Windows 10 Version 1511 (Build 10586) has apparently been taken down and replaced with original July 2015 release (Build 10240) in Media Creation Tool installs.
Now this might infuriate a certain section of Windows 10 users, as Microsoft has now unexpectedly decided to remove the recently announced Windows 10 November Update or Version 1511.
As you all must be aware, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Version 1511 earlier this month and also made it available for download via the Media Creation Tool (MCT). The company even recommended Windows 10 users to use the tool for those who did not want to wait for the update to arrive via the standard Windows Update.
The option worked as intended for a week or so, though now the new update files have been pulled as Media Creation Tool downloads Windows 10 Build 10240 which was released back in July.
Microsoft confirms via WinBeta it has removed the November Update from the Media Creation Tool. The full statement is as follows:
“The November update was originally available via the MCT (Media Creation Tool), but the company decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. People can still download Windows 10 [Build 10240] using the MCT tool if they wish. The November update will be delivered via Windows Update.
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.”
It’s also worth noting that ZDNet’s Ed Bott received the following statement from Microsoft:
“The November update was originally available via the MCT tool, but we’ve decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. People can still download Windows 10 using the MCT tool if they wish. The November update will be delivered via Windows Update.”
To be very honest, it is a very bizarre explanation by Microsoft which comes nine days after the company itself encouraged users to utilize this tool for the upgrades. This makes one wonder as to why would Microsoft impose such a restriction on its users. Moreover the fact that millions of users might have already downloaded the necessary setup files for this update.
Hence, users who wish to upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 won’t be getting the latest build as they’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 Build 10240 first, and then wait for the new upgrade to appear in Windows Update, and go through the lengthy installation process again.
It is also worth pointing out that users who upgrade using the currently available build 10240, won’t be getting the latest version for a month, as below is what Windows 10 November update FAQ page says.
“If it’s been less than 31 days since you upgraded to Windows 10, you won’t get the November update straight away; this will allow you to go back to your previous version of Windows if you choose. After the 31 days have passed, your PC will automatically download the November update.”