[Fix] Windows 10 Anniversary or November Update Not Showing on Your Computer
UPDATE: This tutorial will also work if you are not getting the recently released Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 14393 (Version 1607).
Recently we told you about the big November update (previously referred as Threshold 2 or Fall update) released for Windows 10. This new update is huge and installs the latest Windows 10 build 10586 in your Windows 10 computer which also increases the OS version number to 1511. This update is very important and brings many new features, fixes and improvements to Windows 10. You should definitely upgrade your OS to this new update if applicable.
But a few readers have reported that they can't get this new November update in their Windows 10 computer. Whenever they check for new updates using "Start Menu -> Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates", it shows "Your device is up to date" and no new updates become available to download or install.
If you are also facing this problem and Windows 10 November update is not showing in your computer, this tutorial will help you in installing the update.
There might be several reasons behind non-availability of Windows 10 November update:
Since Windows 10 November update was released by Microsoft yesterday i.e. on November 12, 2015, it might take some time in appearing in all regions. So if its not appearing in your location, wait for a few hours or one or two days and it'll become available for you.
Microsoft has made it clear in the official FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page of November update that the update will not appear in your Windows 10 computer if it's been less than 31 days since you upgraded to Windows 10. In other words, if you recently upgraded your Windows 7/8/8.1 computer to Windows 10 RTM and less than 31 days have passed, you won't be able to get November update from Windows Update.
This has been done for safety purposes and as a precaution because when you upgrade to Windows 10, it automatically creates a backup image of previous OS on your hard disk which remains stored on your hard disk for 31 days so that you can restore to previous OS if you don't like Windows 10. By not allowing November update on Windows 10 installations which are less than 31 days old, Microsoft is actually trying to help users in going back to their previous version of Windows if they want. Because if they allowed the November update, it would have automatically deleted the backup files and you would never be able to go back to previous OS.
Don't worry! Once 31 days pass, your PC will automatically download the November update.
Microsoft has also mentioned on FAQ page that if you have enabled "Defer upgrades" option in Windows Updates settings, it'll also prevent November update from appearing on your computer. So if that's the case, just disable the option in Windows Updates advanced options page.
The best solution would be to wait for some time and November update will become available on your computer automatically.
But if you don't want to wait and want to immediately download and install November update in your Windows 10 computer, check out following solutions:
If you enabled "Defer upgrades" option in Windows Updates settings, disable it first.
1. Open Settings app from Start Menu and go to "Update & security -> Windows Update".
2. Now click on "Advanced options" link.
3. Now uncheck "Defer upgrades" option and check for new updates again and November update should now show up in your computer.
If you recently upgraded to Windows 10 and 31 days have not passed yet and you immediately want to install the new November update, then you can first restore your previous Windows version and then upgrade it again to Windows 10. Now it'll directly upgrade to Windows 10 November Update build 10586.
If you don't want to go back to previous OS, you can also try to run Disk Cleanup tool and remove the "Previous Windows Installation" files as mentioned in the BONUS TIP given in STEP 1 of following tutorial:
After deleting the files, run Windows Update again and it should start downloading the November update in your computer.
If you want to perform clean installation of Windows 10 build 10586 which we also recommend, you can download offline ISO files of Windows 10 from following topic:
Now you can create bootable USB drive or DVD and then do a fresh install of Windows 10 in your computer. It'll install the latest Windows 10 build 10586 (November Update included) in your computer.
NOTE: You can also directly upgrade existing Windows version to Windows 10 November Update using the ISO file. Just run the setup.exe file present in Windows 10 setup and select upgrade option.
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