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Windows 10 Creators Update: New features, how to download, and everything else you need to know

While the Windows 10 Creators Update goes live on April 11, you can go ahead and force download the update right now. Here’s everything you need to know about the next major update.


In November last year, Microsoft announced the next major update for its Windows 10 operating system along with Surface Book i7, and Surface Studio AIO PC. Called Creators Update it brings a host of new features, bug fixes and performance improvements in tow. The update is set to become officially available for users starting April 11. However, if you can t wait till then, you can go ahead and force to download the update right now. Also Read - Microsoft rolling out new Office UI for all Windows users: How to enable it

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How to manually download Windows 10 Creators Update

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Unlike the usual process where you head over to Settings > Update & Security to check for updates, you ll need to use the Update Assistant tool to manually download the update. You can download the Windows Update Assistant tool from here. Once downloaded, install and run the program. It will check for the existing software version on your PC or laptop, and then ask if you want to download the update.

The download size is huge (about 3GB or more) and the amount of time taken to complete the download will depend on the speed of your internet connection. While the tool downloads the software update and prepares the installation, you can continue working by minimizing the Update Assistant tool. After the preparation is done, the tool will ask you to restart your PC or laptop to complete the installation. Do note, that it’s a lengthy process and will take about 45 minutes or more. ALSO READ: Surface Studio AIO PC, Surface Book i7 and everything you wanted to know about Microsoft s announcements

Alternatively, you can also download the Media Creation Tool here. It will allow you to download the ISO file, burn it on a DVD to make a clean install. You can even use the ISO file to copy on a USB flash drive and make a fresh install. ALSO READ: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tops world s richest list with $86 billion worth asset

Features of Windows 10 Creators Update

Paint 3D

Calling it all about creating and playing, Microsoft is aiming to bring 3D for everyone with the new Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft has also bundled Paint 3D app, which is a massive upgrade over the the decade-old Paint program. With Paint 3D, users can create 3D objects from scratch or turn any existing 2D picture into 3D.

paint 3d windows 10 creators update

What s more, the app also comes with integration, where users can not only choose to play around with pre-made 3D art from the online library, but also contribute to the community by sharing one of your own creation.

Night Light

This is now becoming a common feature on most smartphones, and now also available on PC. Night Light (or blue light filter) mode adds a yellow tint to your screen to reduce strain on eyes when working for long hours. You can find it under Setting > Display > Night Light.

windows 10 creators update night light

The feature can be set to turn on automatically based on sunset to sunrise, or you can manually turn it on and keep it active all the time. What s more, you can even adjust the color temperature based on your preference.

Game Mode, Streaming and more

One of the interesting features of the Windows 10 Creators Update is the Game Mode to improve the gaming performance. It makes gaming as the top priority to ensure you get the best performance and quality during the gameplay. You can access it by pressing the Windows logo key + G on your keyboard when playing the game.

windows 10 creators update gaming

Next, click on Settings icon and under General check the box that says Use Game Mode for this Game. However, it s not like you will get a gaming PC like performance on your average PC or laptop. Once the mode is selected, the system will optimize the gaming performance as much as it can.

windows 10 creators update gaming mode

Apart from this, you can also broadcast your game with Beam. You can access settings by heading over to Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting. There is also Game DVR option that lets you capture screenshots and record game clips.

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  • Published Date: April 6, 2017 8:04 PM IST

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