Where’s the default download folder for the Anniversary Update?

Madeleine Dean By: Madeleine Dean
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The Windows 10 Update tool allows user to automatically download and install the Anniversary Update on their computers. Few users know they can use this file to install the latest Windows 10 version on other PCs as well, but finding the location of the download folder for the Anniversary Update is a bit tricky.

Actually, the Windows 10 Update tool is a stub installer, which means it doesn’t require much space on your computer’s memory. Once you launch it, it automatically downloads all the Anniversary Update files.

In order to use the Windows 10 Update tool on more than one computer, you must first find where its default download folder is. This action requires making a few changes in File Explorer, but you’ll eventually find the folder.

How to locate the default download folder for the Anniversary Update

  1. Go to This PC
  2. Click on the View Menu > select Show/ Hide
  3. Check the Hidden items checkbox

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4. Once the option is activated, all the hidden files will appear on the list with a slightly transparent font.

windows 10 update tool default location

5. Open the $WINDOWS.~BT file, where you’ll find the Windows 10 Update tool.

Speaking of the installation process of the Anniversary Update, the Media Creation tool is the final solution users can resort to in case they encounter installation issues. The bad news is that even this tool can break, leaving users with almost no option to complete the upgrade.

In case the Media Creation Tool doesn’t work, and you’re in desperate need for a fix to resume the upgrade to Windows 10 version 1607, you can also check the workarounds available in this fix article.

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