After announcing the next major update for Windows 10 operating system in November last year, Microsoft finally started the official worldwide rollout. Called Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has included a bunch of new features, along with bug fixes and performance improvements to improve your computing experience. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this categoryAlso Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
According to recent numbers from Microsoft, Windows 10 has been installed on over 500 million devices across the globe, and with the current update, the company aims to boost the numbers even further. With new features on Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is focusing on the design and media industry. The update is completely free to download, and also brings in much needed features for gamers to improve their gaming experience. Excited to know about to download and learn about the new features? Here s everything you need to know. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
How to download Windows 10 Creators Update
There are two ways to update – you can click on Start > Settings > Update & Security and click on update now. This will check for available updates and give you a download now button. However, as it is a phased rollout happening globally, it may take some time before the update reaches the laptop or PC in your timezone.
Alternatively, you can force download the Windows Update Assistant tool from here and run the program. It will download the latest updates in the background while you continue working. Once the update is prepared for installation, the tool will notify you to restart your PC or laptop. Do note that the update is about 3GB in size, and once downloaded, the installation takes about an hour to complete. ALSO READ: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tops world s richest list with $86 billion worth asset
For those who don t want to update, but make a clean install instead, can download the Media Creation Tool from here. Using this tool, you can download the update in the form of ISO file and either burn it on a DVD or make a bootable flash drive to format all data and make a fresh install. In case you are going for a clean install, do remember to take a backup of all your important files, and have all the drivers handy.
Windows 10 Creators Update New Features
At the time of announcing the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft said it s all about creating and playing, and to do so, it is brings 3D for everyone. As a part of the update, Microsoft has bundled a new Paint 3D app that will allow you to create 3D objects and also turn your existing pictures from 2D to 3D. Users can use the Surface Pen on touchscreen Windows 10 devices such as laptops, tablets, Surface Pro and Surface Book devices to create designs and objects.
Microsoft has also introduced a new online community called Remix3D. You can download existing 3D models from the website and also share your design with the community. What s more, you can even print your 3D creations from Paint 3D and Minecraft. However, Remix3D community isn t accessible from India, yet.
Microsoft has made tab management easier on its Edge browser with the new Creators Update. The new tab management system now helps you reduce clutter by setting tabs aside. You can do this with the help of a new button on the top left corner, just besides add new tab button.
These tabs will be saved as new group, and you can restore them whenever you want. There is also an option where you can add these tabs to favorite and share them over emails.
Another interesting feature coming as a part of the update is tab preview where the Edge browser loads the tabs in the background and offers a preview of the web page when you hover the cursor over it.
Night Light is another interesting addition that adds a yellow tint to the display to keep the bluelight away, and thus reduce the strain from your eyes, even when you re working for long hours. You can find this under Setting > Display > Night Light.
What makes it even more interesting is that you can turn it on manually, or set to turn it on automatically based on the sunset and sunrise time in your time zone. Microsoft is also giving you the flexibility to adjust the color temperature based on your preferences.
Game Mode and Streaming
A dedicated game mode and game streaming is a feature gamers have been waiting for long. According to Microsoft, the mode helps to improve the gaming performance by giving the game a top priority, while ensuring programs in the background don t hog resources.
The mode can be activated by pressing the Windows logo key + G on your keyboard. On the right end, you have a Settings icon in which you need to select Use Game Mode for this game under General tab.
Besides improving the gaming performance, there is also a new feature called Beam using which you can broadcast your game, just like you do using Twitch. You can access it heading over to Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting. The same is also available by pressing Windows logo key + G.
Microsoft has also included a Game DVR option where you can record your game clips and capture screenshot. The Game DVR not only works when playing games, but also works when you are doing usual tasks. So, for instance, you can even record clips when you are browsing a website, or streaming videos over YouTube, writing on Office documents and more. Basically, the feature acts like a native screen capture tool, which is a very nice addition.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has also made it easier to setup your PC or laptop with voice commands using Cortana. We have already downloaded the update on our PC and will be testing it over the next few days. Have you upgraded your PC or laptop to the latest Creators Update yet? If you have already installed it, let us know how you re finding the update in the comments section below.