Windows 10 free upgrade

How to jump Windows 10 upgrade queue

Windows 10 is out! On the 29th July 2015 Microsoft started the roll out of the much anticipated Windows 10 upgrade. This upgrade is free for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users for the first year. At HasleNet we have been testing the pre-lease versions of Windows 10 for several months and have found it to be, by some way, the best desktop operating system that Microsoft (and dare we say ‘anyone’)has ever release.

The Windows 10 upgrade is the biggest software roll-out in history so Microsoft is releasing it in waves and you need to reserve your upgrade in order to get into the queue. If you haven’t already done so, you can find out how to do it here.

So you have reserved your free windows 10 upgrade! According to Microsoft it could take several weeks for it to be made available to you as they work through the queue. If, like us, you are a little impatient and want to upgrade now, we have found an easy way for forcing the upgrade and jumping the queue. Of course, any major operating system upgrade carries inherent risks so please ensure that you have a good backup of your existing system before proceeding. We have upgraded several computers already using this method but remember too that this is not Microsoft’s supported upgrade method so you do it at your own risk.

Forcing your Windows 10 upgrade to happen immediately

Check compatibility

Windows 10 Upgrade Icon

Windows 10 Upgrade Icon

Firstly, you need to check that your system is compatible with Windows 10.You can do so by double-clicking on the Windows 10 upgrade icon that appears in the system tray after you have reserved your upgrade.

A windows titles “Get Windows 10” will appear informing you that your upgrade has been reserved. Click on the ‘hamburger’ icon in the top-left corner.

Windows 10 Reserved

Then click on the “Check my PC” link

Windows 10 - check my PC

Make sure that you are good to go before upgrading

Windows 10 compatible

Let’s make it happen ūüôā

*You will need to logged on as an administrator to carry out this procedure*

Delete DownloadsOpen up an explorer window and navigate to¬†:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.¬†Select all the content in this folder and delete it. A popup window will appear asking you to provide¬†administrator permission, tick the “Do this for all current items” checkbox and then click OK.

Next,¬†download the Microsoft “Rest Windows update components” tool by opening this URL in your web browser, scrolling down to the¬†Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7 section and clicking the Run Now¬†link. Once the tool has downloaded, run it by clicking on the Open button.

Reset Windows Update Components

Once the Reset Windows update components tool has opened, click Next and allow the tools to run – this will take several minute. Once it has completed, click Close.

Windows Update Checker

Next, open a command prompt as Administrator:

Windows 8: right-click the start button then select Command Prompt (Admin)

Windows 7: click start then type cmd into the “Search for programs and file” input box. Right click cmd.exe when it appears and select “Run as Administrator”

In the command prompt window type wuauclt.exe /updatenow but do not press enter yet and leave the command prompt window open.

Now go to Windows Update by opening the control panel, typing “update” into the search box and then clicking on Windows Update

Control Panel Windows Update

In the Windows Update window, you should now see “Most recent check for updates: Never” and “Updates were installed: Never”. Click Check for updates

Check For Updates

As soon as the Windows Update status changes to “checking for Updates”, switch back to the cammand prompt window that you opened earlier and press enter to execute the wuauclt.exe /updatenow¬†command.

Checking Updates

Give the update checker time to complete and then you should see Windows 10 start to download. On a couple of occasions we have needed to exit Windows Update, restart it and check for updates again before Windows 10 starts downloading.


Thats it! once Windows 10 has downloaded you can choose to install it immediately or postpone it until later. How long it will take to install will depend on the specification of your computer and what you have installed on it. we have found that it typically takes 1-2 hours for a mid-range computer.

Enjoy and give us a call if you need any advise.


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