What would you like to see in the Windows 10 September 2017 feature update?

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 21, 2017
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

The Creators Update is still being rolled out to users. Anyone who wanted it desperately probably has it as this point in time, and hopefully did not run into too many issues during or after the upgrade.

Microsoft started work on the next feature update for Windows 10 already, and Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring got the first builds already on their machines that they can play around with. Not much to see though there currently, but this is going to change.

We know only a couple of features and improvements that Microsoft plans to land in the update that runs under the Redstone 3 codename.

This article is therefore about what I would like to see in the Windows 10 feature update that is targeted for a September 2017 release.

Feature 1: Simple on/off switches

I know, telemetry is useful according to Microsoft, and it probably is to a degree. Privacy is a hot topic however, and Microsoft adds to the confusion by restricting information -- it just revealed what data Telemetry collects in the Creators Update -- and by changing privacy setting and preferences with every feature update.

That's not the only section of Windows 10 that is plagued by this. Windows Update too is in serious disarray. Features get removed, added, changed, and a lack of control over updates is apparent.

I get it that systems benefit from being up to date, especially when it comes to security patches, but giving users an option, is the right thing to do in my opinion.

So, simply on or off switches for privacy and Windows Updates are my number one feature.

Feature 2: End the Control Panel / Settings application confusion

Having to juggle between the Control Panel and Settings application ever since Windows 10 was released results in a bad user experience.

Users miss clarity, especially since preferences get moved around frequently, and renamed, so that it becomes difficult to keep an overview about what is where in Windows 10.

I want a central location for all preferences. This will be the Settings application, as Microsoft has no plan to keep the Control Panel around for longer than it absolutely has to. Still, it is almost two years after the release of Windows 10, and users still have to juggle between Control Panel and Settings application.

Feature 3: Slow down on the recommendations/suggestions/ads

There is a reason why users don't use certain programs, or use them. If a user made the deliberate decision to use Firefox or Chrome, and not Microsoft Edge, it is quite the affront to recommend Edge in the Start Menu, or on the taskbar.

At the very, very least, add a simple on/off switch that turns off all past, current and future advertising efforts on the system.

Use blog posts to highlight advantages of your programs, but please, keep the operating system clean.

Feature 4: Open up Edge extensions for all developers

There are only 27 extensions available for Microsoft Edge in Windows Store more than half a year after the introduction of extension support.

I don't know whether developer interest is really that low, or if Microsoft limits releases. I cannot imagine that it is the former, and think the latter is more likely.

Edge needs extensions to compete on an eye to eye level with Chrome. What about the purported feature to install Chrome extensions in Edge? Nothing was ever heard of it again it seems.

Feature 5:  Add controls to properly remove or move any default application

You can uninstall some of the applications that Windows 10 ships with using the Apps section in the Settings application. Others cannot be uninstalled this way however, and the Move apps option worked for a short period of time but has been inactive for the most part of its existence.

While you can remove apps using PowerShell, or add them again in case you made a mistake, it would be the user friendly thing if those options would be right in the Settings UI.

You may throw warning messages for important apps that other applications or features may depend on, but unless you remove the PowerShell options to remove application packages, users will continue to use it to remove apps. An officially sanctioned and probably also safer way would improve the user experience significantly.

Closing Words

Generally speaking, I would like to see a return to more user control over their computer systems running Windows 10. Also, I'd like confusion to end in regards to managing preferences and features using the Control Panel and Settings application.

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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:

  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):


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