Windows 10
How to manually trigger Windows 10 download processReuters/Mike Segar

Microsoft has begun the roll-out of its new operating system - Windows 10 - which it calls "the best Windows ever." The OS offers innovations such as voice assistant Cortana, Continuum for universal apps across Windows devices, and Windows Hello facial recognition, to name a few.

If you have reserved the free upgrade on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 and are not able to see the update notification, there is an easy fix which you can employ to manually start the download process.

Before you go ahead with the download, ensure that Windows Update is set to download and install updates automatically:

  • Click the Start button and open Windows Update. In the search box, type Update then click Windows Update.
  • In the left pane, click Change settings.
  • Under Important updates, choose the options you wish to install.
  • Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates, then click OK.
  • When you see prompts for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or confirm the action.
  • Alternatively, you can also choose to install updates by selecting Allow all users to install updates on this computer.

When the automatic updates are enabled, launch Command Prompt as an Administrator, and perform the following steps:

  • Click Start -> All Programmes, then click Accessories.
  • Right-click Command prompt then click Run as administrator.
  • When the User Account Control dialogue box appears, confirm the action the click Continue.

Alternate method:

  • Click Start.
  • In the Start Search box, type cmd then press CTRL + Shift + Enter.
  • If the User Account Control dialogue box appears, confirm the action then click Continue.

Once you are presented with the Command Prompt, enter the following command:

  • Wuauclt.exe/updatenow

Performing the above will trigger the Windows 10 download.

Source: Windows Central