How to force update Windows 10

When Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 feature updates, they do it in phases. It means that they are not available to everyone right away. While it is possible to force update Windows 10, you should understand a few things. The rollout depends on many criteria depending on how many devices were successfully tested, driver compatibility confirmation from OEM, and hardware requirement.

There are two possibilities. One that your computer is eligible, and there is only a delay of one or two days or maybe a few hours. Secondly, there is an issue. However, since you have made up your mind to update now, let’s find out how to force update.

How to force update Windows 10

Force Windows Update on Windows 10

Before doing this, make sure you create a system restore point. If there is a problem, you can always rollback to the earlier version.

Next, clear the Software distribution folder which is available at C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. It is best that you rename it to something else.

Now, open Command Prompt with administrator privileges. We will use wuauclt.exe. This is the Windows Update Auto Update Client and it allows you control over the functioning of the Windows Update Agent.

Type the following command and hit Enter:

wuauclt.exe /updatenow

This command will force Windows Update to check for updates, and start downloading.

Now when you go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update, you should see that Windows Update has automatically triggered checking for a new update. This will help you get through the waiting list, and the download should start anytime.

That said, here is a small risk. There is a reason why Microsoft doesn’t let everyone download Windows 10 Update on demand. Sometimes the update is only available for computers which have not been reported for any issue. Sometimes, there are specific driver issues. When you either follow this method or keep hitting the download button manually, it can even roll out beta updates for your computer. So stay warned if you are going to force update Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.