Since Windows 10 was introduced to the world in July, 2015 with version 1507 named for the year and month of its release, there have been four successive versions: 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 –the Fall Creators Update.
For some users, this writer included, upgrading from an early version to the newer, more improved versions has proved problematic. Periodic updates – not upgrades– happen with the regularity of the ocean tides but they are exclusive to your currently installed version. After some online digging, here’s how I finally figured out how to move from early versions to the latest available version, the Creators Update, 1703.
What Do Windows Updates Actually Update?
I think it was easier upgrading from Windows 7 to Window 10 than it was upgrading from Windows 10 version 1511 to 1703. But in my attempts to move to the latest version of the OS, I learned how Microsoft has been updating whatever version currently installed on your computer.
It’s important to understand the different between update and upgrade. Microsoft describes Windows 10 as “Windows as a Service.” With previous versions of Windows, we had the ability to turn off automatic updates. Windows 10 service updates are, by default, always on. Users can delay them for certain time but their arrival is ultimately unavoidable.