Microsoft pulls Windows 10 V 1511 downloads

After release of Windows 10 November Update, Microsoft also offered (and recommended) downloading Windows 10 Version 1511 via Media Creation Tool. Since Saturday (11/21/2015) Microsoft has removed this build. But there is still a way to obtain an ISO build of Windows 10 version 1511.


Some of my US MVP collegues already mentioned it yesterday on facebook: Microsoft has pulled ISO build 10586 from their servers. The possibility to download an install media of Windows 10 Version 1511 via Media Creation Tool (MCT) has gone. MCT downloads now build 10240 (RTM build) and the upgrade to build 10586 is delivered via Windows Update. In other words: No direct clean install of Windows 10 Version 1511 anymore. The US web site providing the downloads of Windows Media Creation Tool shows now the following note

"These downloads cannot be used to update Windows 10 PCs to the November update (Version 1511)." mentioned, that Microsoft pulls also the "plug" for all media (Kits, Mobile Emulators, TechBench) that are related to Build 10586). Microsoft has responded to this issue with the following comment:

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.

Seem pretty odd – because people who having trouble to install build 10586 via Windows Update are now "grounded", because all media offered for download are now based on Windows 10 RTM (build 10240). So, if November Update fails to install via Windows Update (or will not be offered), there is no way to upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1511.

But wait, there is still a way …

Well, that's the odd story, Microsoft created this weekend. I have no clue, why they made this decision (here is a "guess"). But the russian leaker WZor postet a tweet providing a hack to download all builds from MS servers.


All you need is a small JavaScript-Snippet to proceed the following steps:

  1. Launch a browser (I 've used Google Chrome) and go to Techbench web site
  2. Open the console windows (developer tools, via F12) and copy this Pastebin content into console window and hit Enter.

Afterward all Windows build available at Techbench server should be offered like it is shown below.

Select Windows 10 (1511 th2) build and download the ISO install image. That's all – hope it's helpful – don't know how long this hack works.

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