My take on the Windows 10 Creators Update

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 26, 2016
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft revealed the name of the upcoming Windows 10 update today; the Windows 10 Creators Update will be out in 2017 (likely March).

The company revealed several upcoming features of Windows 10 Creators Update today. While those events get me excited usually, this one in particular did not.

Remember the 3D Builder app that Windows 10 ships with? The announcement felt a lot like that app. Interesting, but nothing that I will ever make use of.

I'm not the role model of all Windows 10 users, and it is certainly the case that users will find some or even all of the new features and improvements useful.

Windows 10 Creators Update

new microsoft paint

Lets take a look first at what Microsoft revealed today.  The first new feature put the focus on 3D which Microsoft said is "for everyone". The company highlighted the new Paint application which we covered a while ago, and demonstrated how to take 3D Photos and use them in Paint and other applications such as Minecraft or PowerPoint, and how easy it is for users to share their 3D creations on Facebook.

3D images can also be viewed with Hololens. Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update will be compatible with various VR masks created by companies like Dell, HP, Asus, Lenovo and Acer.

The second feature that Microsoft revealed focused on gaming, or more precisely on game broadcasting.

Microsoft plans to ship the Windows 10 Creators Update with native game broadcasting (powered by Beam which Microsoft acquired in August). Windows 10 gamers may use it to stream videos of games that they play, making things easier than they are currently.

Another new gaming related feature is the ability to create custom gaming tournaments. The feature is called Arena and part of Xbox Live.

The third new feature is a concentration on human connections and people. This leaked earlier as well, and what it does basically is add face icons of important key people to the Taskbar.

You can share files with those people using drag and drop, or interact with them in other ways directly from the taskbar.

My Take

What Microsoft revealed today is likely just a tiny fraction of what is coming with the Creators Update. At least, I hope that is the case as the features that were highlighted are of no use to me.

The 3D feature may appeal to some users, but I doubt that it has mass market appeal. This may change in the future but I cannot see this getting a lot of traction in the coming years.

Game streaming is popular and Microsoft could grab a share of the market if it does it right. Not something that I will use personally but I can see it become popular with part of the gaming community.

It all depends on game and platform support, monetization options, speed, reliability, performance, game support and a lot more. Considering that some games suggest to turn of the DVR functionality of Windows 10 to avoid performance drops in games, it is an area that Microsoft needs to improve a lot before it has a chance to become mainstream or a contender.

The People in the Taskbar feature is not my cup of tea either. Not only is it a bit creepy if some people look at you all the time -- think of your mum watching you doing things on the PC -- it is also just a shortcut to interact with people.

I can see this being useful in a business context where you may be in contact with a small group of people regularly. Still, this is not something that I plan to use and I hope there are options to turn these features off.

Now You: What's your take on the features revealed for the Windows 10 Creators Update?

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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