Fall Creators Update is Already On Over 5 Percent of Windows 10 PCs

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 28 Comments

the Fall Creators Update is deployed to over 5 percent of Windows 10 PCs, a far more aggressive rollout than was the case with the previous feature update.

The latest data from AdDuplex shows that the Fall Creators Update is deployed to over 5 percent of Windows 10 PCs, a far more aggressive rollout than was the case with the previous feature update.

As you may recall, AdDuplex is the largest cross-promotion network for Windows apps. AdDuplex empowers developers and publishers to promote their apps for free by helping each other. And each month it provides a glimpse at which Windows devices people are actually using.

“Fall Creators Update has been out for a week as of this measurement, and it is already on 5.3 percent of PCs running Windows 10,” AdDuplex notes. “Anecdotally, Fall Creators Update is up to a more aggressive start than its predecessor.”

Speaking of which, it’s predecessor—the Creators Update, which first shipped in April—is now on about 75 percent of all Windows 10 PCs, which looks to be about maximum deployment. That said, the Anniversary Update hit 92 percent usage share by the time the CU arrived. And the AU, from mid-2016, is still on over 17 percent of all Windows 10 PCs today.

Looking just at Surface devices, we see more evidence of that anecdotal belief I have that Microsoft is speeding the release of the Fall Creators Update: “Surface Book is already over the 20 percent mark [with Fall Creators Update usage] and the new Surface Pro not far behind,” AdDuplex notes. By comparison, “Surface devices weren’t much ahead of the whole ecosystem when it came to the velocity of the Creators Update … Notably, Surface Pro 3, which was an unexplained holdout in the CU cycle, is quite on par with other models in the Surface lineup this time.”


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Comments (28)

28 responses to “Fall Creators Update is Already On Over 5 Percent of Windows 10 PCs”

  1. Pbike908

    I have an 18 month old Lenovo and Windows Update has pushed the Fall CU to me. The update went very smoothly -- faster than any other prior Windows 10 update. It's a nice update!

  2. cheetahdriver

    It broke the Remote Desktop functionality. You can work around it sometimes by disabling printers or by using the UWP remote desktop app. Deployment to both of the lenovo x1 yogas (2016 and 2017) were almost immediate, but deployment to the few remaining surfaces has been slower (thank God since the RD fail is causing us issues).

    • dfeifer

      In reply to cheetahdriver:

      Must be something specific to your domain. I have 14 systems so far in my domain that have upgraded. Lenovo Thinkpads, Dell Optiplexes, 2 surface pro 4's and a surface book and none of them are having an issue with mstsc.

      About the only issue I have stumbled apon so far was the get office click to run getting installed and messing up office 2007's recent items lists. He could open excel 2007 and recents from within the program would work as expected. If you tried using the right click menu off of the start menu or taskbar though it would tell you that it could not find the file. Ended up uninstalling all 3 versions of office click to run. for some reason it installed english, french AND spanish at the same time, and did a repair on the office 2007 installation.

      We currently have a test user using office 365, My boss, so hopefully we can eventually upgrade everyone to the same version..

      • chrisrut

        In reply to dfeifer:

        Same here. Although had to manually reset a few connections to RD Gateway from preupdate builds that had timed out - users couldn't reconnect. But that was 2-3 out of 30+.

  3. fbman

    I wish they would issue the fix over the disappearing UWP bug. My machine got the update 3 days after release, I had to roll back after my UWP apps disappeared, (Ok I dont use many, but Forza also disappeared).

    Roll back fixes the issue.

    I suppose some people on this site, will see this bug as a fix to get rid of UWP apps. I dont see UWP apps as such an issue.. If the program is useful to me, I will use it. And I do use a few UWP apps, with Forza being my favorite.

    • WE_Booth

      I had the same problem. In the Windows forums it seems a lot of people did. I guess MSFT eliminated QA as a cost saving measure.

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  5. SmithPM

    As I live in Austria, I was quite surprised that my new-this-year Acer Aspire laptop was offered the update yesterday. The PC came with Linux and I bought (!) a copy of Windows 10 for it. On a not-very-fast ADSL line it took ages to download the update, and the actual update process was pretty slow (about 45 minutes), but there were no problems, at least so far.

    On the nit-picking side however, I was annoyed that the update removed my set of Windows 7 games that I installed myself, as I prefer them (free and no ads) to what comes with Windows 10. Having saved the downloaded Windows 7 update file, it was no big problem to restore them, and while the games were removed by the FCU process, it strangely left the game statistics intact.

    I am still however of the opinion that these twice-a-year big updates are more trouble for the user community than if MS would simply push out smaller enhancements with the monthly security updates.

    • alpensturm

      In reply to SmithPM:

      Also in Austria, I installed 1709 on all my three units - Lumia 950, Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet as well as my Dell XPS 15 from 2010 - all trouble free and fast. I used the MediaCreationTool for the ThinkPad and XPS, the stick was ready in less than 20 minutes, the actual installation just as fast - this is on a 50 MB/s A1 VDSL line. Since I don't keep a lot of software on these machines, I prefer a clean USB stick install over an update, but I agree, one annual major update should suffice. Also, I am amazed as how fast and stable W10 runs on this seven year old XPS 15! Cheers!

  6. MutualCore

    Well, I can see why I was on premium. The level of 'discourse' in the standard section is Endgadget levels of trollery.

  7. Win74ever

    A fail. I wonder what's gonna be in the next update.

  8. MutualCore

    Nice to see.

  9. hrlngrv

    Fascinating there are more than twice as many still running 1507 as Insider builds. All of them would be showing metered internet connections?

  10. MikeGalos

    Which also means that 97.5% are using a build no more than about a year old (1607 or newer). That's a really low level of fragmentation and makes life much easier for developers.

    Combine that with the installed base of Windows 10 and that's about a half billion devices running a pretty much current build of Windows 10.

  11. wunderbar

    I think we're going to see more and more situations where older Windows 10 versions stick around in small numbers, similar to Android, but not as dramatic. As more versions of Windows 10 are released it is just natural that a subset of older devices won't be updated. As an example I have an old HP Stream 7 that is still on 1607, it never got updated to 1703.

    • Sprtfan

      In reply to wunderbar:

      If I had to force an anology, I'd say it will be closer to iOS than Android. As someone pointed out in the standard comments, 97.5% are running a build around a year old or newer. Marshmallow has the largest Android share at 32% and 2 years old.

  12. John Scott

    Been pretty smooth for my PC's. My only glitch I noticed is I lost all but Balanced power profile. Although some say this was normal and should have brought up a slider to adjust power? Never saw any slider. Also my Smart Audio app opens every time I boot up now. Have to say its pretty uneventful but I have noticed longer boot times, and some apps load slow. So maybe some tweaking of those apps is needed? I don't really use apps much and have not noticed any that have disappeared. Did notice it left 20Gb of old Windows to delete once I felt it was stable.