Microsoft Begins Rolling Out the Creators Update Today

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 31 Comments

Microsoft Begins Rolling Out the Creators Update Today

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.


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Comments (31)

31 responses to “Microsoft Begins Rolling Out the Creators Update Today”

  1. Waethorn

    The Upgrade Assistant worked fine on 2 systems of mine, and several customer's machines. Mind you, I didn't try any "weird" hardware types like Atom tablets with oddball touchscreen and orientation sensors where drivers are hard to find, like Chinese models, but I'm going to be giving that a go today with Windows 10 CU on a Pipo X9. These types of systems have notoriously bad driver support. The hardware looks good, but it's a nightmare to deal with as far as software support goes because the OEM's require the use of custom version drivers that aren't identified differently from generic versions.

    Do yourself a favour: buy a major "Western" name brand that has good support. If the company posts their drivers on Baidu Cloud, WALK AWAY!

  2. RGS Consulting

    I'm not editorializing on the problems here as I empathize fully, but years of similar hard knocks with multi-brand hardware and software has taught me to keep everything the same color (Such as John Deere green in front of the tractor and behind the tractor), just because everything just works and works. I installed CU on my Surface Pro 4, Surface 3, and Lumia 950XL, without a hitch. It just works and works. Everything is the same color.

    I do have one One Off - a Dell Venue 8 Pro and it works just like it's Microsoft blue.

    BTW, I've stopped using IE, except for some older sites that don't load well in Edge. I'm also doing something I didn't think I would do - stop using the desktop. Except with my multi-screen Pro 4 setup, I'm using Tablet Mode. Start Screen is just fine for everything, including desktop items.

    We all know one thing for certain, these kinks get worked out fairly quickly.

  3. wright_is

    Installed it on my Spectre x360 at home and my Fujitsu Lifebook at work last week. Everything running fine so far.

  4. shaunw122

    I updated to the creators edition on my Dell Xps 13 (late 2015 model) and it was fine. But late yesterday it downloaded a series of patches and updates and that killed my machine. It could not reboot and my only option was to refresh the pc and reinstall all my apps. I even tried rolling back to a previous restore point but that did not work.

    To add to the frustration I could not get that gag of crap edge browser to download office. I used the Get Office option I was logged in to me account but Edge just sat there doing nothing. In the end I downloaded chrome at had no problem installing office.

    It's really frustrating when thing don't work, my laptop is relatively new fully patched with mainly Microsoft software on it yet it gets broken by an update - disgraceful.

    My daughter keeps taking the micky out of me sticking with Microsoft. She has a Macbook air and it just works, she never has a problem.

  5. Lewk

    I was absolutely shocked to discover that a Laptop of mine (on production) that took 4 months to receive the Anniversary Update, received the Creators Update right away. Oddly though, it upgraded to 14393.1006 first before seeing the CU.

  6. rockycpa

    I installed it on my Surface Pro 4. The only issue I have seen is that I had to reconnect my arch touch mouse. Lastpass on Edge seems only slightly better. It has never worked correctly for me on Edge.

  7. Patrick3D

    Updated a laptop that was missing the previous cumulative update. That older update failed to install and required the Windows Update Troubleshooter tool to be run which repaired the update database. After that got sorted the creators update installed fine.

    First impressions: had a warning about my OneDrive folder not being my original OneDrive folder, told it to "Try Again" and it seems to be working normally.

    Drivers missing for ST Microelectronics Free Fall Sensor and ControlVault on Dell Latitude E6410, downloaded and installed from Dell to resolve.

    Yellow triangle on Windows Defender is going to get annoying for anyone running 100% brightness or sleep disabled, can't wait for the tickets to start rolling in once this update goes live in our company.

    Others have noticed high memory usage, this appears to be Windows setting aside memory as a cache to improve performance and can be seen in the Memory tab of Resource Monitor.

    Older versions of .Net got removed during the update process. Intel graphics properties tool prompted to reinstall .Net 2.5.

    Not sure about how I feel towards all of the changes to the right-click Start menu yet. At the very least it appears Microsoft is trying to push more people towards using Settings instead of the Control Panel.

  8. Todd Logsdon

    Well they did a test deploy at my work and seems with the creator update that .NET Framework v1.1 programs no longer work. Watching task manager it opens, then closes about 10-15 seconds later and nothing ever comes up on the screen. I don't recall seeing this mentioned anywhere about this update pulling support for that.

  9. lwetzel

    Have 3 machines updated to Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.138)

    Not a hiccup. BUT...I had opted into insiders on 2 machines then moved those 2 machines to the Release Preview and opted out of Insiders. I stayed in insider on my original Surface Pro and it was in grief about the last update it didn't want to load before today. However it straightened itself out with todays update and all is well now.

  10. hrlngrv

    Why do they bother with the YYMM labeling? 1703 released more than a week into April. Too expensive to change preprinted marketing materials to 1704?

  11. Waethorn

    I found another oddity/change from the older versions of Windows 10.

    Previously, Windows 10 would hide drivers on the "regular" Windows Update mechanism if you had an existing driver for a component that was "working". However, you used to be able to go to Device Manager, pull a components property sheet, and manually update certain drivers using hidden driver updates that are normally reserved to the Windows Update Catalog site. You can't do that anymore. Now, you just get a message when you try to do that to "check Windows Update" with a button that takes you to Windows Update.

    I never understood the reasoning for hiding driver updates from users in the first place. Is this better? That depends. Is Microsoft still hiding driver updates but now just reserving them exclusively to the Windows Update Catalog site making it harder to get driver updates? That remains to be seen.

    • Polycrastinator

      In reply to Waethorn:

      Remember, when Microsoft first rolled out Windows 10, they pushed driver updates willy nilly. I saw so many W10 systems that got hosed by inappropriate drivers. I far prefer that if something is working, they leave it be, unless I manually choose otherwise. If the previous driver that's installed came from WU, that's one thing, if it's OEM or something I installed myself? I want Microsoft to leave it alone.


    To help businesses more broadly deploy Windows 10 Creators Update/1703, Microsoft is updating the Windows 10 1703 packages and ISOs on the Volume License Servicing Center, MSDN, Windows Update

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