How to force Windows (7, 8.1) to download the Windows 10 update files

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Are you still seeing “OK, notify me when ready!” in your Windows Update app despite all your friends already getting the download? Here’s a solution to get you around that.

Files to delete are here: C:WindowsSoftwareDistributionDownload

Command prompt command: wuauclt.exe /updatenow


  1. I have a 10 yr old Dell PC running Windows 8.1 and was stuck for over 2 hours downloading Windows 10 and came across this video and I did exactly as the video shows and it worked without any problem.

  2. Hi I tried to update and I wasn't able to get windows 10 to load. I'm trying this from windows 7 with only half of the windows 7 updates installed. If you have to go back to install windows 7 from scratch it takes about 2 days to get to the windows 10 load. help Can I do a full drive mirror image of my drive after installing window 10?

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