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 is releasing the Creators Update to Windows 10 users, which on April 11th is being rolled out to Windows 10 users around the world.

What is the Windows 10 Creators Update?

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

As with all major Windows 10 updates, the Creators Update will include 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 is going very 21st century by enabling 3D image creation for the first time.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Edge is being made more productive, with a new tab management feature that will make organising and finding saved tabs easier when browsing the web.

A new feature for gamers, called Beam, is also on the way, which Microsoft says will enable gamers to better live stream games and interact with other members of the community from their computer.

Finally, a new ‘night light’ feature is being 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 expected to land with the Creators Update, click here.


When will the Windows 10 Creators Update be available?

Microsoft has confirmed that the Creators Update will be rolled out to existing Windows 10 devices from April 11.

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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 will be automatically sent out to your PC via the usual Windows Update route, so you should see prompts appearing letting you know the update is available. Alternatively type Windows Update into the search bar and click Check for updates.

Don't worry if you don't get an alert, it may not land on your machine straight away on April 11 as there are millions of devices waiting in the queue with you.

Microsoft has also promised a smoother update cycle this time after a series of reports around the original Windows 10 update in 2015, when many users said the update surprised them and “forced” itself on to their machines, something that several claimed crashed their older devices.

This time, Microsoft said it is giving users more control over automatic updates – enabling them to schedule when the update downloads and installs.

If you're eager to get Windows 10 Creators Update straight away, you can just download it yourself from Microsoft's website. This process is called a clean installation. You can find out how it's done by following the instructions on this page, from step 4.


How to prepare your computer for the Windows 10 Creators Update

Start by making sure you’ve got enough space to install the update, at the moment we’re not sure how big it will be, but you will probably need to make some room.

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.

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