How to Get Windows 10’s Creators Update Now

Microsoft will start rolling out Windows 10’s Creators Update starting April 11, but it will be a few months before every PC gets it. If you don’t want to wait, you can download the Creators Update from Microsoft right now.

To run Windows 10 on a Mac via Boot Camp, you’ll need to follow this procedure to install it. If you try to install it normally, you’ll see a Stop error with code 0xc000000f.

Use Microsoft’s Update Assistant

As part of the release of the Creators Update, Microsoft is offering a new Update Assistant tool. You can download this tool to manually opt into the Creators Update, even if Microsoft hasn’t pushed it to your device yet. It will also allow you to download the Creators Update a week early beginning on April 5, before its general release starts on April 11. Microsoft’s blog post notes that this tool is for advanced users using an officially licensed, or “genuine“, version of Windows 10.

Download the Update Assistant tool from Microsoft’s website and run it to get started. You’ll be told your PC is not running the latest version of Windows 10.

This dialog is a little unclear if you’re not familiar with Windows 10’s build numbers. If you’re using the Anniversary Update, you’ll be told your PC is running “version 14393”. The tool will offer to upgrade you to version 15063, which is the final stable version of the Creators Update.

Click “Update Now” and the Update Assistant will download and install the Creators Update for you. You can continue using your PC normally and even minimize the window, if you like. It will remain running in the notification area while it downloads the update.

If you do this, you’re installing the update before Microsoft marks it as ready for your device, so you may encounter problems with hardware devices or software on your PC. If something doesn’t seem to work properly after installing the update, you can roll back to the Anniversary Update and wait until Windows Update offers your PC the update. The problem should be fixed by the time your PC receives the update normally. Microsoft gradually rolls out updates over several months so they can identify and fix problems like these.

Get Early Updates Next Time with the Insider Previews

If you’re running an Insider Preview build of Windows 10, now is a good time to leave the Insider Builds behind. If you stay on the “Fast Ring”, Microsoft will soon begin pushing you very unstable versions of the next Windows 10 update. You may want to switch to the “Slow Ring”, “Release Preview”, or even leave Insider Preview builds behind for now and use the stable version of the Creators Update. Head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program on the Creators Update to choose your Insider Preview settings.

If, however, you want to get updates earlier next time, you can enable Insider Previews to get a pre-release look at these features. The “Release Preview” track of Windows 10, in particular, is pretty great, since it’s much more stable than the Fast and Slow rings, and will get you new updates without having to wait for the rollout. It’s still technically an Insider Preview—one that keeps you on the stable build of Windows 10 but gives you Windows updates, driver updates, and Microsoft app updates early—so download at your own risk. But in our experience, the Release Preview is a relatively stable track with quick updates, which is great.

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.