Less than 2 weeks after the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update; Microsoft has resumed public testing of the next update to Windows 10, called the Creators Update Version 1703. Microsoft released the first build of Windows 10 Redstone 2 on August 12, 2016. Windows 10 Creators Update focuses on creativity, collaboration and sharing. The new version of Windows 10 includes a redesigned Paint app focused on creating 3D content. Users can easily collaborate and communicate with family, friends and work colleagues. This FAQ will help keep you updated with its progress and feature additions as we approach the final release in Spring 2017.
Be sure to check out our previous FAQ's for Windows 10.
- Frequently Asked Questions Windows 10 Anniversary Edition version 1607
- Frequently Asked Questions Windows 10 version 1507 and 1511
What is Windows 10?
Windows 10 is the name for Microsoft’s current client operating system.
What is Windows 10 Creators Update?
Windows 10 Creators Update is the next major release of Windows 10, currently in development.
What is Windows 10 Redstone 2?
Redstone 2 is the codename for Windows 10 Creators Update. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was previously code named Redstone 1. Windows 10 November Update was called Threshold 2 and 1507, Threshold.
When will Microsoft release Windows 10 Creators Update?
Microsoft says the update will become available in the spring of 2017
How do I download the Windows 10 Creators Update?Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703 ISO Files Now Available for Download
How can I install the Windows 10 Creators Update?
What are the system requirements for testing Windows 10 Creators Update?
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, here’s what it takes.
Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
For Windows 8.1, see the following article:
For Windows 7, see the following article:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
How can I check if my computer is compatible with the Windows Creators Update?
How can I prepare my computer for the Windows Creators Update?12 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703)
Is Internet Explorer still included in the Windows 10 Creators Update?
Is Windows Media Player still included in the Windows 10 Creators Update?
What are the removed features in the Windows 10 Creators Update?
See:Microsoft Publishes List of Deprecated or Removed Features in Windows 10 Creators Update
What are the some of the new features in Windows 10 Creators Update?
Windows 10 Creators Update focuses on creativity, collaboration, sharing and 4K gaming.
- Create three dimensional imagery using Paint 3D which you can share with the Remix 3D community or on your favorite social network.
- Reduce the impact of blue light on your eyes and sleeping patterns using Night Light.
- Use Dynamic Lock to secure your computer using a bluetooth enabled smart phone.
- Manage the security, health and performance of your computer in one centralized location using Windows Defender Security Center.
- Customize your Start menu in new ways by creating folders for apps and games; hide Start when accessing All Apps.
- Personalize your Windows 10 experience even more color and theme options.
- Spin up virtual machines even faster using Hyper-V Quick Create.
New Multi-Touch Gestures for Precision Touchpad
- Improved Inking Features
The new Paint 3D app is quite different from the old Paint application; are there any reference guides to get up to speed?Reference Guide for Microsoft Paint 3D
What are some of the improvements and features in Microsoft Edge?
Snooze in Microsoft Edge: We know you all love when we get creative with you, so we have added an experimental “Snooze” action on a tab in Microsoft Edge which provides you with a way to set a Cortana reminder on the website you are viewing. People often keep tabs open in their browser indefinitely as a “to do” list, and do not close those tabs until the action associated with that website is complete. This feature lets you put a site into a Cortana reminder that will show up as a notification and in Action Center, allowing you to quickly open that site in Microsoft Edge when you’re ready to get back to it.
New Extensions in Microsoft Edge: We’re working with partners on adding new extensions before and want our Insiders to try them out first! We have two new releases which we need your help testing and giving feedback on before we publish them to the general public. TamperMonkey is a popular userscript manager that lets users customize the content of pages across the web. Microsoft Personal Shopping Assistant is your smart shopping cart across the web, which collects your browsed products and lets you get price alerts for saved products and compare products between sellers. You can install these at the links above and try them out on any Development Branch build – send feedback to the Feedback Hub or @MSEdgeDev on Twitter.
Export favorites from Microsoft Edge: We have added the ability for you to export your favorites from Microsoft Edge to an HTML file. Just click the “More” icon at the top right (the three dots), choose “Settings”, then “View favorites settings” and you will see the new option.
Making pin login easier: Ever tried to enter your pin, only to discover the numbers you’ve been typing are nowhere to be seen because Num Lock was off? We’re happy to announce that that will no longer happen! With this build, regardless of your Num Lock state, numbers will be input if you’re typing into the pin password field. Let us know what you think!
Maps App Update: The Maps app was updated to version 5.1609.2580.0+ last week. You can now you can check the traffic to your Home or Work locations at any time by tapping the Traffic icon in the app bar. You will see traffic conditions to Home and Work and your most recently viewed traffic cameras so that you can stay on top of the road conditions along your route. Additionally, the Maps app now follows your system setting for theme preference for light or dark mode. And you can choose to change the map theme too!
Send SMS with Skype: You can now try out sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages directly from a Windows 10 PC when Skype on their Windows 10 Mobile phone is set as the default messaging app. Give it a try and let us know what you think. For more details, see this blog post from the Skype Team.
Native support for USB Audio 2.0: We now have native support for USB Audio 2.0 devices with an inbox class driver! This is an early version of the driver that does not have all features enabled, for e.g.: only playback (render) is supported with this version. Recording (capture) support is scheduled to arrive in later iterations, follow instructions in this blog post to switch to using the inbox class driver.
- Photos now has a horizontal navigation bar that makes it easier to view memories by Albums and Folders.
- Let your photo collection shine! We’ve got a new, light viewing mode for your pics. You can always go back to the dark theme in settings.
- When viewing photos in full screen, we’ve added new animations in and out of the Collection view, making it easier to keep track of where you are browsing.
- See individual photos more quickly with your mouse—and now we support full screen.
Plus, the Photos app is now available on your Xbox One! Show off a slideshow of all your OneDrive photos in your living room. Simply make sure you are signed in with your Microsoft account to see all your OneDrive photos on the big screen.
Outlook Mail & Calendar Update (PC & Mobile): We have updated the Outlook Mail and Calendar apps to 17.7466.4062x.0.. This update introduces a few new things for you to check out:
- You can now open email messages in a new window.
- You can now use Quick Actions directly from new email notifications.
- Get someone’s attention with @mentions. Type the @ symbol anywhere in the body of your email and start typing to pick the person you want to address.
Context Awareness in Narrator (PC): As you navigate around, you can be notified about different groups or other areas you move to, such as groups in the Office ribbon. To configure the amount of context you hear, cycle through options with ALT + Caps Lock + /. To change whether the context is read before the item with focus or after, use CTRL + Caps Lock + /. To check the context at any point. Press Caps Lock + D twice.
Simplified, more familiar camera interface (PC & Mobile): The Camera app received a big update this week for Insiders. We’ve redesigned the Camera interface for ease and accessibility. Check out some of our new features:
- Enjoy taking photos, videos, and panoramas with our higher-contrast capture buttons.
- Set a photo timer right from the camera dashboard with our new toggle control.
- Get to Settings faster! Now, launch into Settings directly from the camera UI.
- Access your camera roll with one hand from its new spot on the screen.
- Zoom more easily with the new zoom slider.
- Make sure you nailed the shot, with a more noticeable capture animation.
- Change between front- and rear-facing cameras with a more prominent button control.
- On PC, use the spacebar as a shortcut to take pictures.
You can now experience the magic of living images on your Surface, now enabled on Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3! With living images, extend your still captures with a snippet of video. These are created automatically whenever your shots feature motion—just navigate to Settings and turn on Capture living images.
And this release features a variety of performance improvements to enhance your experience. We’ve added faster shot-to-shot support, improved feedback for saving large videos to SD cards, and improved camera startup time, among other improvements.
Simplifying your developer experience (PC): We’ve done some underlying work, and now you’ll no longer have to reboot your PC after turning on Developer Mode! This means that you can start using Device Portal and Device Discovery as soon as the Windows Developer Mode package has finished installing, rather than having to reboot first.
Narrator improvements: This build includes a number of improvements to Narrator including multiple fixes to continuous reading when used in tables and on web pages, a fix for the Caps Lock + W reading experience so dialogs and other elements are read correctly again, and a fix so that reading hint text does not interrupt the reading of information by Narrator but comes after the main information is read. And Narrator now properly indicates when it is exiting.
Windows Subsystem for Linux: Today we are happy to announce two large updates to WSL!
- Official Ubuntu 16.04 support. Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) is installed for all new Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
Are there any tutorials how to setup a partition or virtual machine?
Starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can take advantage of the new Digital License activation mechanism, which permits installation of additional copies of Windows on a separate partition.
Review instructions how to configure a virtual machine using Hyper-V or Oracle Virtualbox:
I have successfully setup a partition or virtual machine with another copy of Windows 10, how do I download and install Creators Update?
Click Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program > click in the Choose your Insider Level list box, then select Fast. Please note, you must have upgraded from a genuine, activated Windows 7 or Windows 10 license in order to do this or consider purchasing a full license.
Windows 10 Creators Update might take some time to appear in Windows Update, give it approximately 24 to 36 hours.
Will there be a Windows 10 Creators Update for Mobile?
I don't like Windows 10 Creators Update and would like to go back to my previous version of Windows; how can I do so?