Windows 10 November update no longer available for standalone installation

By Shawn Knight · 19 replies
Nov 23, 2015
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  1. Microsoft released the first major update for Windows 10 earlier this month. Power users or those that were otherwise too impatient to wait on the update to arrive automatically via Windows Update were invited to use Microsoft’s free media creation tool to download and install the update manually.

    As Ed Bott of ZDNet discovered this weekend, however, that option is no longer on the table.

    Microsoft has removed the installer files for the update from its Windows 10 download page. The media creation tool is still offered although as Bott points out, it now installs the July 2015 release of Windows 10 (the one that was offered at launch).

    A single sentence on the download page is the only indication that the November update is no longer offered as a standalone download.

    A spokesperson for the Redmond-based company responded to the publication’s original story, verifying that the update was originally available via the media creation tool but they’ve since decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. The rep added that people can still download Windows 10 using the tool if they wish but that the November update will be delivered exclusively via Windows Update.

    It’s unclear what led to Microsoft's sudden change of heart and even stranger why they opted to disrupt the current release instead of simply making subsequent releases available exclusively via Windows Update.

    Either way, the change isn’t likely to affect all that many people as most will simply opt to have Windows Update do the work as the rollout progresses.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    I'm glad I downloaded 1511 when I had the chance. We need to start a P2P share and say screw MS. This is simply more Windows Update BS. Why should I download an update for every machines, when I can do it once and be done with it? This is costing everyone more bandwidth than is necessary.
    BMfan and rondean2000 like this.
  3. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +73

    Glad I grabbed it while I had the chance, you can prize the USB stick out of my cold dead hands if to want it.
  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 864   +880

    Why would they do that? Why not make the available ISO use all updates to that point? That's how previous windows were released, that how osx is released, and thats how every linux distro is released.

    Or does microsoft want us to download every friggin update one at a time upon every installation? If so, then the lack of a SP2 for windows 7 was only the tip of the iceberg.....
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    What makes it worse is their servers are slow as Christmas, and this extra strain will not mak them faster.
  6. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    The update also made possible for Windows 10 to clean install using existing windows 7/8 product keys. So because of this, we are missing this long awaited feature?...
  7. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,341   +843

    I guess they removed the update from the .ISO to push Windows Update because a lot of people are trying to block it due to it being automatic and borderline uncontrollable.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2015
  8. robb213

    robb213 TS Maniac Posts: 330   +100

    Afaik dreamspark still provides 1151--thats where I got my updated copy. Although obviously not everyone can access that site/contents.
  9. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,268   +437

    That blows I was planning on upgrading it today with the media creation tool since windows update still haven't pushed this to my machine yet....
  10. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    Have they not built-in a roll out feature in to Windows 10 which allows you to update from other locally networked machines which have the update already. I'm sure I saw that somewhere.
  11. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    Just found it in settings, you can't force local networked PC's only though, its local and internet or internet. Not great by MS overall.
  12. Spence1115

    Spence1115 TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +39

    Well there is the option in Windows Update to get updates from other machines on your network, so when one gets it, the others will get from the same machine.
  13. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    If you saw my post above, that's not true. On Microsoft's website about Windows Update Delivery Optimisation its says.

    When Windows downloads an update or app, it will look for other PCs on your local network that have already downloaded the update or app using Delivery Optimisation. Windows then downloads parts of the file from those PCs and parts of the file from Microsoft. Windows doesn't download the entire file from one place. Instead, the download is broken down into smaller parts. Windows uses the fastest, most reliable download source for each part of the file.
    So if your limited by bandwidth it is still an issue.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  14. I'm so glad I downloaded the iso before ****-heads removed it.
  15. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,960   +218

    That's the most *****ic thing I've heard from MS this week! (Well, it is Monday after all)
    I'm still not being offered the November update, so am I supposed to get it on Piratebay now?
    Microsoft and their crazy 180's!
  16. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,268   +437

    It looks like I will have to go the torrent route also since MS is not giving me any other options.

    The only thing I get from windows update is defender updates....
  17. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    Wat a b-ch. What if I installed it on my 4 pcs,, some having 3 partitions? Glad I steered clear of windows 10, with its incredible memory hogging. (12 gig for batman).
  18. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +186

    I'm pretty sure there's a legitimate reason they did this, seems odd otherwise. I wonder if 1511 / 10586 some how also affects the ability to roll back to a previous version of Windows if its installed as an upgrade from 7 or 8? I know this is why they're delaying the rollout of 1511 / 10586 for those who installed RTM / 10240 within the last 30 days.
  19. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    You're probably right but we all like to rage against MS!
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Its back!

    There was an issue, fta

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