Windows 10 Creators edition (version 1703) is the latest major update for Windows 10 from Microsoft. In this article, I will show you how to create Windows 10 Creators Edition installation media to upgrade many computers without downloading it each time. Furthermore, you can perform a clean install using the installation media.
Although the process is painless, note that each major Windows 10 update comes with a new set of issues and Windows 10 Creators Edition is by no means different.
Before Upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Edition
As mentioned earlier, Windows 10 Creators Edition has its own set of problems. Hence, If you are not ready for them, do not continue. Furthermore, you can Defer Feature Updates in Windows 10 Update Settings to delay updating to the Windows 10 Creators Edition for several months. Make 100% sure you want to upgrade before continuing.
Make sure you have efficient disk space before installing Creators Edition. For this you can use he build in Windows Disk Cleanup utility. Also, remove Old Windows Installation files if you have any to free up even more space.
Furthermore; backup your important documents, update installed software and disable your Antivirus just to be safe. Also, if you do the upgrade on a laptop; make sure the battery is fully charged and keep it on the mains throughout the entire upgrade process.
Create the Windows 10 Creators Edition Installation Media
Finally, you are ready to start; firstly, download the Media Creation Tool here (17.5MB) On the page that opens, scroll down until you see the ‘Download tool now‘ button. Click on that and it should start downloading.
When the download finished, double-click on the MediaCreationTool.exe file to start. On the Windows 10 Setup windows, agree to the terms to continue.
Select Create Installation media on the next screen.
Select your prefered language, Windows Edition and Architecture.
On the next screen, select USB flash drive.
Select the USB flash drive.
Finally, Windows 10 Creators Edition will start downloading. The download can take hours, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
When the download is complete, the installation media will be created.
Installing Windows 10 Creators Edition
On the Windows 10 PC you want to upgrade, insert and open the installation USB, double-click on the setup.exe file.
Now, it will start preparing for the Windows 10 Creators Edition installation process.
If the computer you are installing it on has an internet connection, choose Download and install updates on the first screen.
On the next screen, press Accept to agree to the terms and continue.
Now, it will check for updates and make sure you are ready to install Windows 10 Creators Edition.
Press the Install button on the final screen to start installing Creators Edition.
Finally it will start the installation process. Now sit back and relax, because this can take a while.
For me the upgrade process was painless, but this is not always the case. Once you finished installing Windows 10 Creators Edition, you can check if it installed correctly using the Winver utility. To open Winver, right-click on the Start button, choose Run from the context menu. On the Run dialog box type in winver and press OK.
It should read Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.0). If it does, congratulations! Feel free leaving a comment describing your own update experience. So we can all learn from each other.