More than five months after its grand unveiling last October, the Windows 10 Creators Update is finally hereâ€”and the wait was worth it.
Following in the footsteps of last Augustâ€™sÂ sweeping Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the Creators Update tweaks and tunes the core Windows 10 experience while heaping on a pile of handy all-new features. While PCWorldâ€™sÂ comprehensive Windows 10 Creators Update reviewÂ contains detailed impressions of Microsoftâ€™s refreshed operating system, hereâ€™s a higher-level look at what you need to know about the Creators Update.
How do I get it?
Just sit tight! The Windows 10 Creators Update starts rolling out to the general public on April 11 via the standard Windows Update process, just like every other Windows 10 update. Thereâ€™s no way for home users to opt out of the upgrade.
That doesnâ€™t necessarily mean youâ€™ll receive it today, however; theÂ Anniversary Update took about four monthsÂ to propagate to 80 percent of Windows 10 users. Microsoft prioritizes newer PCs with optimal specs for Windows 10 first. If youâ€™re the impatient type, you canÂ manually kick off the Creators Update installationÂ by using Microsoftâ€™sÂ Update Assistant. (Warning: Clicking that link will download an executable file for the Update Assistant to your PC.)
So whatâ€™s the big deal?
Microsoft releases two major Windows 10 updates each year, and the Creators Update is the first of those.
It includes some helpful quality-of-life changes, such as a high-level privacy dashboard, an easier setup process, and usability tweaks to various settings and features throughout theÂ operating system. The Creators Update also packs in new goodies, the most notable beingÂ the Paint 3D app, native video game-streaming, aÂ Game ModeÂ that improves gaming performance, and EdgeÂ support for native ebooksÂ andÂ 4K Netflix streams. And, oh yeah! Themes are back and better than ever.
Seriously, thereâ€™s a lot of stuff in the new-look Windows 10. Check out PCWorldâ€™s roundup ofÂ the Creators Updateâ€™s best new featuresÂ for much, much more.