Windows 10 Creators Update Changelog – What is new?

Windows 10 Creators Update will start being offered starting April 11th, and most users are pretty excited about the new features that it promises to offer. For those users who would like to know about all the changes that will be seen in Windows 10 Creators Update v 1703, this post is meant for you. Let’s take a look at it:

Windows 10 Creators Update Changelog

Windows 10 Creators Update

Major new features

  • Night-light or Blue light reduction
  • New OOBE or Out Of Box Experience
  • Native USB Audio 2.0 support
  • New keyboard shortcut: Win + Shift + S. It lets you select an area on your screen, and an image of it is copied to your clipboard
  • You can now create folders in the Start Menu tile area
  • New Paint 3D Inbox app
  • You can now buy books through the Windows Store and read them In Edge
  • The Win32 Windows Defender has been removed and Windows Defender notification area icon replaced with Windows Defender Security Center icon
  • “Pick up where you left off” feature if you have Cortana enabled
  • On-screen touchpad
  • Updated Bluetooth API with GATT Server, Bluetooth LE Peripheral role, and unpaired Bluetooth LE device connectivity support
  • Game Mode
  • Game Bar now provides support in full screen for an additional 88 titles.

Shells – What’s new

  • Lunar calendar support in the Taskbar-Calendar flyout
  • You can now connect to a VPN from within the Network fly-out after selecting it
  • Registry editor got an address bar(and new keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+L
  • Improved high-DPI scaling in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Disk Management
  • Desktop wizards like “Map a network drive” and “Extract from zip” will now scale properly when moving from one monitor to another
  • New per-application enhanced scaling mode
  • New default tile layout for clean installs
  • New Share experience, UI, and icon
  • Improved the System Tray logic to be more robust when bad data is presented
  • Notifications in the Action Center now support inline progress bars
  • Behavior of the scrollbar has been improved for apps using the Creators Update SDK
  • The “Settings” entry in the taskbar context menu has been renamed “Taskbar settings”
  • The “All apps” button in Start will now show a badge with the number of new apps.

Windows 10 Creators Update Settings app changelog

  • New “Apps” settings page consolidates many previously scattered settings
  • New “Gaming” settings category
  • “Wi-Fi Sense” and “Paid Wi-Fi Services” have been merged into the new “Wi-Fi Services” on the “Wi-Fi” page
  • New option under “Storage” allows you to let Windows 10 remove unused temporary files and files that have been in the recycle bin for longer than 30 days
  • Dynamic lock introduces
  • PCs will no longer have to reboot after turning on Developer Mode
  • Setting up Windows Hello now provides visual guidance which tracks your face in real-time
  • Improved design on the Printers & Scanners, as well as the Storage Usage settings page
  • You can now hide the apps list in the Start Menu
  • Custom accent and background color picker
  • You can now set websites to open in apps if the website allows it
  • Custom scaling factors now possible
  • “Theme” section in settings
  • “Enhanced” Telemetry choice removed
  • More custom gestures for precision touchpads including custom key macros
  • You can now let Windows block most non-Store apps or ask for confirmation before installing
  • Under “Restart settings” you can now require Windows Update to show more notifications before restarting.

Windows Update experience changes

  • Windows Update has a new icon, resembling the outline of the Windows-logo with two circling arrows in it
  • Ability to defer or pause Cumulative Security Updates for 7 days
  • The option to prevent Windows Update from installing drivers has been removed
  • Numlock setting, UAC settings, startup shortcuts, custom (registry) scan code mappings, optional components, custom printer names and folders pinned to the Start Menu are now preserved through updates
  • Apps that have been de-provisioned from your OS image won’t install again automatically unless you reinstalled them yourself
  • Apps you have previously uninstalled will no longer be installed with every new upgrade
  • Windows Update will now ask you to schedule a pending update if no good timeslot to update automatically can be found
  • Unified Update Platform will make future updates smaller.

Changes in Microsoft Edge

  • Edge will now open the Connect pane when clicking “Cast media to device”
  • Improves the behavior of the “Find on page” feature to show the found result more central in the page
  • eBook Reader – including reading books aloud
  • Automatically blocks flash
  • Full-color emojis
  • WebRTC 1.0 now on by default
  • H.264/AVC is now enabled by default for RTC
  • Re-deferral support
  • Chakra JIT is not out-of-process by default
  • Support for SharedArrayBuffer and WebAssembly behind the Experimental JavaScript Features flag
  • Web Notes has a new icon and works like Ink Workspace now
  • Set tabs aside (and share them!)
  • Run .exe download without saving it
  • New PDF toolbar + search
  • Improved performance, reliability and support for today’s and tomorrow’s web standards and new technologies
  • You can now import and export favorites from and to a file
  • In addition to “Alt+D” and “F6”, You can now also use “Ctrl + O” to move focus to the address bar
  • When using the “uBlock Origin” extension, Edge would sometimes prompt to download websites instead of opening them – that is now fixed!
  • Regressions or neutral/subjective changes ?:
  • It is no longer possible to disable an alarm on the lock screen
  • Kernel debugging over 1394 has been removed.

Cortana change log

  • Cortana can now shut down, restart and lock your device
  • You can set Cortana not to listen when Win+C is used
  • When searching for an app in Cortana, it will now show you commands that work within that app
  • Cortana Time-based reminders can now be recurring every month or year
  • Cortana can now change the volume of your device
  • If the device is idle, saying “Hey Cortana” will show a full-screenUI optimized for long distance reading.

UWP and Apps noteworthy changes

  • New inbox “Quick Assist” App. Request remote help from friends or assist friends remotely even on Home Edition
  • New inbox “Mixed Reality” App
  • Apps can now make custom groups for notifications and overwrite the timestamp in their notifications
  • New rendering technology for all UWP apps
  • Reliability improvements to UWP apps
  • Apps can now implement compact mode, which allows an app to be shown on the screen in a small window on top of the window that’s currently in focus like Picture-In-Picture.
  • Alarms from 3rd party alarm apps can now break through Quiet Hours.

Hyper-V changelog

  • You can override the scaling in Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • You can resize Hyper-V windows in Enhanced session mode
  • Hyper-V instances will now remember your zoom level for the next session.

Other changes made in Windows 10 Creators Update:

  • The “Open command window here” context menu item has been replaced with “Open PowerShell window here”
  • Command Prompt has been replaced with PowerShell in the Win + X menu by default – same in File Explorers extended context menu
  • Windows Hello recognition has been improved
  • Improved video playback quality on the target device when using Miracast to connect between a high-DPI PC to another high-DPI device
  • Narrator keyboard shortcut changes introduced. It can now explain context of whatever it is reading
  • OAuth is now supported for Yahoo Mail accounts
  • Rainbow flag emoji added
  • Support for spatial sound – e.g. Dolby Atmos
  • live streaming now built-in to the GameBar
  • Windows will now respond better when Win+L is pressed when playing a full-screen game
  • The Alt + F4 Shutdown dialog has been improved to better handle DPI changes with external monitors
  • Updated advanced properties in Sounds control panel to allow you to select 24 and 32 bit at 176400Hz, and 16, 24 and 32 bit at 352800 Hz as the default format for devices that support it
  • The Trusted Platform Module Management control panel has been updated to provide more info when the TPM is “Not ready for use” or “Ready for use, with reduced functionality”
  • Snipping tool can now be used completely without a mouse
  • Installing Bash on Ubuntu on Windows will now install version 16.04 instead of 14.04
  • Many many WSL improvements lead to better compatibility – for example, ifconfig works now!
  • You can now launch Windows binaries from a WSL command prompt, and Linux binaries from Windows by calling “bash.exe -c <command>
  • When you turn off Wi-Fi, you can now set it to turn back on automatically on a timer
  • Can now set all audio to be mono
  • You can now disable Microsoft from using diagnostic data to provide a tailored experience
  • On devices with more than 3.5 GB memory, service hosts will be split into individual processes
    – When one process fails, it will no longer take down the whole service host
    – Task Manager will give a better overview of what Windows is doing in these background processes
    – It will be easier to troubleshoot which process is causing issues for both IT pros and Microsoft
    – Process will now all have their own individual permissions, improving security
  • Improved precision touchpad recognitions for left and right clicks, two-finger taps, improving pin-to-zoom and two-finger tap detection
  • Improved recognition for 3 finger gestures for precision touchpads
  • Improved frame rates when the Game bar is being shown on full-screen games
  • Wi-Fi Calling has been added
  • Improved scaling for games that have a different aspect ratio than the native display resolution
  • Braille support
  • Ink Workspace has improved performance and reliability plus small improvements to usability.

This post lists the features removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Creators Update.

Source: Reddit.

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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.


  1. Paul Streeting

    All sounds very good but I wonder what problems it will cause users. Computer hang ups, slow downloading, and failed updates as per the past. Just wish I felt optimistic….

  2. Alan Wade

    Excellent article!

  3. Dan

    Agreed; and BTW, love your Disqus avatar…be seeing you!

  4. Paul Streeting

    Even seems at the moment that Microsoft have a major problem with Windows Defender and telling users to manual update the definitions due to a bug. Not that reassuring with the new major update on the way when their flagship antivirus is messed up…

  5. Arch Stanton

    Just installed it.
    Smartscreen refuses to disable and Microsoft decided it wants to monitor and report on MY computers heath no matter how I feel about it.

    If anything this thing has become more intrusive.
    I disabled Smartscreen but it still tried to call home when I installed Firefox. SERIOUSLY???
    I have AVG installed taking over my Firewall and AntiVirus yet Windows now refuses to relinquish command of those two entities.

    No idea why a major OS that runs over half the world businesses decided it was necessary to embed a Gaming DVR. Makes no sense.

    Tons of nothing I use or will use in the future but at the moment I am really steamed about Smartscreen and Microsoft doing something for my own good.

  6. DiEGo7SiLVa

    Very good

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