How to Install Windows 10's October 2018 Update Today
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Published: 14th November 2018 | Source: Microsoft | Price: |
How to Install Windows 10's October 2018 Update today
Right now, Microsoft releases "Feature Updates" on a bi-annual basis, delivering new tools and options to users of the OS while providing dedicated support for modern features like HDR content playback, OS 'Dark Mode' for nighttime use and support for modern APIs like DXR.
Windows 10's "Feature Updates" replace the Service packs of older Windows OS', with Microsoft kitting out Windows 10 for long-term use. Don't expect Microsoft to release Windows 11 anytime soon, as Windows 10 still has plenty of room to evolve.
Like other Windows 10 feature updates, there are plenty of reasons to update your system immediately, with new tools like the "Your Phone" app for Android and iOS handsets, software support for DirectX Raytracing (DXR) and the addition of 'Dark mode'. In this short guide, we will show you how to update your Windows 10 OS, granting access to Windows 10's latest feature immediately while preventing unscheduled PC downtime at a later date.
Those who do not wish to be an early adopter should wait for their OS to update automatically, after Microsoft has confirmed compatibility with your system's hardware configuration. With this OS update, Microsoft is using AI to help roll out the update to systems as quickly as possible, while minimising potential compatibility issues. Waiting will ensure that the update is delivered to your system in the most stable state possible.
Windows 10's October 2018 update will start to install on Windows 10 systems automatically on Tuesday, November 13th (Yeah, Microsoft released their "October Update in November). You can learn more about Windows 10's October 2018 update here.
Microsoft has claimed that their October 2018 update requires 31% less system downtime than their April 2018 update.
The Traditional Method
To start off we will have a look at what we call the "Traditional Method" for receiving Windows Updates, Microsoft recommends this method as it will only deliver their October 2018 update to users when it is part of Microsoft's official rollout.
This staggered release means that this update method will not work for everyone right now, though that is not necessarily a bad thing given the buggy launches that some of Microsoft's previous feature updates experienced.
Regardless, you are here right now to sample Window's 10's October 2018 Update for yourself, which means you want it right now. So, let's get started.
Are you part of Microsoft's Initial Rollout?
We will start by conducting a manual update search to see whether or not your system is part of Microsoft's official update rollout, which uses the same process as standard Microsoft manual updates.
First, go to your PC's start menu and click on the "Settings" button, which looks like a circular cog. Clicking on this will allow you to enter Windows 10's setting menu, which is pictured below.
When inside Windows 10's Settings Menu enter into Microsoft's "Update and Security" menu and then click on the "Check for Updates" button in the "Windows Update" menu. This process will also download Microsoft's latest security updates for Windows 10.
If you are part of Microsoft's official rollout, you will be able to start downloading the update immediately, though you can still use your PC as normal until the update is ready to install.
If Microsoft's October 2018 Update cannot be installed using this method, users will need to either wait for Microsoft's official rollout or manually install the update (which we cover on the next page).