Microsoft explains disappearance of the Windows 10 November Update from Media tool

Zac Bowden


Earlier today, we reported that the Windows 10 November Update had been pulled from Windows Update, meaning it was no longer being offered to Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 users. It also appears to have been pulled from the Media Creation Tool, meaning you can no longer do in-place upgrades with an ISO, as the tool is no longer offering the ISO for download.
Microsoft has since told WinBeta that the Windows 10 November Update has not been pulled from Windows Update, instead the update will roll out over time, much like the original Windows 10 launch back in July.
The Redmond giant has also detailed why the Media Creation Tool is no longer offering the November Update as an ISO. Microsoft has decided that future installs of the November Update should happen through Windows Update, meaning the tool will now download build 10240, and upgrade to the November Update once build 10240 is installed.
Microsoft’s official comment(s) are below:

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.

As mentioned above, there doesn’t appear to be a clear reason as to why Microsoft has made this change. It doesn’t make much sense for Microsoft to suddenly want users to upgrade via Windows Update, when not too long ago they were recommending users create an ISO for manual upgrade if they didn’t want to use Windows Update. Very confusing indeed.
We’ll update this story once we know more. Until then, what are your thoughts on this? Let us know below.