Windows 10 has changed quite a bit since it was first released in July 2015 and guess what? Another update is on the way.
As Microsoft promised, Windows 10 would be the final version of Windows which comes with a steady flow of updates every so often. Coming up later this year is the latest update known as the Fall Creators Update. Find out everything you need to know below.
What is the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is an upcoming major update to the Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft will introduce a number of new features to the operating system for you to enjoy, as well as some functionality improvements and general software fixes. There will also be some minor visual changes, but the overall look of Windows 10 should be the same.
According to the most recent tests of the new operating system, so far the Fall Creators Update looks set to include greater customisation of the operating system itself – ranging from horizontal resizing of the Start Menu, to a new look Action Centre.
The web browser Microsoft Edge is getting quite a few small improvements, such as the ability to fill out PDF forms, and the ability to edit the URL of an already saved favourite – these aren’t radical changes but do make Windows 10 that little bit easier to use.
When will the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update be available?
As the name suggests, the Fall Creators Update is due to land in the autumn time.
Microsoft has more recently narrowed down the date exactly to October 17.
How much will the Fall Creators Update cost?
Nothing! If you’ve already got a genuine copy of Windows 10 installed, the Fall Creators Update is free.
How do I download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?
The Fall 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 October 17 as there are millions of devices waiting in the queue with you.
If you're eager to get Windows 10 Fall 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 link, from step 4.
How to prepare your computer for the Windows 10 Fall 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.