Don't rush to install Windows 10 Creators Update


Microsoft says it will , aka version 1703, on Tuesday, April 11, to anyone who has not disabled updates. Windows Insider beta testers on the Fast Ring have had , since March 23, and if you know where to look (Microsoft’s or, if you are registered, from ), you can download Windows 10 Creators Update right now.

Don’t do it.

Given Microsoft’s recent history, chances are good there will be bugs that look like the mashup of the Keystone Kops and “Godzilla 2” that was , which included freezing and randomly disconnecting hard drives, failure of a widely used webcam, strange installation bugs, and tromped-on settings. Heaven help you if you tried to plug in a Kindle: The whole PC would freeze.

The is that the initial public releases are really public beta tests, meant to catch flaws that the Windows Insider beta program did not, where regular users get to experience the thrill of finding Windows bugs in real time. Microsoft officially calls this the Pilot phase of the deployment cycle (see diagram below). But it’s also misleadingly identified as Current Branch, which normal people interpret to mean “current safe version.”

about Creators Update features its 3D creation capabilities, its HoloLens support, the ability to chat while using your Xbox, and Edge’s faster rendering (which should appeal to the 4 percent of you who actually use Edge—no doubt, by default rather than by choice). Meh, meh, and more meh.

When I reviewed Windows 10 Creators Update, I found ; the ability to easily block forced updates may well be the top new feature. And yesterday we learned that the . Yes, on what Windows 10 Anniversary Update, aka version 1607, collected.) It’s anyone’s guess how much info you’re sending to Microsoft right now.


Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise: Choose Settings > Update & Security. Click Advanced Options and check the box marked Defer Feature Updates. That delays any updates until the Current Branch for Business version is released—that is, the safer version issued after the Pilot phase’s carnage subsides.

Windows 10 Home: Your choices aren’t as simple. If you connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection, you can set it to Metered, which halts automatic downloads of the huge update files. If you’re using an ethernet connection, Microsoft considers you fair game in the Pilot phase. But there are methods you can try to .

While you’re straightening out your own Windows 10 affairs, be sure to tell your friends. The rollout won’t happen overnight, but winter is coming, John Snow.

Commiseration continues on the .