The Windows 10 Creators Update is the latest major update to Windows 10. Although it's not as packed with big new features like the previous Anniversary Update, it does include some welcome new additions and tweaks to existing ones that help improve the user experience and address some of the other concerns people may have had with Windows 10 before now.
The Windows 10 Creators Update can be considered as more of a quality of life upgrade than adding any major new features. Among the improvements comes the much desired ability to fine-tune the telemetry data that gets sent to Microsoft. You can't turn it off completely outside of enterprise versions, but the new more granular nature of the telemetry data allows users to choose how much data is shared. Other improvements include being able to install Windows 10 using Cortana and voice commends, support for picture in picture mode so you can watch your TV shows while working in another window, performance tweaks to game mode and built in support for Twitch streaming, 'Night Light' which allows you to adjust monitor brightness based on time of day and plenty more.
While there are no major standout features in the new update, Windows 10 Creators Update features a variety of smaller tweaks that add up to a much bigger picture. As with the Creators Update, the key to our phased approach is actively listening to all available feedback mechanisms and making the appropriate product updates during the rollout.
This allows us to provide a high-quality experience for the broadest set of users at an accelerated rate, while also continually increasing the quality and security of Windows 10. This was our approach with the Creators Update released in April and user feedback on this approach was very positive. For the best experience, we recommend you wait until Windows 10 is automatically offered to your device.
You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update if you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your device.
Once the download is complete and the update is ready to install, we’ll check with you, so you can pick the right time to finish the installation and reboot.
Ways to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
We do this so we can ensure the update does not disrupt you, and we use active hours to help suggest a good time. If you don’t want to wait for the update to roll out to you, you can manually check for updates on your personal PC using the steps below.
- This will only work if your device is eligible to get the Fall Creators Update as part of the initial roll out phase.
- Alternatively, you can manually get the update today via the Software Download Site.
This option is only recommended for advanced users on devices running a licensed version of Windows 10.
If you’re using a Windows 10 PC at work, you will need to check with your IT administrator for details on your organization’s specific plans to update.
In the Search tab, type “Settings”. On the Settings page, navigate to Update & security > Windows Update. On the Windows Update page, simply click Check for updates. This will also check if your device is up to date with the latest monthly security updates.
How to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update using a fresh install
If your device is part of the first phase of roll out, the feature update may begin downloading immediately to your PC. You can still use your PC as you normally would while the update downloads in the background.
Once the download is complete you’ll be prompted to select the best time to complete installation so as not to disrupt what you are doing. If the update doesn’t begin downloading after you click “Check for Updates” on the Windows Update page, you’ll see a message stating “Your device is up to date.” This means your device has all the updates available for it based on your device’s eligibility at this time.
At this point we recommend waiting until the Fall Creators Update is rolled out to your device automatically.
- Manually update for advanced users. As an advanced user, you have two manual installation options.
- The recommended method is to utilize the Update Assistant.
To do so, click the Update Now button on the Software Download Site.
You’ll need a licensed version of Windows 10 to use this method to get the feature update.
Alternatively, you can download and run the Media Creation Tool on the same site, which will help you perform a clean installation or reinstall of Windows 10.
We hope you enjoy the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the many new features it brings. Click here to learn about all the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you have feedback about your experience, please use the Feedback Hub app to share it with us. We’ll share more on how we roll out the Fall Creators Update shortly!
Free update to Windows 10
Follow these steps to create installation media (USB flash drive or DVD) you can use to install a new copy of Windows 10, perform a clean installation, or reinstall Windows 10.
Before you download the tool make sure you have:. An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply). Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
A blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space or blank DVD (and DVD burner) if you want to create media.
- We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
- When burning a DVD from an ISO file, if you are told the disc image file is too large you will need to use Dual Layer (DL) DVD Media.
Check a few things on the PC where you want to install Windows 10:.
- 64-bit or 32-bit processor (CPU).
You’ll create either a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10.
To check this on your PC, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for System type. System requirements. Make sure the PC meets the system requirements for Windows 10.
- We also recommend going to the PC manufacturer's website for additional info about updated drivers and hardware compatibility.
Language in Windows. You'll need to choose the same language when you install Windows 10. To see what language you're currently using, go to Time and language in PC settings or Region in Control Panel.
Edition of Windows. You should also choose the same edition of Windows. To check what edition you're currently running, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for Windows edition.
Windows 10 Enterprise isn’t available in the media creation tool. For more info, go to the Volume Licensing Service Center. Microsoft Office products. If you just purchased a new device that includes Office 365, we recommend redeeming (installing) Office before upgrading to Windows 10.
How to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update using the Windows Insider Program
To redeem your copy of Office, please see Download and install Office 365 Home, Personal, or University on your PC.
For more information, check How to upgrade to Windows 10 on new devices that include Office 365. If you have Office 2010 or earlier and choose to perform a clean install of Windows 10, you will need to locate your Office product key.
For tips on locating your product key, check Find your Office 2010 product key or Enter the product key for your Office 2007 program. Using the tool to create installation media:. Select Download tool now, and select Run. You need to be an administrator to run this tool.
If you agree to the license terms, select Accept. On the What do you want to do? page, select Create installation media for another PC, and then select Next. Select the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10. This table will help you decide which edition of Windows 10 you’ll choose:. Select which media you want to use: USB flash drive. Attach a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space.
Any content on the flash drive will be deleted.ISO file. Save an ISO file to your PC, which you can use to create a DVD.
After the file is downloaded, you can go to location where the file is saved, or select Open DVD burner, and follow the instructions to burn the file to a DVD.
- For more info about using an ISO file, see Additional methods for using the ISO file to install Windows 10 section below.
- USB flash drive. Attach a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space.
- Any content on the flash drive will be deleted.
Save an ISO file to your PC, which you can use to create a DVD.
- After the file is downloaded, you can go to location where the file is saved, or select Open DVD burner, and follow the instructions to burn the file to a DVD.
- For more info about using an ISO file, see Additional methods for using the ISO file to install Windows 10 section below.
After the installation media is created, follow the steps below to use it.
After completing the steps to install Windows 10, please check that you have all the necessary device drivers installed. To check for updates now, select the Start button, and then go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and select Check for updates.
You may also wish to visit your device manufacturer’s support site for any additional drivers that may be needed. Note: Drivers for Surface devices may be found on the Download drivers and firmware for Surface page.
"We don't just hit a button, 400 million machines update and we break the internet," says Microsoft spokesman David Dennis. No, the Windows 10 Creators Update won't be nearly that fast. Microsoft heard you loud and clear when you said you didn't want updates shoved down your throat -- so even as the company promises a long list of improvements to its operating system, it's going to be a slow, measured rollout.
The Windows 10 Creators Update is officially launching today, April 11. But you shouldn't expect to automatically find the free update on your computer on day one. Microsoft says it could take as long as a couple of months before everyone sees it, and even then you'll have the opportunity to snooze it until you're ready.
"We went into this with the guiding principle of 'do no harm,'" says Dennis, adding that Microsoft is working with individual computer hardware manufacturers to make sure the new update won't cause unforeseen issues on their PCs.
- (One woman successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 last June.)But what if you'd rather get the Windows 10 Creators Update as soon as possible, caution be damned?
- Here are four techniques that might bring you those new features faster.Try Windows UpdateObvious, yes?
- But if you haven't checked Windows Update in the past couple of weeks, you might want to check again.
- Microsoft is advertising the Windows 10 Creators Update right inside the Windows Update setting screen.
It looks like this:If you press that "Yes, show me how" button, I'm not totally sure it'll bring you the update any quicker.
But it registers your interest with Microsoft, so it probably won't hurt to press it, either.Once the update is available, the steps should be roughly the same as usual:Open the Settings menu and go to Update & security > Windows UpdateClick Check for updates to prompt your PC to scan for the latest updates.
The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.Click Restart Now to restart your PC and complete the installation process, or Pick a time or Snooze if you'd rather restart later.Join the Windows Insider ProgramThe riskiest, but also the most certain way to get Windows features fast: opt into a program where Microsoft installs unfinished versions of Windows on your computer.
Windows Insiders have already been playing with earlier versions of the Creators Update for months. If that sounds like your cup of tea, here's what to do:Open the Settings menu and go to Update & security > Windows Update.Pick Advanced options.Under Get Insider Preview builds, pick Get started and say Yes to subsequent prompts.
There are two ways to get the Windows 10 Creators Update
You'll need to restart your computer, and you may have to wait several days before the update follows.Manually download the update from MicrosoftMicrosoft has updated its Software Download page with the Creators Update.
You can download Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant or Media Creation Tool at this link to install the update.To upgrade:At this link, click the Upgrade Now button to download the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant.
Launch it from your Downloads folder, and it'll scan for updates. When the Creators Update is ready, it'll install it at that point -- if not, it should tell you that you're already up to date.Another way to upgrade:At this link, click the Download tool now button to nab the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.Launch it from your Downloads folder, and pick Upgrade this PC now.The tool will automatically download the Windows 10 image file (ISO) and attempt to install it.
How to download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update using the Update Assistant
Try a clean installNow we're in the danger zone: a clean install means wiping your PC, so you have the freshest copy of Windows without any bits of old apps clogging things up.
(And if you tried it before Microsoft uploaded the Creators Update, you might have wound up with a clean copy of Anniversary Edition instead of the new hotness.)But -- assuming you know what you're doing -- you'll find our full set of instructions right here.
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