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Windows 10 “Creators update”

Windows 10: “Creators” Update

Next month (April) Microsoft is due to launch a major upgrade to Windows 10 which they have called the “Creators Update”.  Don’t worry, this is not just for artists or creative types but for everyone. What’s in a name??

Upgrades all the time – why?

Before we get into the details of this update, let’s clarify how and why Windows 10 gets updated on a regular basis and how this all fits together.

The Creators Update is an example of Mircosoft’s new strategy introduced with Windows 10. At the launch they insisted that Windows 10 will be the last major release of the Windows operating system.  This didn’t mean that there would be no enhancements or developments, simply that the system would evolve through a series of updates, but with the same fundamentals. Good news in that we should not be forced into any major re-learning excercises as with Windows 8 and 10 and citically we will not be asked to pay for future upgrades (at least that is the current situation). 

The existing monthly update will continue, usually on the second Tuesday of each month (sometimes the fourth), and is termed not surprisingly the “Patch Tuesday” update.  These updates include fixing bugs that have been identified and most importantly, security issues, so they should be installed. Updates such as the “Creators Update” will appear every 9-12 months and will be more significant in that they may introduce new features or “tweeks” to the user inerface for example.

The Creators Update

This update aims to address a number of issues that users have complained about and fix some performance issues and user interface enhancements, as well as some additional features for 3D drawing and gamers for example.  We will cover the most important features in a series of articles, but start with an important one here – controlling update timing.

Controlling updates

For most of us one of the biggest gripes with Windows 10 is the lack of control over update timing itself. Users can leave their device on stand-by, only to open it a few hours later to try and get some work done – and find it churning through a new update. It can be a minor inconvenience with the monthly security updates, which take a few minutes to install. But when Microsoft pushes out a major software upgrade, and the PC  kicks off its installation without warning –  it can render the device unusable for an hour or more.  Microsoft has been working to address these issues for a while now. In its previous two feature updates, Windows 10 included the option to defer the installation of updates or pause them temporarily. However these settings were mainly targeted towards business users who had an IT staff.
Thankfully, the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will expand those options. Following the update, Microsoft will surface a prominent pop-up notification when updates are available, something like the image below:

This should allow you to defer the update until you have completed your work or to run it overnight.

Details of other features of the Creators Update will be pubished here over the next couple of weeks.