What we know about the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Martin Brinkmann
May 11, 2017
Updated • May 22, 2018
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft announced the name for the next feature update for Windows 10 during the first day of the Build 2017 conference: It is the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

It is not the most ingenious of names, considering that the most recent feature update for Windows 10 was called the Creators Update already.

Microsoft wants to make it clear with the name that it will put a focus -- again -- on creating things in the next feature update for Windows 10.

First user responses on Twitter and elsewhere show that many are disappointed by the name, as they had hoped for something new instead.

More important than the name of the new feature update is what it will ship with. We already knew before Build 2017 that new features such as My People will likely find their way in the next version of Windows 10.

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Microsoft revealed several new or revived features that it plans for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

OneDrive Placeholders aka Files On-Demand

files on demand

Microsoft used placeholders some years ago for its SkyDrive/OneDrive service. These highlighted all files and folders on the local PC that were stored in the cloud regardless of whether the actual files were also on the PC.

Basically, what it did was allow you to see which files were available, and get those files downloaded quickly if you needed them. This saved disk space without omitting information on which files were available online.

The Files On-Demand feature works exactly like placeholders did. Select a file that is represented by a placeholder, and it will be downloaded automatically and then opened in the default program.

The new feature is said to work with personal and work OneDrive accounts, and with SharePoint Online team sites.

Verdict: very useful and damn time.

Cloud-enabled Clipboard

Clipboard functionality has not changed all that much in the past decade or so. This changes when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released, as Microsoft will release "Clipboard" with the operating system.

Clipboard enables users to copy and paste between connected devices and device types. So, you could copy a link on your desktop PC, and open it on your mobile phone, or on other devices running Windows 10.

This functionality is tied to the Microsoft Account. Microsoft customers may remind that of OneClip, a Microsoft Garage project that allowed you to copy and paste between devices and different operating systems.

This was pulled, but rumors suggested that Microsoft was working on integrating the feature directly into Windows 10.

Verdict: useful for (some) users, but hopefully opt-in, or at least with an option to turn it off.

Microsoft Timeline


Timeline allows users to go back in time to list applications that they have been working on. It is a visual timeline with search capabilities, and what is particularly useful about it is that it allows you to open these programs, files, or sites exactly the way you exited them the last time you used them.

Microsoft Timeline allows users to go back to a previous snapshot of the operating system, along with open programs, and documents. Basically, what it does is allow you to restore an earlier snapshot similar to how third-party programs have offered this functionality.

It is more powerful than system restore or backups in some regards, as it is like restoring a browser session, only that you are restoring the whole operating system.

Information on the feature is scarce at the moment. Does it work like Comodo Time Machine and other programs designed for the purpose? How fast is the process? Can you return an infected system to a non-infected state using it?

Verdict: Too early to tell. Could be really useful, or not.

Windows Story Remix

Windows Story Remix assists Windows 10 users in creating stories using photos and videos. It integrates with Groove Music and Remix 3D, and will create a base story automatically depending on the source materials that you provide it with.

One demo on the stage showed how the feature used videos from multiple parents to create a highlight reel.

Users may change music, filters and cuts, and Windows Story Remix features a simple and easy to use editor to customize the story further.

Fluent Design System

What was known until now as Project Neon is now know as Fluent Design System. It is a design language for Windows 10 that includes new elements and functions that developers may use.

Some Windows apps in the latest Windows 10 Redstone 3 Insider Builds feature design elements already. This is for instance the case for Groove and the Calculator.

Verdict: If you are not a fan of blur or animations, this is not for you

Other news of importance:

  1. Microsoft announced that iTunes will come to the Windows Store. Also Autodesk, Xamarin Live Player and SAP Digital Boardroom.
  2. Cortana will get a new feature that allows you to pick up where you left off, even on other devices and between PC and mobiles.
  3. Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE will be available through Windows Store. Users may install those though the Windows Store to make use of them when they run them on the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  4. Performance and responsiveness improvements for Microsoft Edge. One priority is getting rid of the small lag that you may get when you run tab operations such as opening or closing tabs. Also, Edge will get Fluent Design System touches.

Now You: What is your take on these new features?

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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):


  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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