Windows 10 April 2018 update is now rolling out to all users. Microsoft has included a number of major new features in this release including a new Timeline view, Fluent design updates in the OS, fixes for blurry apps on high-DPI displays, quick Bluetooth pairing and much more. The update is gradually rolling out now to all users. If you have not received the update, there are multiple ways to upgrade your PC to the latest Windows release.
Microsoft decided to call this the April 2018 update, however, it will be great if Microsoft switches to a proper version number for Windows 10. Windows 10.1, 10.2 etc will be easier to remember than names like Creators Update, Anniversary Update or build number like 1803.
Windows 10 Update 1803 – New Features
I am working on a separate piece to cover the new and interesting features in Windows 10 in detail. For now, here’s a list of the new highlight features and updates in this release:
- Focus Assist
- Nearby Sharing
- Updates to Microsoft Edge (tab mute, autofill, fluent design updates and more)
- Windows Ink updates
- Cortana updates
- Game bar updates
- Dictation updates
- Bandwidth limits for foreground Windows updates
There are a lot more granular updates apart from the above and I intend to do an in-depth review over the next few days.
Download from Windows Update
The easiest way to update to the new version is open up Windows Update from Settings. It should show Feature update to Windows 10, version 1803 as an update. If it shows up for you, let it download and complete installation.
If you do not see the update, check in Advanced options whether you enabled defer upgrades feature. Disabling this feature will allow the new update to show up.
Download Windows 10 April 2018 ISO
The latest Window 10 ISO can be downloaded from this link. Select the edition from the dropdown, select the language and confirm to start downloading the ISO file. Once the ISO is downloaded, you would need to use a tool to create a bootable USB drive which can be used to clean install on any PC. If you just need to upgrade your PC, you can mount the ISO in Windows 10 by double clicking the file, and run setup to upgrade.
Download Update Assistant
If somehow, you do not see new feature update in Windows Update, an alternate solution is to use the Update Assistant. This is available from Microsoft’s Software Download website from where you can download Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
The Update Assistant will check your PC for compatibility with the latest Windows 10 version. Once confirmed, it will download the setup files fro Microsoft’s servers and perform the upgrade process. This method will preserve all your files and settings and simply bring your PC up to date to the latest Windows 10 version.
If you are an advanced user, you can download the installation media creation tool from Microsoft. This tool lets you upgrade your PC to the latest Windows version or create installation media, whether it’s a USB flash drive, DVD or an ISO file. It’s a better way to create a USB flash drive as you do not have to use another tool. This tool will download the ISO file and create the USB flash drive, all from one interface.
Related: Fix common issues with Windows 10 April 2018 release.