Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant
The Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant app is a standalone application that can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website. It performs two tasks: it checks for compatibility concerns and downloads and installs the latest version of Windows 10. If you don’t want to wait for the update to appear in Windows Updates, you may usually use the Upgrade Assistant to force the update.
In order to download the newest version of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant must connect to Microsoft’s servers. As a result, issues may arise during the download and installation procedure.
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Fix Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant errors
Try the following first if you’re experiencing difficulties running the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant app.
- Close the app. Restart your computer and try running the software again.
- Delete the app and reinstall it.
- Make sure your Windows drive has at least 20GB of free space.
- Check to see if your system is ready for an upgrade.
- Upgrade after a day or two. Microsoft’s servers may be overburdened as a result of too many individuals attempting to upgrade at the same time.
If you’re still having trouble running the app or it’s freezing in the middle of it, try the workarounds below.
Resolve compatibility issues
The Upgrade Assistant does a compatibility check on your machine. Remove any hardware that will no longer receive driver updates, as well as any old drivers or software that may conflict with or prevent the upgrade.
If you can’t overcome compatibility concerns, such as legacy hardware, you can use the media creation tool to compel the upgrade.
Compatibility concerns will effectively prevent the update from taking place.
Use the Media Creation tool
The Media Creation tool can be used to upgrade to the next version of Windows 10 without running a compatibility check.
- Download the Media Creation Tool (make sure it has been updated for the next release).
- Run the tool and select your current Windows 10 edition e.g. Home 64-bit.
- Burn the ISO to a USB.
- Once the USB has been created, open it and run the Setup.exe file inside it.
- Windows 10 will perform an in-place upgrade.
Wait for the update
If the Upgrade Assistant tool isn’t working for you and the Media Creation tool hasn’t been updated, you can wait for the update to come through Windows Update. A month is usually the time it takes for an update to reach all users, so the wait isn’t too long.
The Windows 10 Update Assistant was designed to help consumers move from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The software hasn’t been retired, but it’s no longer necessary because the Media Creation Tool does the job just as well.