Microsoft stops offering the ISO image of Windows 10 Build 10586 November update, users can only install it from Windows Update
Microsoft has stopped offering the ISO image of Windows 10 Build 10586 update, which was previously available using the Media Creation Tool.
Okay first of all, do not panic. Microsoft has not pulled the November update itself, but it has indeed pulled the plug on the ISO image.
So, the only way for users to install Windows 10 Build 10586 aka the Threshold Update, is through Windows Update. So, if you managed to download an ISO of the latest build, count yourself lucky. You can still continue to use the ISO and update to the new build, but other users have no such luck.
The new first broke on the Redmond company’s forums, when a user reported that the media creation tool downloaded the ISO image of Windows 10 Build 10240, instead of the Build 10586 image. Soon after this, confused users began to report the same on various forums and blogs.
Microsoft has updated the Media creation tool page to include the following statement.
These downloads cannot be used to update Windows 10 PCs to the November update (Version 1511).
WinBeta, contacted Microsoft to ask them what the issue was, to which it got the following as a reply from a spokesperson for the Redmond company:
Microsoft has not pulled the Windows 10 November 10 update. The company is rolling out the November update over time – if you don’t see it in Windows Update, you will see it soon.
The spokesperson also confirmed that users will still be able to use the tool to download Windows 10 Build 10240, if they wish to upgrade.
This move is atrocious, as it prevents users with multiple PCs from updating their copy of Windows by downloading a single ISO. Now each and every computer in the household, has to download its own copy of the 1511 Update, and install it, and eat up a good chunk of your bandwidth.
Oh, and it does get worse. If you haven’t updated your computer to Windows 10 yet, you will have to first install the Windows 10 RTM Build 10240 (using the Media Creation Tool), and then wait for the 10586 update to be made available from the Redmond Company. So technically you are downloading the operating system twice, and it’s going to take twice as long to install it too ( 2 hours).
And this is not going to be helped by the fact, that Microsoft will only roll the November Update to computers, which have had the operating system, installed on it for over 31 days.