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How to perform a Windows (anniversary) update without sufficient storage space

By Jesper — August 12th, 2016

Windows is frequently updating its operating systems with the latest security and compatibility fixes. Usually you won’t even notice that Windows is updating your PC, since Windows waits until you shut down your PC to perform the updates. However, every once in a while Windows releases a bigger update. The so called ‘’Anniversary updates’’ are important and larger updates than usual. We recommend everyone to install these updates when Windows releases them. Both the regular and the Anniversary updates can be found in the Windows Update section in your Windows Configuration center.

Microsoft really wants you to install any updates as quickly as possible and we totally agree with them. That’s why Windows 10 is pre-configured with the option ‘’Download Windows updates automatically’’. It’s a great feature since you won’t have to even think about checking the Windows Update center yourself. However, downloading and installing Windows Updates require some and sometimes even a lot of free storage space. What if you do not have sufficient free storage space available? How to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 then? We have the solution.

How to update my Ockel PC to the latest version of Windows 10?

Please make sure to back-up all files on your PC before beginning with the update process.

Microsoft releases its Windows update both through the Windows Update portal on your machine as well as on the company website. Microsoft also released a tool to manually update your PC. With the Media Creation Tool you’ll be able to install any Windows update, even if you haven’t got sufficient storage space.

Please make sure to back-up all files on your PC before beginning with the update process.

Step 1. Open up your favorite browser (we recommend you to use Internet Explorer 10+)
Step 2. Type in the following URL: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

Windows Media Creation Tool download

Step 3. Scroll down until you notice the title: ‘Looking to install Windows 10 on your PC?’
Step 4. Click on the blue button ‘Download Tool now’’
Step 5. Your download will automatically begin
Step 6. When the download is finished, please open up the .exe or choose to ‘run’ the downloaded file
Step 7. When the initialing process is finished select the option to ‘Upgrade this PC now’ and click ‘Next’

Windows 10 Upgrade selection

Step 8. Windows will now begin to download all necessary files and immediately start the installation of the latest version of Windows 10. The download and installation may take up to 3 hours to complete depending on your broadband speed. Do not shut down your PC during the installation process.

Please note that while Windows is downloading the update you’ll be able to use your PC. Once the installation begins your PC will reboot a couple of times. Make sure to save all files before starting the update process.

Once the installation is finished your PC will reboot and is updated to the latest Windows 10 build.

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