Over the past few weeks since Microsoft started seeing Windows 10 build 10586 to consumers, the OS was downloadable from three locations – namely Windows Update, the Windows Insider site where the ISO images were available, and the Windows media creation tool (MCT), which automatically downloaded the latest version of the OS depending on your selection. It was always more convenient to grab the latest build rather than sit with an old one and wait for the updates to complete to run up to the latest build, which is what I’ve always done. Unfortunately, Microsoft has had the bright idea of doing exactly the opposite, and has pulled all of the recent builds from the Windows 10 media creation tool.
In a statement given to WinBeta over the weekend, a Microsoft representative clarified the reasons for the company’s decision, though I don’t think anything can really explain why they’d choose to go this route over just giving consumers the latest build off the bat.
“The November update was originally available via the MCT, but [we’ve] decided that future installs should be through Windows Update,” said Microsoft. “People can still download Windows 10 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,” Microsoft added later.
You might not think that it’s a problem, but the version of Windows 10 being seeded through the MCT now is build 10240, commonly referred to as the “RTM” or “gold master” version of the OS, which shipped on 28 July, almost five months ago. In that time, Microsoft has made drastic changes to how the OS functions, how the UI is laid out, and has added in features like Intel Speed Shift and deeper integration with Cortana, among other things. Microsoft has also removed the build options from the Windows Insider program as well, and the old page which had all the ISO images listed now redirects to the same page consumers use for the MCT. Everything now runs through Windows update, which is infuriatingly slow for most people.