Windows 10 has had its ups and downs, but one of the most exciting parts is Microsoft’s commitment to delivering regular updates. Updates mean new features, for free.

Following the Anniversary Update of summer 2016, Microsoft released the Creators Update to Windows 10 users on April 11, 2017.

What is the Windows 10 Creators Update?

The Windows 10 Creators Update is the most recent major update to the Windows 10 operating system.

As with all major Windows 10 updates, the Creators Update includes some new features, functionality improvements behind the scenes, some minor visual changes and general software fixes.

The most eye-catching feature is probably the update to classic Windows app Paint, which has gone very 21st century by enabling 3D image creation for the first time.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Edge has been made more productive, with a new tab management feature that makes organising and finding saved tabs easier when browsing the web.

A new feature for gamers, called Beam, also launched, which enables gamers to better live stream games and interact with other members of the community from their computer.

Finally, a new ‘night light’ feature was introduced to reduce blue light that has been linked to sleep disruption. Check out the video at the bottom of this article to find out more.

For a full lowdown of the new features from the Creators Update, click here.


When will the Windows 10 Creators Update be available?

The Creators Update is available now. Microsoft released the Creators update on April 11, 2017.

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How much will the Creators Update cost?

Nothing! If you’ve already got a genuine copy of Windows 10 installed, the Creators Update is free.


How do I download the Windows 10 Creators Update?

The Creators Update should have been automatically sent out to your PC via the usual Windows Update route. If it hasn't arrived yet, type Windows Update into the search bar and click Check for updates.


How to prepare your computer for the Windows 10 Creators Update

As with any update, you'll need to make sure you’ve got enough space to install the update.

Uninstall unused applications and use Windows 10’s built-in Disk Cleanup tool, by typing ‘Disk Cleanup’ into the search bar. For more tips check our feature: Seven easy ways to clean up your PC

The update may take some time to download and install, so don’t start it if you’ve got anything important planned using your PC.

What will follow the Creators Update?

Microsoft has already announced the follow-up to the Creators Update, officially known as the Fall Creators Update. Yet more new features and improvements will land on October 17, 2017.

To find out more about the Fall Creators Update, click here.

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