Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now available to all users

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now available to all users

Microsoft also rolled out a new build for those testing early versions of Windows 10 under the Insider Program. With a strong emphasis on bringing Mixed Reality experiences to the masses, the Fall Creators Update has now reached full availability.

The announcement came slightly short of three months after the October 17, 2017, debut of Fall Creators Update, better known to corporate customers as 1709 in Microsoft's yymm nomenclature. If a device does not match the characteristics that Microsoft selected, it won't get the update through Windows Update immediately. The company also claimed the update had the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all Windows 10 updates to date. We then monitor feedback for issues around application and device compatibility and make adjustments along the way, if necessary.

Windows 10 users can also manually install the Fall Creators Update by heading to Microsoft's software download site and clicking Update Now. Actively listening for and responding to issues as they emerge helps us confidently expand the release to additional devices while maintaining a quality experience.

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Microsoft plans to release the next feature update for Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1803, around March/April of 2018. Because these vulnerabilities start at the processor level, however, having the latest Windows operating system (OS) updates is not sufficient to be fully protected; you will also need to install related firmware updates from your device manufacturer. Users with Windows 7 or 8.1 product keys may still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. During that time Microsoft recommends that IT admins test the update on a limited number of machines, to prepare for a wider rollout. If you're running the Anniversary Update (version 1607) or Creators Update (version 1703), we'll send you a reminder that the feature update is ready to install. This notification allows the user to request that Windows remind them again later, install the update now, or schedule a time to install it.

All Windows 10 users should make sure to install the Fall Creators Update in order to benefit from the security updates that were made available since its release. Enterprises that run Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or WSUS, or a third-party update-and-patch platform (which in turn rely on WU), can, of course, roll out 1709 to PCs at IT's discretion any time after that.

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