How to download Windows 10 version 21H1
Microsoft released a new version of its Windows 10 operating system earlier this month. Windows 10 version 21H1 is a small update, similar in scope and size to Windows 10 version 1909 and Windows 10 version 20H2.
While it installs as a regular cumulative update for Windows 10 if installed on devices running Windows 10 versions 2004 or 20H2, it is not available to all customers and their devices at the same time. Like other previous updates, it is first deployed to a selection of devices that are most likely to have no issues while installing the update. Microsoft has also reserved the update on Windows Update for devices running versions 2004 or 20H2 of Windows 10.
Some devices on which these versions are installed may not see the update offered through Windows Update; this can be caused by Known issues affecting the device or other factors. The fact that the update is not offered through Windows Update does not mean that it cannot be applied by other methods, as you will see in the following paragraphs.
advice: To find out which version of Windows 10 is installed on a device, open the Start menu, type winver and press the Enter key. You can compare the output to the list of Windows 10 versions that we maintain here.
Download Windows 10 version 21H1
The easiest option is to go to Start> Settings> Update & Security and select the “Check for updates” button to see if the update is offered through Windows Update. The text “Feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1 is displayed in this case.” Then, after making sure that you have a backup of your important data, select “download and install” to start the installation process.
If the update is not yet offered, you can try the following options to download and install Windows 10 version 21H1.
Option 1: the update wizard
Open your favorite web browser and load the linked address. The page displays the latest Windows 10 update and an “Update Now” button. Activate the button to download a file that will initiate the update to Windows 10 version 21H1 when you run it on the system.
Select “update now” on the first screen to start the process. Windows 10 Update Assistant checks hardware settings, such as storage, to make sure the upgrade can be downloaded and installed, before the download starts automatically.
Simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process of downloading Windows 10 version 21H1 and installing it on the device.
Create Windows 10 21H1 installation media or Windows 10 21H1 ISO
The second official option you have is to use the media creation tool, which you find listed on this Microsoft site, to download an ISO image of the new version of Windows 10, or to create bootable media directly using the tool.
Just download the latest version and run it when the download is complete. Accept the conditions and make your choice on the following page:
- Upgrade This PC Now – This downloads and installs the upgrade on the PC where the Media Creation Tool is running.
- Create installation media – To download an ISO file or to save installation files to a USB stick or DVD).
Select Create installation media to get the ISO image or create a bootable drive or disc. You can customize the language, edition and architecture on the next page; the defaults are based on the PC on which the program is run.
Select the ISO file to download the update and store it on the device, or choose a connected USB flash drive with at least 8 gigabytes of storage space to immediately create installation media.
Both processes take some time because gigabytes of data must first be downloaded from Microsoft.
Now you: Do you immediately install feature updates?