If you’ve reserved a copy of Windows 10 but haven’t gotten the upgrade prompt yet, here’s a secret: you can skip the line and upgrade right now.
If you’re just looking to upgrade your computer — not do a clean install — you don’t need to wait for your spot in line. Just follow these steps:
- Back up all your data first! As with any upgrade, we recommend backing up before continuing.
- Once you’re ready to upgrade, head to this page and download Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool. Launch it when it finishes downloading.
- Select the “Upgrade This PC” option and click Next.
- Let the Creation Tool run through its process. It should do almost everything automatically from here on out.
After a few minutes, your computer will reboot and run the upgrade. When it finishes, you should find that Windows 10 is installed and, if you head to Settings > About, it shows as fully activated. Sweet!
Note: We’ve only tested this with a computer that had a copy reserved; we don’t expect it would work if you haven’t reserved a copy of Windows 10 for the computer you’re upgrading. And, like we said before, this likely won’t work for clean installations — only upgrades. Good luck!