Windows 10 April 2018 Update: How to get the new operating system early

The new update to Windows 10 is set to launch any day soon, but why not get ahead of the crowd and give it a go today?

The latest iteration of Windows 10 is almost upon us.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update is set for release on Monday, April 30, 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, Sets and improvements to Cortana and Microsoft Edge – see them all by clicking here.

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How to download and install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

The trick to getting the Windows 10 April 2018 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 April 2018 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 REGISTER YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT under 'Register'.

Once you've logged in, visit this page.

Go to the bottom of the page where it says ‘Select edition’ and choose the highest Build number listed, followed by Confirm.

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

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