Windows 10 fans can download this huge upgrade now – here's how
The Windows 10 Creators Update is nearly here.
Microsoft’s next huge upgrade to Windows 10 is set for release within the next few weeks, promising a range of new improvements and services.
But although the Windows 10 Creators Update release date is not officially expected until next month, some lucky users may be able to get their hands on the new release now.
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It appears Microsoft is now looking to get Windows 10 users excited about Creators Update by advertising the download for the first time.
Following the release of last month’s Microsoft security update, a new option appears in the Windows Update pop-up menu, saying, “Good news! the Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way. Want to be one of the first to get it?”
Clicking on the accompanying link takes the user to a "Coming soon" web page which tells users that they can get an early look at the update by signing up for the Windows Insider Program.
Windows Insiders are the first to get access to new Microsoft releases, providing feedback and getting early previews of new software.
The Windows 10 Creators Update will be available as a free download
Users are able to install an early version of Windows 10 Creators Update now, although Microsoft is keen to point out this is not yet the finished version.
Once you become a member, open the Start menu and click on Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Programme.
This will ask you to reboot your PC, which once completed, will ask you to choose your Windows Insider level – select ‘Fast’ to be upgraded to the latest build of Windows 10, which includes Creators Update.
Once complete, you’ll receive an alert within the following 24 hours that a new update is available to download and install – this is the Creators Update.
There’s still no news on when exactly Windows 10 Creators Update will launch, but the new information suggests it won’t be long.
Rumours earlier this month suggested that the Windows 10 Creators Update was edging closer after Microsoft reportedly reached the final stage of development.
This comes ahead of an expected public release on April 11th, with sources saying that Microsoft is aiming for a “staggered rollout” of Windows 10 Creators Update throughout April.
The update is expected to be offered as a free download, much like past Windows 10 upgrades, but will most likely be several gigabytes in size.
Windows 10 Creators Update will be downloadable to any Microsoft-supported device
Windows 10 Creators Update is the company’s biggest upgrade for some time, following the previous Anniversary Update, released last year.
The upgrade will bring a number of media-friendly additions to the software, including major improvements to 3D modelling, virtual reality support, gaming, and social media.
Creators Update could also mark the beginning of Windows 10 as the central hub for your smart home.
The rumoured new 'Home Hub' software looks to take on the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home by creating a login-free desktop that shares resources between family members, including shopping lists and reminders.
The software would also help Windows 10 users sync and control connected home devices with voice commands to Cortana.
Cortana can now summon links for Microsoft Edge browser websites, documents in the cloud, and other recent work, whenever you move to a different PC, making working between computers much, much easier.
Windows 10 Creators Update will bring a number of exciting new features
However it’s not all good news, as reports have claimed that Windows 10 Creators Update will include more adverts than previous editions as Microsoft looks to make the most of its new product.
The new release will also reportedly bring back unstoppable automatic updates in its latest software.
This means that updates could be pushed out even when a computer is using metered internet access, meaning users could end up being charged for data they had never planned on using.
Microsoft confirmed the new feature saying: “We don’t plan to send large updates over metered connections, but could use this for critical fixes if needed in the future.”