Tip o’ the Week 374 – Creators Update arrives

this tip was originally sent in email inside Microsoft, on 7th April 2017


clip_image001“Redstone 2”. That’s the codename given to the latest update for Windows 10, which itself was codenamed “Threshold”. Following the previous updates TH2 (aka the November Update) and “Redstone” (the Anniversary Update, released about a year ago), RS2 is the latest – called Creators Update – which will arrive next week. More detail on what to expect in the update, here.

If you’d like to get access to the Creators Update before Tuesday next week, then you can download it in a number of ways beforehand – some home PC work for the weekend, perhaps?

  • clip_image002Run the Update Assistant on your PC – head over to the Download page and click the Update now button to download and install the update to your PC. This is the option to take if you’d like to keep everything as-is, but with the latest software.
  • To install on a new PC, or to flatten and reinstall on your existing machine, download the Media Creation Tool from the lower Download tool now button on the same page. This will allow you to either put the Windows installation on a bootable USB stick or else download an ISO file that could be burned to a DVD for installation. You may also be able to download & open the ISO file as a disk drive, and run the update from there.

clip_image003If you’d like to know where you’re at with your current Windows installation, try running (press WindowsKey+R) winver and you’ll see the version and build – the resulting RH2 release is version 1703, build 15063 and there are a variety of subversions which will increase in time, probably quickly, as minor updates are pushed out through Windows Update.

As you’d expect, there are further major updates being planned – RH3 is already being rumoured, and Windows Insiders will start getting post-RH2 builds fairly soon now. If you’ve been checking out RH2 on the Insiders program, make sure you know what’s coming, and decide if you want to stay in the program.

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