Microsoft officially announces that the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) will release to everyone on April 11th as a free update for devices already running Windows 10.
The Creators Update is third major release of the OS, and it’s designed to “spark and unleash creativity” with many new features and improvements, some of which include, support for 3D and mixed reality. Improved gaming performance and Beam integration “enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster”. A new version of Microsoft Edge that makes the browser faster and more secure, new security features, better control over updates, tweaks, and a lot more.
As expected the build number for this update will be 15063. The current build number for the Anniversary Update is 1607, which indicates the year and month of the release.
Windows 10 Creators Update release dates explained
- April 11th: Windows 10 Creators Update official release date.
- April 5th: Windows 10 Creators Update becomes available using the “Windows 10 Update Assistant”.
- March 30th: Windows 10 Creators Update becomes available in the “Release Preview” ring for Insiders.
- March 29th: Windows 10 build 15063 (final version) ISO file become available for download.
- March 29th: Windows 10 build 15063 (final version) becomes available in the “Slow” ring for Insiders.
- March 20th: Windows 10 build 15063 (final version) becomes available in the “Fast” ring for Insiders.
- April 25th: Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update official release date.
- March 29th: Windows 10 Mobile build 15063 (final version) becomes available in the “Slow” ring for Insiders.
- March 29th: Xbox One Creators Update official release date.
You can see the complete list of new features included with the Windows 10 Creators Update here.
Are you still have some questions about what the Creators Update is? If so, you should read this previous guide.
Similar to previous releases, Microsoft plans to start the rollout on April 11th, but no everyone will get it the same day. Instead, only a select group of PCs, laptops, and tablets to be known to work with the update will be getting the update first. Then when the update has gone through more testing, Microsoft will continue the rollout with other devices.
This means that if your device isn’t seeing the Creators Update, it’s likely because the update is not ready for your device. However, you’ll still be able to force the update using the Media Creation Tool to do an in-place upgrade or the Windows 10 Update Assistant.
The update will download and install automatically on device, but if you’re not ready to make the jump, or you want to avoid the usual initial problems, you can defer features updates using this guide.