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Get Ready to Upgrade: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Launches October 17, 2017

The next version of Windows 10 called the Fall Creators Update or version 1709 is coming October 17th 2017. Find out whats new and how to prep for it.

Microsoft has just announced the official launch date of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: October 17th, 2017. The new version is a continuation of the spring Creators Update release. Hero features in version 1709 include Mixed Reality, allowing users to participate in immersive 3D experiences using head sets, and Story Remix, a new, fun way, to edit videos and add 3D effects.

Users will also see improvements to areas such as inking, which lets you annotate PDFs and create smart objects. OneDrive gets a major update, too, with the return of Files On-Demand, so you can efficiently manage your local storage.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Version 1709 Coming Oct. 17

There are a number of new features to look forward to in the Fall Creators Update.  Game Mode, first introduced in version 1703, has been updated with a new button that takes full advantage of your PC’s processing power. Windows Defender keeps getting better too, with cloud intelligence built in, constantly monitoring your system against potential attacks and exploits.

Here is what Terry Myerson – Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group had to say at the IFA Consumer Electronics Tradeshow in Berlin, Germany:

The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday. Source

The Fall Creators Update will be released through regular channels such as Windows Update, Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, Start Fresh and ISO files from the Software Download page. As with all feature updates, it does not guarantee the new version will work with your system. Before you upgrade, make sure you follow our 12-step guide which contains many tips to get your system prepped.

Microsoft recently confirmed, systems with Intel Clover Trail processors, will not support versions 1703 and later; but the Anniversary Update will continue to be supported for such systems until January 2023. Coincidentally, version 1703 will be launched on the same day Microsoft retires version 1511. Users running the November Update will need to move up to at least 1607 to continue receiving support. Microsoft recently defined support for feature updates as 18 months from release.

So, are you excited, fatigued or jaded about the new version? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts; drop a line in the comments.


10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Ziggy  

    When will this eternal upgrading ever end? I’ve finally got things working to a tee and I’m loathe to upgrade once more, considering I’m running “oldish” pc’s with the Creator’s edition.

    Looks like I’ll have to pull out my bag of tricks to stop this one until I’m caught unawares and Microsoft get their way again!

    Does anyone know how to permanently stop these upgrades? Yes I’ve used the Hide Updates Tool but even that isn’t guaranteed to work.

    • Its the reality of using Windows 10, its not defined as a Service. You could maybe disable Windows Update, but thats a bit drastic. Another option would be if you are running Windows 10 Pro, you can defer it for up to a year through Group Policy.

    • Ernest Dutra  

      I’m with you, Ziggy: My three machines – two of which are four-years-old laptops – are chugging along just fine, thank you. I cringe at the thoughts of any upgrades affecting these “antiques”. UGH!

      Unlike you, at my age of 74, my “bag of tricks” were depleted years ago!!! And I certainly don’t have the patience or TIME to fiddle around fixing some glitch that may be created with a free upgrade from benevolent Microsoft engineers, who seem to be unable to take “No” for an answer.

      Ernie

      • Dr Abdul Rasheed  

        I am there with you because I am 70+ now, and a practicing Anesthesiologist
        Dr. K. A. Rasheed

  2. beergas  

    So far the updates have gone ok for me. Did have to use a third party method to force MBR to GPT – MBR remained from the Windows 8.1 version and figured time to do that. That switch went well just requiring couple changes in new bios to get it to run as GPT. Fortunately the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade will have a built in method to do this. Slight performance boost mainly in boot up speed. Overall letting the upgrades be done automatically from MS rather than ISO or other methods has been smooth.
    Just do check that an Upgrade hasn’t reverted anything regarding security settings like if you adjusted UAC only to find it back to MS levels. Mainly though all the things come around ok. Just plan for a little look see time and don’t do any checking under time pressures.

  3. Wayne Ruppersburg  

    Hey Andre,

    Any suggestions on the preferred method of installing 1709…coming soon…I did clean install 1703 in May 2017.

    Do you suggest using 1709 installation media and performing an upgrade within File Explorer or simply waiting for Windows Update to perform this automatically?

    Clean install, by booting from 1709 installation media, would be silly and unnecessary…right?

    Wayne

    • I personally recommend downloading the ISO file then performing an offline upgrade.

  4. Wayne Douglas  

    I Allowed the MS 1703 Upgrade? in 05/2017; and it ‘defected’ to a required login at boot. It (or subsequent software updates) caused DuckDuckGo configuration to return to default each time Vivaldi-Snapshot started. I ran Windows 10 Reset; however, I still had same problems so I downloaded the ISO and performed a clean install. Now I log in automatically and DuckDuckGo configuration is good. This clean install worked in my case; but in your case the MS Upgrade may work excellently.

  5. Tony  

    Will Windows 10 Creator work with antivirus software like Vipre, Malwarebytse and SuperAntispyware Free Edition. It did not specify these software packages in your 12-step guide.

  6. danay  

    Like many others, I’ve begun to dread these updates. After years of updates going well for me, twice in the past year things haven’t gone well. The last update has caused Edge to stop working, and I was sure glad I had kept Internet Explorer. I had hoped that given time, whatever the problem was would be fixed, but it’s been weeks now, and no go.

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