Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Officially Goes Live! Top Features & Download Links
Microsoft's latest edition of Windows 10 - the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - is now available to everyone. Insiders, you can move on to the Redstone 4 development and let us minions have some fun with the latest edition of Windows 10. The update isn't a minor update as it brings a number of improvements and some exciting new features.
Some of the notable Windows 10 Fall Creators Update features
- OneDrive Files On-Demand to help save device storage
- My People hub for quick access to your contacts
- Story Remix in the new Photos app
- Power Throttling
- Windows can now talk to Android and iPhone - cool!
- Pin favorite contacts and websites in the taskbar
- Improvements to Windows Shell
- New Eye Control for controlling your PC with your eyes using third party hardware from Tobii.
- Game Monitor in Settings
- Windows Mixed Reality
- Fluent Design System with highlight and acrylic effects
- Cortana is more powerful than ever before
- Microsoft Edge improvements, of course!
- Gaming improvements with improved Game Bar and GPU performance tracking capabilities
- Input improvements with Emoji 5.0 and shape writing
- Improved Privacy and Update controls as promised by the company, especially with granular app permissions.
- Improved Windows Defender Security Center
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has now started to roll out to the public after months of Insider testing. Similar to the Anniversary Update and then the Creators Update, this will be another update sent out in multiple phases. "Based on our experience and feedback from our customers, we believe a phased approach provides the highest quality update experience to the broadest set of customers," Microsoft had said earlier this year.
With this approach, the company rolls out the new Windows 10 editions to the newer devices first before releasing the update to others. If you are on Creators Update, you will also be prioritized before those on Anniversary or older versions receive this update.
If you, however, don't want to upgrade right away, Microsoft also allows you to delay the update or schedule it for later. Additionally, you can also set Active Hours to avoid it installing during your work time. More details and tips can be found in this post by Microsoft.
Download Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right away
Microsoft will be sending you notifications to update to Fall Creators Update, but not everyone will receive these notifications right away since this is a phased rollout. "The first phase will target newer devices, especially those we tested together with our OEM hardware partners," Microsoft had said. You can force download Fall Creators Update using the Update Assistant or by clean installing using the ISO files, which are finally live now.
In a statement to Wccftech, a company spokesperson said that the "devices running the Creators Update (1703) will be prioritized but later phases of the rollout will include devices on prior versions such Anniversary Update (1607)."
To check if you are in the first wave and can update right away, follow these steps:
- Head over to Settings > navigate to Update & security > Windows Update.
- On the Windows Update page, simply click Check for updates.
If you are an advanced user, you can find all the links and steps to force download Fall Creators Update over in this post: Two Ways to Manually Download and Install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update