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How To Check If Fall Creators Update Is Available

October 17, 2017 is here and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is rolling out. It will roll out in phases and users who are on newer systems, particularly those that came with Windows 10 originally, will get the update first. There shouldn’t be too much wait for other users. Generally, it should be available for everyone within a month unless you disable updates. You can keep checking if the update is available or you can use a script to check if the Fall Creators Update is available for your system.

Open PowerShell with administrative rights and paste the following. Don’t close the PowerShell window. This script will check every 10 seconds for the update. It’s been written by Reddit  user f137d963e8ac10cbcc85.

Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Windows.Forms

$OriginalETag = (Invoke-WebRequest -Method Head http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209).Headers.Etag

while ($true) {
$ETag = (Invoke-WebRequest -Method Head http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209).Headers.ETag

if ($ETag -eq $OriginalETag) {Start-Sleep 10}

else{
Invoke-WebRequest "http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209" -OutFile "$env:TEMP\mct.exe"
[console]::beep(900,400)
[console]::beep(1000,400)
[console]::beep(800,400)
[console]::beep(400,400)
[console]::beep(600,1600) 
[System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox]::Show("Update now by launching $env:TEMP\mct.exe !","Fall Creators Update released!",0)
exit
}

}

Caveat

This script will consume bandwidth but not a lot. If you close the PowerShell window, the script will not continue to run in the background. To use this script, you must have Internet Explorer 11 installed on your system and you must have launched it at least  once. If you haven’t, the script will generate an error. It has no output if the update isn’t available. If it is available, it starts to download the Media Creation Tool. You can close the PowerShell window at this point and check for updates in the Settings app. It  will detect and download the Fall Creators Update.

Getting Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

If you can’t wait for the Fall Creators Update, you can always force the update. That is always an option and it’s usually a safe one so long as you know you’ve got the correct version. Microsoft makes the ISO available shortly after the release of an update. Wait a week and then download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s official website.

Alternatively, visit the Windows 10 download page and click Update Now.

Before You Upgrade

If you have an Nvidia GPU, make sure your chip is ready for the update. Check the manufacturer’s website. Users experienced problems with Nvidia GPUs when updating to the Creators Update in April this year. Additionally, if you have any apps installed to mod the UI, remove them. Regardless how small the app is, it’s best  to uninstall it, or to disable it before you initiate the update. These apps were also responsible for failed updates with the Creators Update. Anything from Rainmeter skins to Start Menu modifying apps should be removed.