Windows 10 November Update (Version 1511) Available for Download

Finally the much awaited and the first major update for Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 10 is now available for download and install. Since a few months there were news that Microsoft is going to release a big update to Windows 10 in November. We also told you about it on our social networks pages.

Today Microsoft has released the big update to Windows 10 users which comes with lots of changes, improvements and UI enhancements. The update download size is about 3 GB.

This update was initially referred as Threshold 2 (or R2), Fall update, Fall refresh, Windows 10.1, Windows 10 version 1511, etc by many people and bloggers. But Microsoft has officially named it as Windows 10 November update, simple and easy to understand as always. You can also consider it as the first Service Pack (SP1) for Windows 10 although Microsoft is never going to label it as SP1 or never going to release any Service Pack for any Windows version in future as they have switched to the new Windows as a service mechanism.

If you are curious to know, this is the same Windows 10 build 10586 which was recently released to Windows Insiders group.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10586 Available for Download

What's New in Windows 10 November Update?

This November update brings many improvements which are mainly focused on performance, Cortana assistance and Microsoft Edge web browser. It also comes with fixes for several bugs and problems reported by Windows 10 users.

Along with these improvements following are some major changes and new features in this November update:

  • Option to get colored titlebars has been added in Settings app and now you can now get rid of White titlebars (Check this)
  • You can now show more tiles on Start Menu using new options in Settings app
  • New option to disable background image on Login Screen has been added in Settings app (Check this)
  • All classic options have been restored in Themes page in Personalization window
  • You can now set Windows Spotlight as Lock Screen background
  • You can now install modern apps in a different location other than C: drive using new option in Settings app
  • New activation mechanism which allows you to use Windows 7/8.1 product key to install and activate Windows 10 (Read more)
  • Addition of Skype messaging, calling and video capabilities
  • Many improvements to built-in modern apps
  • Cortana now works for local user accounts as well
  • Lots of UI changes such as modified context menus in Start, Taskbar and new icons (Check this)

Above are only a few major changes and new features present in this update. To read the full changelog, just check out the changes list mentioned in following exclusive topic:

Windows 10 November Update (Version 1511) Changelog

Also check out our exclusive review of Windows 10 November Update:

[Review] What's New in Windows 10 November Update

How to Download and Install Windows 10 November Update?

If you are already using Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10586, you need to do nothing. You are already using this new update.

If you are using Windows 10 RTM build 10240 which was released to public in July, just check for new updates in Windows Update and it'll automatically detect the new update and will install it for you. If you can't see the new update, wait for a few hours or a day and it'll become available in your region.

If you can't see November Update on Windows Update, check out following topic to fix the issue:

[Fix] Windows 10 November Update (Threshold 2) Not Showing on Your Computer

If you are using Windows 7/8/8.1, you can upgrade directly to Windows 10 November Update build using Windows 10 Media Creation Tool:

Download Windows 10 Offline ISO Files for Clean Install or Upgrade

You can also directly download full offline ISO files of Windows 10 November Update build using following topic:

[Tip] Get Direct Download Links of Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft

The ISO files and Media Creation Tool will also come handy for people who want to perform clean installation of Windows 10 November Update build.

PS: This update will increase the version number of Windows 10 from version 10.0 to version 1511 (i.e. November (11th month) update released in 2015). You can check the version number using winver command in RUN dialog box as mentioned here.

Also Check:

[Fix] Can't Select Windows 10 Pro Edition During Clean Installation


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  • Hi VG,

    How big is the size of the update file?


  • Still nothing here? Have the "defer updates" set to off, so that's not the problem. Only other option they offer is to do a full clean install. No thanks! So perhaps better off with things as they are, seem to work ok.

  • size, it's been plainly posted in 100 places - about 3GB

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

    About 3 GB as its a full ISO.

  • Thanks VG. Sadly, already been there and done that. None of their "solutions" had any effect. May I say your e-mail msgs and always of inerest in this house. rgds and best

  • ...and posts, that is. Believe you to be a most reliable fellow, hard worker also.

  • Hi.
    I have 2 laptops with windows 10, one 32 bit and another 64 bit.
    Is there any way to update both with a single download of november update?
    Saves 3 gb data.
    Thanks in advance

  • VG

    ^^ Windows 10 ISO comes with both editions:


  • where can i get md5 or sha1 checksum for the iso?

  • VG

    ^^ Following page might help you:

    The public and MSDN ISO files are same.

  • I am successfully download and installation of TH2 update from windows update, but after restart a notification has shown and says failed to update windows.
    When i tried second time from windows update it again start download from beginning 1%....
    please help me vishal, what wrong with this instalation.
    Thank you

  • It's true you can disable telemetry in Windows 10 Enterprise Threshold 2 if yes how?
    There is no option to set app usage to none in Privacy settings.

  • VG

    ^^ Did you check Settings -> Privacy -> Feedback and diagnostics?

    I'll advise you to download the ISO file directly and then upgrade existing version:

  • Yes i have set it to none,this will disable telemetry?

    Thanks for help.

  • I have set none only to Feedback frequency.
    Diagnostic and usage data has only basic,Enhanced and full
    No other option for Diagnostic and usage data

  • VG

    ^^ Check PART 2 -> Step 2 -> Feedback & diagnostics -> PS in following tutorial:

  • Unfortunately, after the update to Windows 10 Threshold 2 the Screen Recorder (Win+Alt-R, Win+G) function doesn't work any more !!!

  • Can I update win version from win 10 10240 to 1511 (th2) with help of the ISO file.

  • After I did the update I can't open any Windows Store app, including the Store itself. I can still open the Settings app so it's not an issue with the apps themselves.

    I followed your tutorial to reinstall the apps but they ended up even more broken. Had to do a System Restore to bring them back.

    I don't want to reset my system as I have a lot of applications I need for college assignments, and I don't want to undo the installation as I already wasted six hours (still have the Windows.old folder just in case).

  • VG

    ^^ Upgrading from an older build to a new build may cause serious problems sometimes and a clean install or reset option is the best fix for it. You can copy important files to a different drive and then reset Windows 10. It'll only modify C: partition.


  • Hi VG,
    I just download the update, but the size is different from the other. My ISO files is 3.67GB total. So I just use the clean install option and the installation only take 10GB. Is this normal? By the way, the ISO file doesn't have that KB3105211. It just show the build 10586 without the 3, so i just download the update from the windows update

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. The update is downloaded separately after installing build 10596 and then the build number is increased to 10586.3.

  • I have downloaded windows latest update build Threshold 2 manually but it asks for the key which is for windows 8.1 . so it is not accepting that key as a valid product key ! Please tell me what to do now ?

  • VG

    ^^ Have you installed and successfully activated Windows 10 RTM in your computer in past?

  • I have Windows 10 Home (Build 10240) and I do not see the Defer Updates option. I have checked for updates but nothing is available. Any suggestions?

  • Microsoft removed Windows 10 November Update from both Media Creation tool and Techbench and replaced it with the old 10240 RTM release. Now the only way to install this update is via Windows Update which is painful. I downloaded the ISO from their site to install the Updated version but I am awarded with the same old version -_- , and now I have to wait for another 30 days or more to get the Update. This is ridiculous! Please someone upload the original ISO file of november update... please :p

  • VG

    ^^ The ISO files are back now. Microsoft pulled the ISO due to a bug in saving Privacy Settings.

  • Wow what a relief! Thanks for the news :)

  • I have several PCs in my house that were running Win 7 Pro x64. All have been updated to Win 10 Pro x64 withing a couple of weeks of being available. My installation has been stuck at the initial build of the release on 2 PCs. On one of them I was able to get it installed as outlined on an stite that required issuing netstart and netstop commands from the command prompt - dealing with wuauserv, cryptsvc, bits, etc. This method failed for the remaining PC. The updates for the MS security download and install just fine and the November Update downloads - yet fails to install (with an error code that doesn't point to anything specific - I am not at that PC now - so I can't quote the code). I really do not want to roll back or fresh install but my frustration grows daily. Any ideas?


  • Is there any way to download this update in smaller chunks?

    I have daily data constraints being on a satellite connection, and 3+GB just cant be downloaded in 1 day for me. I tried downloading this in chunks during free zones (2am - 7am), but it took several days to do this, starting at 2am, shutting PC off before going to work, starting PC up again the next night 2am.. so on... when it finally finished.. I got the "Windows update failed to install" of course... I cant go through that process again... I figured this happened because I had to keep shutting off the PC before leaving for work to keep the update from draining my daily limit.

  • VG

    ^^ You can download the ISO file using a 3rd party download manager which will allow you to pause/resume the download. If the link expires after 24 hours, you can grab a new link and then open downloading file properties and replace old link with new download link. Then resume download and it'll start downloading again.

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