Which are your favorite features of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 2, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft will release the Fall Creators Update for the company's Windows 10 operating system on October 17th, 2017.

The update will introduce new features and improvements to Windows 10, and remove or deprecate some features as well.

We talked about the features that would likely be in the Fall Creators Update back in May 2017, and have a clearer picture now when it comes to those.

Microsoft postponed some features because they were not ready to be included in the coming feature update.

The company polls users about the features of the Fall Creators Update that they are most excited about, and I thought it would be a good idea to do the same here on Ghacks.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update features

windows 10 fall creators update

Without further ado, here are the new or improved features that Microsoft revealed in the poll:

  • OneDrive Files On-Demand -- View and access your OneDrive files in File Explorer without using disk space.
  • Pin contacts to the taskbar -- Pin three people to the taskbar for one-click access in communication apps.
  • Drag and drop files to share -- Share files with contacts that you pinned to the taskbar.
  • Touch keyboard on PC -- One-handed touch keyboard that supports shape writing, dictation, and enhanced text prediction.
  • Pin your favorite websites to the taskbar -- Use Microsoft Edge to pin any site to the taskbar.
  • Ransomware protections -- New security in Windows Defender Antivirus to protect against ransomware threats and other advanced threats.
  • Fluent design -- New user interface for Start, Action Center, Microsoft Edge and apps.
  • Connect to iPhone/Android -- Move a website or Office document that you view on your smartphone to the PC with one click.
  • Story Remix -- Create stories using your photos or videos, by adding 3D effects, soundtracks, themes and transitions.
  • Improved battery life with power throttling -- Throttle background apps to save as much as 11% power.
  • Currency converter in Calculator -- Convert currencies in Calculator, includes offline mode.
  • PDF-based forms in Microsoft Edge -- Make notes on PDF documents, and fill out PDF forms directly in Edge.
  • View Mixed Reality -- See 3D objects mixed with your surroundings.
  • Get web search results in Cortana without opening your browser -- Enhanced web search for Cortana that shows results directly on the desktop.
  • Better storage management -- Set download folder files to auto-delete after 30 days.
  • Support for 3D in Office apps -- Insert 3D objects into Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
  • Emoji 5.0 -- New emojis.
  • Improved pen experience -- New "find my pen" option, pen scrolling, and better content selection using pens.
  • New handwriting experience -- New handwriting panel gestures, more editing options, and improved handwriting recognition.
  • New gaming features -- Stream games using Mixer, and better performance in Game Mode.

My take:

I don't really see much on that list that gets me excited. Don't need anything that Microsoft tags with the "get creative" or "3D" tag for instance. I don't use Cortana, and don't pin websites or people to the taskbar.

This removes half the features from the list already. I don't use a pen on my desktop, and don't use touch either.

The features that I would pick, more because there is little left to choose from, are OneDrive Files On-Demand, Ransomware Protections, and maybe the currency converter in Calculator, mainly because it is available offline as well.

Now You: Which features are you or aren't you excited about?

Which are your favorite features of the Windows 10 Fall 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:

  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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