The latest iteration of Windows 10 is almost upon us.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is set for release on October 17, bringing with it a number of new and updated features. We’ve had a sneak peek at many of these already, such as Windows Timeline, copy and paste anywhere, even greater privacy – see them all by clicking here.

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Alternatively, you can experience them for yourself today, ahead of everyone else, on your own PC, by installing the Fall Creators Update. Here’s how...

How to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update

The trick to getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update early is through the Windows Insider program.

It’s free and allows anyone with a supported PC to test the very latest version of Windows 10.

Be warned though – as these are test versions they are not 100% complete and may have some bugs, even when the official release is imminent. As such, it might not be ideal to install it on an essential PC which you need to run smoothly. If you have a spare PC, it would be better to test the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on that machine instead.

How do I join the Windows Insider program to get the latest version of Windows 10?

You can follow the simple steps to joining the Windows Insider program by following our guide here.

Alternatively, you can download the ISO file from Microsoft’s website. This is the solution to choose if you want to install it from a blank DVD or USB.

You’ll need to sign up first via this page – click Get started and sign in using your Microsoft account.

You can then go ahead with the download on the Windows Insider Preview Downloads page.

Go to the bottom of the page where it says ‘Select edition’ and choose Windows 10 Insider Preview -Build 16296, followed by Confirm.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

You’ll then need to install it using the method found on this guide, from step 4 onwards.

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