 05/29/17     What’s new

15063           03/20/17            Winver shows no expiration date (see note #6)         What’s new

Two important things to do before you start the update when it becomes available:

A) Create an image backup of your current version of Windows 10. Should the update fail you can restore the image to your disk drive and try again.

B) Disable any third party Anti-Virus software you may have installed!

How to install the update:

1) Go to Windows Update, by opening the start menu, click on ‘Settings’ / Updates & security or in the ‘Search box’ type: update' and open ‘Check for Updates’. This will prep your system with any last minute minor updates before you install the Creators Update.

Note: Laptop users should not do this while running on battery power only.

2) Next it should open a page on your default browser. To continue with the upgrade click on the link as shown below.

3) Click on the "Update now" button.

4) Click on the "Save as" button and save the file to your Downloads folder.

5) You can choose to run the file immediately or when you are ready double click on the file in your Downloads folder to start the update process.

6) If you see the message displayed below it means the upgrade is not yet available in your time zone. Otherwise skip to step #7.

7) If you see the message shown below the Creators Update is starting.

8) Your ready to upgrade, click on the Update now" button located in the lower left corner.

9) Your PC meets the requirements for the Creators Update, click the "Next" button to continue.

10) The update is downloading.

11) The update is installing.

12) To complete the update a "Restart" is required.

13) After the restart completes, you will prompted check and change (if necessary) your privacy settings. You can also choose your default apps (Let me choose my default apps / remove the check mark for an apps you don't want). Windows will finalize your setting and then you will see the Lock / Login screens.

14) after you login Windows will check and install any updates. Then you will see the "Thank you for updating ...." windows.

15) Exit the Thank you message window. That's it, your done installing the Creators Update, enjoy.

You also have the option to use Windows 10 Creators Update ISO:

The Creators Update is also available using the Media Creation Tool.

Additional Information:

Complete list of Windows Insider build numbers, what happens when a build reaches its expiration date and Creators Update release date

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I looked at the list of updates and I only saw one feature of real value. Working hours may be changed from 12 hours to 18 hours.

As good as the working hours feature sounds, it's great for an environment where computers are used the same time every day, such as an office. It was a poor feature for someone that randomly uses their computer outside set hours, such as a college student. My daughter is a college student who lost a lot of work when her computer re-booted without warning to install updates. Hopefully allowing 18 hours will prevent that from ever happening again.

Microsoft needs to bring back location based printing, a valuable feature for mobile users. Windows 10 is all about mobility, right?

I use a laptop for my business and work from four locations. Location based printing was a great feature that allowed my computer to remember a default printer for each network I hooked up to. I was able to print from anyone of my four locations without choosing which printer to use. IT WAS AWESOME! I had the feature with Windows 7 Pro and initially had it when I updated to Windows 10 Pro. Unfortunately, Microsoft removed the feature from one of the Windows 10 updates.

Microsoft, please bring back location based printing for Windows 10. There was no excuse to take it away.

just received my update to 1703 and its finished installing. excited to see all of the changes :)
My computer didn't finish scanning and won't let me manually scan. I have scheduled updates and it didn't finish.
If you mean the Creators Update it's not available at this time.
Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.

Just a while ago we had the new Visual Studio 2017. This doesn't even finish installing - by many users including me. The errors supplied can be traced back to the RC from November 2016.

What do I want to say with that? Microsoft is not good in releasing (reasonably) trouble free products. Even after extensive test rounds (like the W10 Insiders Preview) , these fail on very basic points. A half working Visual Studio 2017 is not a big problem; I still have a working VS 2015. But a half working W10 Creators Edition is a big problem. We all know what happened with the first Anniversary Edition - just search a bit on that.

I have disabled my Windows Update Process; a very effective way to postpone updates in every W10 version. I will not enable it again until after a few months.

The main change in the Anniversary Edition was that users can no longer get rid of the totally unnecessary Lock screen, yielding many likewise unnecessary clicks. None of the bugs and unpleasantries were solved. So I expect it will be the same with this Creators Update. If you don't use Cortana, Edge (but Firefox instead), the W10 Start menu (but the Classic Start menu instead) there's not much you will miss, except -no doubt- some nasty features, I expect more advertisements and pushing to use Microsoft products.

Sorry to spoil the party, but I think that postponing the Creators Edition as long as possible will be wiser than getting it today....

Using the media creation tool to make an iso for installation creates an old version of windows not the latest creators edition. Thats no good for me especially as the reason for creating the iso is to save bandwidth on a slow connection so i could install on two laptops. Now i have to download individually.
it went the exact same to me, but after i restarted it was working on updates for a while last time i checked it was 44% then i got restoring your previous version of windows and updates were not installed

I have followed the above approach, but after rebooting a few times and getting to 32% it works for a while and then hangs for a while and then reverts to back to previous version.  But I do not get any error message telling me why the update failed.  



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Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.
I get to Step 11 but "getting your update ready" doesn't move beyond 0%. Then I get the "Something went wrong" screen quoting error code 0x8007041d

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