Creators Update Features

Windows 10 build 15019 delivers new features

Microsoft delivers Windows 10 Creators Update (build 15019) with Game Mode, Beam, Settings and OOBE improvements.

Windows 10 build 15019

Microsoft has begun the roll out of Windows 10 build 15019 for PCs enrolled in the Fast ring. In this new test version of the upcoming Creators Update, the software giant is including a long list of fixes and a number of new features over the last flight.

Windows 10 build 15019, according to the company, is an update with a lot of big changes on PC gaming, including Game Mode to improve gaming performance, Beam to stream gameplay, and an improved Game bar.

In this flight, Microsoft Edge includes a feature to read ebooks aloud. There is a new Troubleshoot page in settings to help users fix common Windows 10 problems, and various other tweaks and changes.

What’s new on Windows 10 build 15019

Gaming

Microsoft is introducing a number of features specific to gaming on PC.

Beam

On Windows 10 build 15019, the software giant is integrating Bream to allow you to quickly and easily stream gameplay online.

You can try the new feature by using the Windows key + G keyboard shortcut to bring up Game bar and clicking the Beam button to start broadcasting.

Beam broadcasting on Windows 10
Beam broadcasting on Windows 10

Gaming settings

On the Settings app, Windows 10 now adds a new Gaming section that can be identified with the Xbox logo. In this new section, you’ll find pages to configure settings for Game bar, GameDVR, Game Mode, and broadcasting options.

Gaming settings
Gaming settings

Game Mode

This release also introduces Game Mode, which is Windows 10’s newest feature aim to optimize the performance of your computer during gameplay.

Once you enable Game Mode on Settings > Gaming > Game Mode, you can turn on the feature for Windows Store and traditional Win32 games by using the Game Bar (Windows key + G), clicking the Settings button and checking the “Use Game Mode for this game” option.

Windows 10 Game Mode
Windows 10 Game Mode

Game bar

Alongside with the new option to enable Game Mode and start broadcasting using Beam, Game bar also adds full-screen support for 17 new games, and you can also capture a recording or screenshot.

  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Zombies
  • FIFA 14
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA Manager 14
  • Grim Dawn
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • MapleStory
  • Paragon
  • Payday 2
  • Rocket League
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Sims 4
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Warface

In addition, you can control full-screen support in the Game bar settings, using the “Show Game bar when I play full-screen games” option.

Action Center

Windows Store will now show download progress inside of the Action Center that allows you to check the status of a large download while doing something else.

Windows Store apps download process
Windows Store apps download process

Troubleshoot settings

Microsoft is adding a new Troubleshoot page in the Settings app to find and fix many common problems, including network, audio, printer, Windows Update, Blue Screen of Death, Bluetooth, hardware and other devices.

The new page is located in Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot.

Troubleshoot settings page
Troubleshoot settings page

Display settings

On this version of Windows 10, the custom scaling has been migrated from Control Panel to a subpage in Settings > System > Display.

Starting with build 15019, the Blue Light feature has been renamed to “night light”, and it includes a number of tweaks, including improvements in the range of color temperatures and now you can preview the settings before applying it.

Windows 10 Night Light
Windows 10 Night Light

Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 recently introduced the ability to read ebooks you purchase from the Window Store on Microsoft Edge, and now there is a new option in the top-right that allows the browser to read books aloud. You can also use the “read aloud” feature for non-store epub books you open with Microsoft Edge.

In addition, the browser also shows emojis on websites in full color by default.

Microsoft Edge Read Aloud feature
Microsoft Edge Read Aloud feature

Additional improvements

In Hyper-v, you can now quickly resize VMConnect by dragging the corners of the window and the guest operating system will automatically adjust to the new resolution.

Additionally, based on feedback Microsoft adjusted the look of the Virtual Touchpad to make the left/right buttons more visible.

Installation process

On Windows 10 build 15019, Microsoft is adding new tweaks to the Out-Of-Box-Experience (OOBE) when installing the operating system.

In this new version, there is a new Privacy settings for Windows 10.

Privacy settings OOBE
Privacy settings OOBE

The Wi-Fi connectivity experience has been updated to support “captive portal” Wi-Fi networks. This means that when connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot, the setup will open a lightweight browser experience to complete the connection to the internet. And there are a few new options to configure some basic properties for the Wi-Fi network.

The Microsoft account sign-in and sign-up flows are now updated with a new design. The new experiences are paginated and simplified which will help in reducing the overall cognitive load and in improving accessibility using your account.

Microsoft account sign-in OOBE
Microsoft account sign-in OOBE

You can now set up Windows Hello during OOBE, there are also some visual improvements and bug fixes, and this build supports subtitles to ensure deaf/hard of hearing users.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of the features, fixes, and known issues for build 15019 at the Windows Blog.

You can also use the following resources:

Windows 10 build 15019 is available immediately through the Fast ring. It’ll download and install automatically on your PC, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates button.