How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Without Waiting

Tired of endlessly checking your upgrade status? Skip the line and upgrade to Windows 10 without all the extra waiting.


If you’ve reserved your copy of Windows 10, but haven’t gotten the prompt to upgrade yet, you aren’t alone. The good news, however, is that you can skip the line, and manually start the upgrade yourself.

When installing Windows 10 you have to upgrade from Windows 7/8. You cannot completely clean install – wiping everything from your system – until after you have upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.

1: Back up your data! Seriously. Don’t be the guy who forgets to back up their data then complains about it later on. It isn’t a hard thing to do.

2: Once you’ve backed up your files and everything head over to this page and download the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Make sure you download the correct version for your computer. Once it finishes downloading go ahead and launch it.

3: Select the ‘Upgrade This PC’ Option and then click Next.

4: Let the Media Creation Tool run it’s course. It will take care of almost everything automatically, so sit back and enjoy the view, or play something on your Vita or 3DS.

After just a few minutes of downloading your computer will restart and run through the upgrade. Once it finishes you’ll find Windows 10 installed, and if you head over to Settings > Update and Security > Activation, you’ll find it fully activated without needing to enter in any pesky product keys.

If you're having problems getting the Windows Store to work, check out our guide to reset the store's cache, and revalidate your licenses.

Quick Note: We’ve only tested this on a computer with a copy already reserved through the Get Windows application. If for some reason you haven’t reserved a copy, then we don’t suggest trying this method out. Also, as stated above, you must upgrade to Windows 10 before you can do a clean install, otherwise your product will not be able to be activated.

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    July 29, 2015 2:35 PM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Without Waiting

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      July 29, 2015 2:45 PM

      where does this find the installation media from?

      Does it get the ISO from somewhere, or maybe the ESD file from that temp install directory?

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        July 29, 2015 2:46 PM

        You download the tool here and the tool download the files or .iso for you -

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          July 29, 2015 5:12 PM

          and if you spend 4 hours on shitty internet downloading the iso and it craps out with a "something happened" error, then you have to spend another 3 hours redownloading to have the same thing happen twice.

          fucking sucks

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            July 30, 2015 8:08 AM

            I ran out of space on my primary ssd, error code 'something happened' was useless, just figured it out after watching the free space disappear during the download and install to the usb drive. My guess is it's a compressed download, and unpacking and setting up the boot drive for the install ran out of space and it just bugs out, and spit out that generic error.

            Cleared up 10 gb of space, downloaded and created the usb boot perfectly.

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          July 30, 2015 8:40 AM

          Where do you get your activation key if you go this route? I assumed that got delivered as part of the embedded Windows Update install process.

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      July 29, 2015 2:55 PM

      This is also how you will create a fresh install iso for yourself to keep handy should you ever wish to reformat.

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