Important things to do before downloading the Windows 10 Creators Update


Microsoft has finally started rolling out its eagerly anticipated Windows 10 Creators Update.

While the update may not be a massive change from current version of the Windows 10, it is set to bring with it a host of performance improvements, software tweaks and new features.

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However, there are a few things worth considering before downloading the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Backup your data or create a restore point

Installing any new update comes with an element of risk, regardless of what platform, device or operating system you are running.

Even updates from the likes of Microsoft can go wrong, especially something the size of the Creators Update.

Therefore it’s a good idea to take precautionary measures should something unexpected happen.

Microsoft makes it fairly easy for you to create a restore point that lets you go back to the point before you installed the update. There are also instructions on this and how to create a backup on Microsoft’s Support Pages.

Right-click the Start button, then select Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System.

In the left pane, select System protection.

Select the System Protection tab, and then select Create.

In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then select Create.

You could also play it even safer by taking a complete backup of your data onto an external hard drive.

To do this, go to: Settings > Update & Security > Backup > Add a Drive

No need to wait for the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft started pushing out the Creators Update on April 11 and for most users it will appear as an automatic download. Microsoft will roll out the update gradually to help manage demand on its servers.

However, if you haven’t got the patience to wait until Microsoft rolls the update out to your device, you can download it right now via Microsoft’s website. Just download the Windows 10 Update Assistant and follow the on screen instructions.

Check those privacy settings

According to a report earlier this week, the one problem with downloading the Creators Update using the Windows 10 Download Assistant is that doing so will reset all your privacy settings back to default meaning that you will automatically be sending back a wealth of your personal data to Microsoft which will use it to show you carefully targeted ads.

However, if you wait for the update to install automatically, your existing privacy settings will remain in place.


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