How to forcibly download Windows 10?

Windows 10 is probably one of the most anticipated releases of Windows ever. Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 as a free upgrade to users who reserved it on their Windows 7/8.1 machines. Interestingly, instead of immediately updating, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 in batches. By now most of your would’ve upgraded to Windows 10 (I know, I have). For those of you who weren’t lucky enough and are still waiting in the queue to get the update, you can try the following to upgrade your Windows 7/8.1 machines ahead of time. Let’s get started, shall we?

Note: Please do read the complete steps at least once before performing them.

Step 1:

Before we can start upgrading to Windows 10, let’s give our Windows update a clean state. Navigate to “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\” in your explorer and rename the “Download” folder to “Download.old”. You could delete the folder as well, it’s totally up to you.

How to forcibly download Windows 10?

Step 2:

Goto your desktop by pressing Win + D keys. Then press Win + X to open a context menu in the bottom left corner of your screen. From here select Command Prompt (Admin).

How to forcibly download Windows 10?

Step 3:

In the console window which just opened, type the following but DO NOT PRESS ENTER.

wuauclt.exe /updatenow

How to forcibly download Windows 10?
Step 4:

Now press Win + W to open the Windows search panel. In here, search for “Windows update” and open it up. Once it opens up, get ready for some rapid switching. Press the “check for updates” options in the left sidebar.

How to forcibly download Windows 10?

Quickly switch to command prompt (which you opened earlier) and press enter to execute that command which we typed in earlier.

How to forcibly download Windows 10?

Step 5:

Sit back and relax while Windows update is downloading your Windows 10 upgrade, which is approx. ~2.7GB in size. You’ll be notified once it’s ready. Don’t forget to tell us your upgrade experience in the comments below.


I am a technology enthusiast who has been writing tech blogs for few years now. I come from a Computer Sciences background & have been developing webs, web apps & smartphone apps from a long time. I also develop for White Rabbit & can be reached at haseebahmed (at) rabbit-white (dot) com.