Things to do before downloading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The new Fall Creators Update is here, and most of you might be wanting to upgrade their Windows 10 v 1709 to the latest offering by Microsoft right away. But before you go around downloading & installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update v1709, there may be a few tings you want to do first.

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While you don’t have to do this, you may do it just for the sake of doing it and for ensuring that you do get a seamless upgrade experience on your Windows 10 PC.

Checklist – Before downloading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

1] You sure you want to? First of all, think for a few minutes and make sure that you do want to upgrade your Windows 10 right away. If you have doubts in your mind or if you do not want to face the uncertainty of possible problems and issues after installing the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can choose to, via Windows Update Settings, to defer the installation of this feature update. When you select this option, the Windows 10 Creators Update will not install for a few months.  You may then check out the reports on the web and then decide when you want to install it.

2] Clear up Disk Space. Once you decide to install it, I suggest you ensure that you have sufficient disk space to install the Creators Update. Running the built-in Disk Cleanup Tool or CCleaner might be a good idea. You may also remove old Windows installation files if you still have them installed on your PC. Check your system drive and see if you can move some of the heavier files, like say photographs, to your data drive.

3] Backup Data. Next backup your important files and data to an external hard drive or USB. This is just to play safe, should anything go wrong. It is always good to hope for the best, but one must also be prepared for the worst!

4] Upgrade process. Next, select how you want to upgrade. I would suggest your use Windows Update, but there are other ways you can get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update too.

5] Small things. To be on the safe side, update all your installed software, disable your antivirus software, remove any plugged in USB drives, disconnect any attached peripherals, plug into your Mains power supply and ensure that your PC is fully charged.

Now finally grab a cup of coffee, restart your computer, and then start your upgrade process and hope that it goes through smoothly.

All the best!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.