Windows – Difference Between Windows Update and Windows 10 Update Assistant

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I was trying to download the Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update, and it came to my attention that it requires the Windows 10 Update Assistant, which I know comes with Windows 10, but that I most likely deleted (lol.)

My question is, in the Windows Settings App, under Update and Security, my computer is up to date:

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However, on the Windows 10 Update Assistant, I had a ton of updates available:

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From a logical standpoint, why would Microsoft not integrate the Windows 10 Updates into the settings application or vice versa; getting rid of the Update section of the setting application and having us use the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant?

It's very likely that I'm overthinking this, or that I'm missing something blatantly obvious, but I would appreciate any suggestions/guidance.

Best Answer

1709 showed on my computer Tuesday evening and installed just fine using the standard Microsoft Update mechanism.

To ease load and to minimize issues, Microsoft does stagger the availability of their major releases. Using the Upgrade Assistant will generally circumvent this staggering and will get you the latest major version right away.