Windows 10 Creators Update is now universally available

Microsoft made some big changes to the way it handles updates with the release of April's Creators Update. Major updates moved to a staggered release guided by telemetry data received from users' PCs. Today, almost four months after the April 11 initial release date, the Windows 10 Creators Update is available to "all compatible devices." The software giant has also announced a plan to keep Windows and Office updates synchronized.

That "compatible devices" wording regarding the Creators Update deserves some attention. Microsoft is still clinging to its previous claim that Windows 10 will be the "last" Windows release, but systems will only receive updates for the "supported lifetime of the device." For systems based on Intel's Clover Trail Atom SoCs and the Imagination Technologies GPU held within, that supported lifetime is over. These machines will be stuck on Windows 10 Anniversary Update forever, though security updates to the Anniversary Update will be supplied to these systems until January 2023.

Microsoft is also moving Windows to a twice-per-year update model called the Semi-Annual Channel for the general PC population, matching the Office 365 ProPlus release cadence. This model replaces the existing Current Branch and Current Branch for Business scheduling, and targets biannual March and September releases to simplify deployment cycles. Both releases will be serviced for 18 months from their debut date. The Creators Update will be the first Semi-Annual Channel offering. System administrators can opt for the Long-Term Servicing Channel, which Microsoft says will see releases every two or three years, serviced for 10 years thereon.

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    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 2 years ago

    Anyone else having issues with ASIO drivers after the update, or specifically drivers for Focusrite interfaces? My Scarlett 2i2 has constant issues with system audio getting cut out, mostly in games. No such problems with the system’s normal audio outputs.

    Hopefully it’s just a matter of Focusrite releasing updated drivers.

    I’m also having an odd issue with Rocket League crashing if I try to alt-tab or use the Windows key to get to the desktop.

      • BladeRH
      • 2 years ago

      Ik own the Scarlett 6i6 1st gen and also had constant issues with drop outs and strange stuttering after Creator update. Cubase just stopped recording for no reason after 10 to 20 minutes. Last suppported drivers from 2014. I was assisted by support and ended up downloading the beta 1.9 b10 version. This mostly solved the issues but now I have random pops and clicks in Cubase.

      In the past I ran into Focusrite driver issues and was adviced to take a beta driver update including a firmware update. BEWARE! It made my problems worse with no way to roll back the firmware.

      I can only find the Scarlett driver support very poor and unreliable. I’m going to sell mine and never buy Focusrite again.

    • BIF
    • 2 years ago

    No problems here after about 4 months. But now I have to wrestle with feelings of inadequacy.

    I mean; now that I have “Creator’s version”, I feel like I should be working on that Great American Novel, or my screen play about some people who discover a thing in a field, under another thing, and now they have to save the world before everybody dies.

    Or maybe I should be wrapping up my 14 hour Rock Opera/Saga.

    Or producing mass-quantities of paintings, sculptures, or motorcycles.

    Sigh.

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 2 years ago

      You know what your problem is? You’ve got too many “ORs”.
      You have the [b<][i<]"Creator's version"[/i<][/b<]! It's all or nothing! Do or do not! Go big or go home! [i<]Hope that helps with your "[b<]feelings[/b<] of inadequacy".[/i<]

        • Ummagumma
        • 2 years ago

        So it’s something like: “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”??

    • TwoEars
    • 2 years ago

    I just want my MS Paint back, it was basic but it was fast and I knew every damn trick it had. It may sound funny but Paint and Photoshop actually synergized quite well.

      • EzioAs
      • 2 years ago

      It’s not like Paint is gone

    • LoneWolf15
    • 2 years ago

    If by “available” you mean “Forced on my Win10 Pro laptop that had Defer Upgrades enabled”, yes, you are correct.

      • ET3D
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, that’s what happened to me. Although apart from the long update time, which was a little annoying, I don’t have a problem with getting this update.

    • LostCat
    • 2 years ago

    I saw more issues with Intel drivers than anything else. That was probably the holdup.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Still an unbelievable number of unacceptable Start Menu/Cortana/Search failures on this version. I think it’s better (but I know it’s not perfect) when logged in with a Microsoft account or local account, but using a domain account is still just catastrophic. I have yet to see a W10 domain machine work without total start/search failures in any of the three domain environments I support behave itself for more than a month or two.

    C’mon Microsoft. Fix the damn start menu already! There are so many problems with it that even Googling for fixes is now getting confusing for your average Joe.

    • CuttinHobo
    • 2 years ago

    So both mainstream desktop operating systems stop at version number 10? Is 10 a lucky number or do they just like it because it’s binary?

    Translated for our Skynet overlords:

    01010011 01101111 00100000 01100010 01101111 01110100 01101000 00100000 01101101 01100001 01101001 01101110 01110011 01110100 01110010 01100101 01100001 01101101 00100000 01100100 01100101 01110011 01101011 01110100 01101111 01110000 00100000 01101111 01110000 01100101 01110010 01100001 01110100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01110011 01111001 01110011 01110100 01100101 01101101 01110011 00100000 01110011 01110100 01101111 01110000 00100000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01110110 01100101 01110010 01110011 01101001 01101111 01101110 00100000 01101110 01110101 01101101 01100010 01100101 01110010 00100000 00110001 00110000 00111111 00100000 01001001 01110011 00100000 00110001 00110000 00100000 01100001 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00100000 01101110 01110101 01101101 01100010 01100101 01110010 00100000 01101111 01110010 00100000 01100100 01101111 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 01111001 00100000 01101010 01110101 01110011 01110100 00100000 01101100 01101001 01101011 01100101 00100000 01101001 01110100 00100000 01100010 01100101 01100011 01100001 01110101 01110011 01100101 00100000 01101001 01110100 00100111 01110011 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00111111

      • Redocbew
      • 2 years ago

      They’re stopping at ten because they can’t take it to eleven.

        • CuttinHobo
        • 2 years ago

        Ohhhh. Time to create yet another fork of Linux and call it Spinal Tap OS 11.

        … Or last least Sharpie a Windows [s<]10[/s<] 11 retail box.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 2 years ago

    I’m not certain the universe is ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update.

      • CuttinHobo
      • 2 years ago

      You aren’t ready to meet your Creator………………s Update?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    [s<]That last paragraph outlines some really good changes. Let regular people (outside of enterprise, who previously were the only ones allowed to go on a build for a long time) get on long-term support builds and let everyone else get on the semi-annual train (and then the real bleeding edge still gets Insider Previews).[/s<] I can't read. MS isn't doing what I thought they were but they ABSOLUTELY SHOULD

      • tsk
      • 2 years ago

      That will only work for Windows 10 Enterprise.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        Sigh. System administrators. I read what I wanted to the first time. 🙁

          • tsk
          • 2 years ago

          It’s unfortunate, I’d put everyone in my family on the LTS version if I could.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            same here. I was thinking it’d be perfect for my parents and in-laws, especially.

            • Demetri
            • 2 years ago

            One gotcha I’ve found with the LTSB version is since you’re not getting the content updates, the version number stays the same, and Nvidia locks their drivers to the newer version numbers of Windows10. So I actually can’t install GTX 10 series drivers at all. MS does put out new versions of LTSB with the content updates that you can get as an ISO, but you have to re-install.

      • psuedonymous
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]but they ABSOLUTELY SHOULD[/quote<] Unless you have your won support department available, normal consumers really should not be on the LTSC branch. Even if security updates were enforced (and consumers absolutely should have forced security updates. Every OS release for the past few decades has demonstrated this needs to happen for herd immunity), the lack of feature updates is going to start biting you in the arse within 6-12 months when the LTSC branch diverges from the current branch everyone else is using. Unless the applications and utilisation of the device is static (e.g. kiosk use), a static OS is not the right choice.

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    When I tried installing it two months ago it gave me several issues, so I had to roll back. Hoping everything will run smoothly this time.

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