Today (02 October 2018) Microsoft has officially released the latest semi-annual feature update for Windows 10, as October 2018 Update version 1809 build 17763. And will begin rolling out automatically through Windows Update on October 9, just one week from now.
The latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update brings new clipboard experience that syncs across devices, Screen Sketch tool to take screenshots, Your Phone app that allows sending the text message from your PC. Also, you’ll find other features like Typing insights, SwiftKey, and Windows HD Color, including a dark theme for File Explorer and Fluent Design touches, and a lot more.
According to the company the new version 1809 will start rolling out slowly, and similar to the previous release, Microsoft is expected to use AI to deliver the Windows 10 October 2018 Update more reliably. This only means that not every device will be updated at the same time. Compatible devices will get it first, and then after the update has been proven to be more stable, Microsoft will make it available to other devices.
Get Window 10 October 2018 Update Right now!
Microsoft will slowly ramp up the release via Windows Update starting next week, but there’s no guarantee when you will get it. If you don’t want to wait, you can get it by forcing Windows to update right now. Or you can use the Official Media Creation Tool, Windows 10 update assistant, or ISOs to download and install Windows 10 October 2018 Update now.
According to the company, beginning October 2, 2018, the new version is available as a manual download using the Media Creation Tool, Update Assistant or clicking the Check for Updates button in the Windows Update settings.
Starting October 9, 2018, the feature update will be Automatically available through Windows Update for a select number of devices. This means that if your device is compatible, you’ll soon get a desktop notification confirming that the update is ready. You are then able to pick a time that won’t disrupt you to finish the installation and reboot.
Use Windows Update to install October 2018 Update
While it’s recommended to wait until you receive a notification automatically indicating that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is ready for your computer. you can always use Windows Update to force the installation of version 1809, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Click on Windows Update.
- Click the Check for updates button.
- The update will be automatically downloaded.
- Once the update is downloaded, you will need to restart your device.
- You can choose to restart it instantly or schedule a later time.
- After completing the process this will advance your Windows build number to 17763.
- To check this press Windows + R, type winver, and ok.
Use Update Assistant to install October 2018 Update
If you do not want to wait for the update to become available, you can use the Windows 10 Update Assistant to get it now! Once downloaded, you can run it to begin the installation of the October 2018 update version 1809 update.
- When you click update now assistant will perform basic checks on your PC hardware and configuration.
- And start the download process after 10 seconds, assuming everything looks good.
- After verifying the download, the assistant will start preparing the update process automatically.
- The assistant will automatically restart your computer after a 30-minute countdown (the actual installation can take up to 90 minutes). Click the “Restart now” button at the bottom right to start it immediately or the “Restart later” link at the bottom left to delay it.
- After your computer restarts (a few times), Windows 10 will go through the final steps to finish installing the update.
Use Media Creation Tool to install October 2018 Update:
Also Microsoft released Media Creation Tool to help you download and install Windows 10 version 1809 updates manually. You can also use it to clean install feature updates.
For those unfamiliar with this tool, the Media Creation Tool can be used to upgrade an existing Windows 10 install or to make a bootable USB drive or an ISO file, which can be used to create a bootable DVD, that you can use to upgrade a different computer.
- Download the Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft support website.
- Double-click the file to start the process.
- Accept the license agreement
- And be patient while the tool “gets things ready”.
- Once the installer has set up, you will be asked to either Upgrade this PC now or Create installation media for another PC.
- Select Upgrade this PC now option.
- And follow on-screen instructions
The Windows 10 Download and installation process could take a while, so please be patient. Eventually, you will get to a screen prompting you for information or to reboot the computer. Just follow the on-screen instructions and when it’s finished, the windows 10 version 1809 will be installed on your computer.
Use ISO images to install October 2018 Update
Also, you can download official ISO images for Windows 10 October 2018 update version 1809 to manually upgrade or perform the clean installation.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update ISO 64-bit
- Filename: Win10_1809_English_x64.iso
- Download: Click here to download this ISO file Size: 4.46 GB
Windows 10 October 2018 Update ISO 32-bit
- Filename: Win10_1809_English_x32.iso
- Download: Click here to download this ISO file Size: 3.25 GB
First Backup All important Data and files to an external Device Drive. Download the Official Windows ISO file 32 bit or 64 bit as per your system processor support. Also, disable Any Security software such as Antivirus / Anti-malware applications if installed.
- Open the ISO file by double-clicking on it. (You will have to use software like WinRAR to open/extract the ISO file on Windows 7.)
- Double click setup.
- Get important updates: Select Download and install updates and click Next. You can also skip this by selecting Not right now and get the Cumulative Update later in step 10 below.
- Checking your PC. This will take some time. If it asks for Product Key in this step, that means your current Windows is not activated.
- Applicable notices and license terms: Click Accept.
- Making sure you’re ready to install: This might take a bit longer. Just be patient and wait.
- Choose what to keep: Select Keep personal files and apps and click Next If it is already selected by default, just click Next.
- <>Ready to install: Click Install.
- Installing Windows 10. Your PC will restart several times. This might take a while.
- After Windows 10 is installed, open Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click on Check for updates. Install all the updates. This includes updates for Windows 10 and drivers.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update Features
There’s the new Your Phone app, which is an update of the “your Phone” setting that lets you link your handset to Windows. The new App connects your Windows 10 computer to your Android handset and lets you view your most recent mobile photos and text messages, copy and paste directly from the phone to applications on the desktop, and text through the PC.
Timeline is now available for Android and iOS. It was first rolled out only for PC with the April 2018 update. This app lets users access their Microsoft Office data on their phones. The timeline can be accessed through Microsoft Launcher for word docs, excel sheets, and more being worked on the PC. Users can continue the same work on their phones too.
There’s the updated Dark app mode, which extends a dark mode coloring to File Manager and other system screens. Also, include a new cloud-powered clipboard that will allow Windows 10 users to copy content across machines, and store a history of copied content in the cloud. It’s particularly useful if you use a desktop PC at home or work, and then a laptop on the go.
PowerPoint and Word get AI-based 3D inking feature. Users can 3D ink their designs on PowerPoint and the AI will work on it for a cleaner and better format. You can essentially scribble your ideas and the AI will do the finishing work for you. PowerPoint Designer has also been updated to recommend slide designs based on handwritten ink. It can also suggest designs even for a simple text.
Windows Mixed Reality hardware gets a flashlight that can be used in the physical environment. Quick Actions lets users launch tolls like photos, videos, and also view the time while using the MXR. The new update also brings audio playback from both the headset and PC speakers.
The search tool is also getting an upgrade, in that users will now automatically get a preview of all results in search, including documents, emails, and files. The Home screen also now saves your most recent activity, so you can “Pick Up Where You Left Off.”
There’s an updated screen snipping tool (Snip & Search) based on the already built-in Win+Shift+S command from Windows 10, but you can customize where the clips go and what you do with them.
Another exciting feature includes this update, the ability to increase text size across the system. This new setting lives under the Display settings and is called, creatively, “Make text bigger.”
Also few smaller changes you might notice, like the renaming of Windows Defender to Windows Security and a handful of new emojis.
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