It’s a big day for Windows fans, with Microsoft starting to roll out the fourth major version of Windows 10, called the Creators Update, or Windows 10 version 1703.
There’s nothing new to say, but I’d like to remind readers of what’s happening, and what your options are.
As you may recall, Microsoft formerly announced the Creators Update, originally codenamed “Redstone 2” at an October event in New York. At that time, it focused on the updates new 3D capabilities, Windows Mixed Reality (then still called Windows Holographic), 4K gaming and game broadcasting, and a feature called My People that was subsequently delayed to the next Windows 10 version.
We’ve been writing about the Creators Update and specific new features ever since, of course, and have documented the changes in various Windows 10 Insider Preview builds during this time as well. But you can find a nice wrap-up in my Windows 10 Creators Update Preview, and you might want to check out my Windows 10 Creators Update Review for an accurate overview of what to expect in this release.
If you wish for a more complete guide and reference for Windows 10, please consider purchasing theWindows 10 Field Guide. We are now updating it for the Creators Update, and this work will continue over the next few months.
As for the roll out, that is happening publicly via Windows Update starting today. But you may not wish to upgrade on Microsoft’s rollout schedule, which the software giant says could take “several months.”
Which is fine. Because you have choices.
If you wish to throw caution to the wind and install the Creators Update immediately, please Windows 10 Tip: Get the Creators Update as Quickly as Possible. You can upgrade today if you’d like.
If you wish to see how the upgrade goes and wait 2-4 weeks, I recommend following the advice in Windows 10 Tip: Get the Creators Update on Your Own Schedule. This is a prudent choice for average users, given the problems Microsoft had rolling out the previous Windows 10 version.
That said, I hope and expect that this feature update will roll out more reliably and quickly than the Anniversary Update. The next few weeks will tell that tale, though, as reports come in from the real world and Microsoft’s testing methodologies are again put to the test.
Cross your fingers. The Creators Update is here.