The Windows 10 Creators Update, after a flurry of beta builds and releases, has finally gone live — well, sort of. The update itself doesn't actually go live until Tuesday, April 11, but Microsoft is allowing anyone to download and install it immediately, if so they choose.
Microsoft announced last week via a blog post that it would let users update their PCs with the Windows 10 Creators Update manually days prior to the official rollout, so it's good to know that it's pedaling forward on its promise. If you can't wait for April 11 and you think you simply must install the update now, then read on.
How To Download The Windows 10 Creators Update
As per the official Windows blog discussing the update, all you need to do is use the Update Assistant. With it, you can manually request to download the update from Microsoft and have it installed hassle-free. If you don't already have Update Assistant, then visit Microsoft's official rollout announcement and look for the "Update Assistant" link, which should be a direct download. That's basically it.
The Creators Update carries the build number 15063.0, though there should be a small Cumulative Update arriving on April 11. Builds and previews of this update, however, have already been rolled out to those enrolled in the Insider Program. This is the first time that the Windows 10 Creators Update will be made available for users who have non-beta versions of Windows 10 installed.
How To Stop Receiving Preview Builds
For those who no longer want to receive updates but instead want to install the Windows 10 Creators Update once and for all, then simply go to the settings panel and elect to stop receiving Insider updates. If you choose so, you'll be asked if Microsoft should "Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release." Pick this option to receive previews of Cumulative Updates until the Creators Update officially rolls out on Tuesday. After which you'll only receive stable updates going forward. Getting off the train at this time might be opportune since Microsoft itself announced that upcoming Insider builds are going to be more bug-filled than usual.
The latest patch isn't much of a game-changer for those already privy to the bevy of features in the Creators Update, but it does bring 3D modeling to the classic Paint app, a Game Mode for optimum gaming experiences, and other gaming-related features that link Windows 10 and Xbox closer.
The next major Windows 10 update shouldn't arrive until after about six months, although builds will, of course, be released to Insiders as usual. Until then, if you want to try out the Creators Update before everyone gets hold of it, then you may do so. Check out our article on ways in which Microsoft has enhanced the Creators Update.
Have you manually installed the Windows 10 Creators Update? If so, then how's the experience so far? Feel free to share your thoughts about the update in the comments section below!