No sooner did the calendar turn to October than Microsoft began rolling out (version 1803) to users. The update will introduce , including a better screenshot tool, the Your Phone app for iPhone ($899 at Amazon)- and Android device-wielding PC users and a less annoying approach to restarting your PC to install incremental updates.
To get the update, you need not lift a mousing finger. Microsoft says the update will arrive automatically via Windows Update. You may not get it right away; as with past updates, the company will gradually roll it out over the next few weeks. According to ZDNet, the update will become more broadly available on Oct. 9, affectionately known as Patch Tuesday.
than with past efforts in scheduling the rebooting and installation process.
Back up before upgrading
Before you install any big OS update, it's a good idea to back up your system in case something goes awry during the installation. You can simply upload important files to your preferred cloud service or an external drive. Windows' built-in backup service can be found by going to Settings > Update & Security > Backup.
How to install Windows 10 October 2018 Update now
If you don't want to wait for Microsoft to roll out the update to your PC, you can take the proactive approach of initiating the download yourself. Open Settings and click Update & Security. Make sure you are on the Windows Update page and click the Check for Updates button. After the update finishes downloading, follow the instructions to restart your PC and complete the installation process.
Originally published on Sept. 6, 2018.
Update, Oct. 2: Added information about the roll out of the final version of Windows 10 October 2018 Update.