Windows 10 next major update codenamed Redstone 5 update, after being in development for past 10 months, starting today it is being rolled out as Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version 1809. Although, the full public release is expected after October 9th, but you can get the update today by manually checking for Windows updates. Fear not, the guide to get Windows 10 October 2018 update is covered below.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update is six major update since Windows 10 release and was first seeded as preview build back in February 2018.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version 1809
1. How to Get Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Manually Checking Update
This is by far the best way to get Windows 10 October 2018 update is using Windows Update. All you need to do is,
- Search Windows Update Setting at Cortana Search
- Click on the result and start Windows Update
- Under Windows Update, click on Check for Update
Let Windows Update gather all the available update which will also include Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
In case if you don’t see, you will need to finish pending update first and then again try to check for updates. Or follow the second method to get the Windows 10 October 2018 update.
Here is the guide to fix October 1809 update is stuck at downloading.
Windows Update Assistance Tool
This tool is the best way in case if you don’t see October 2018 update in your Windows Update list. Simply go to the following URL and click on Update Now button below “Windows 10 October 2018 Update now Available”.
Once you download Update Assistance, open and run Windows10Upgrade.exe that you downloaded and you will see a prompt for Update to latest version of Windows 10, in that you can also see what version of Windows 10 you are running and whats the latest version available now.
Media Creation Tool
Unlike back in Windows 7 days, you couldn’t get an easy way to install Windows 7 without bootable DVD and you had to hack around to get bootable USB using third party tools. Not any more. Microsoft now offers a handy tool, Media Creation Tool aka MCT, by which not only you can download Windows 10 ISO or make bootable installation media but you can also get the latest available updates, including October 1809 Update.
There is a wrapper .bat available for MCT, with which you can get older Windows 10 builds in case you are not comfortable with the latest Windows 10 update release.
2. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Video Guide
3. What’s New in Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Since Microsoft has done away with major service pack releases, instead they are focusing on quarterly updates for bug fixes and major updates are pushed twice in a year. The October 2018 update is the second major update of this year which also means there won’t any major release until next year. Windows 10 October 2018 update comes with many new features, some are major while rest are app specific like Microsoft Photos app and Your Phone app which you may not notice until you use it. Below is the short list of Windows 10 October 2018 Update New features.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update now offers dark mode throughout the Windows 10, including apps and not just file explorer.
- Simply go to Start Menu and Open Settings by clicking on Cog wheel icon.
- Under Windows Settings, open Personalization and then access Colors,
- In colours Scroll the right navigation pane, and locate Choose your default app mode.
- Check Dark radio button to enjoy the new dark mode of October 2018 update.
- Cloud Clipboard
Cloud Clipboard adds the ability to sync clipboard content across the devices as well as you can view your clipboard history.
Microsoft Your Phone App received major features compared to other apps, now you can transfer photos from your Android device or read the web pages of iOS devices where you left on your Windows 10.
- Snip and Sketch
The best and fastest way to take the screenshot on Windows 10 henceforth is the thanks to October 2018 update which includes the screen to snip. Press Windows + Shift + S key and select the region on your screen that you want to capture and it will be clipped to your clipboard.
- Windows Subsystem for Linux
Windows Subsystem for Linux is designed to help you port your favourite Linux flavour, this is particularly helpful for those who don’t want to setup a dedicated system for their Linux distro
- Windows Security Center
With October 2018 update for Windows 10, Windows Defender Security has been renamed as Windows Security and offers new feature such as ransomware protection.
4. Windows 10 October 2018 ISO Download Link
You can grab Windows 10 October 2018 ISO file using Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Simply visit this link and download Windows 10 Create Installation Media. When you run the Media Creation Tool, it will check for latest available Windows 10 build and let you to create bootable disk/drive or save it as ISO file which you can later use to update/upgrade your PC.
Update 6th October 2018: Microsoft has pulled the October 2018 update from its website as well as from Windows Update list. The reason behind this is the bug, where user files are deleted when you install October 2018 update. The fixed version of October 2018 update will be made available really soon. In case you still want to download Windows 10 October 2018 Update 1809 then head over to the following link,
From here you can download the Windows 10 Version 1809 ISO file.