The forthcoming Windows Creator Update will bring new granular controls for several features on your PC with the latest update solving one of the OS’s most annoying issues – lack of control for timing of updates.
For minor updates this is a minor inconvenience, but for the major bi-annual updates it can render your machine unusable for over an hour – usually when you need it most.
Microsoft have been aware of the problem and indeed the last two Windows 10 updates have had an option to delay when they have been installed.
Microsoft CVP of Windows and Devices Group Core Quality, Michael Fortin said in a blog post: “As always, we believe in the value of keeping devices ‘up to date,’ and recommend that you choose the installation defaults that Windows 10 provides so you will always have the latest features, apps, and security updates.
“However, when you need more control over the update experience, you will have new choices.
“If you decide to exercise more control over the update process, we’ve added a new icon to the Windows Update Settings page that makes it easier to verify that your device is up to date.
“This ‘at a glance’ feature is consistent with a similar feature in the new Windows Defender Security Centre.
“In keeping with our approach of iterating based on your feedback, this enhanced update experience has been available to our Windows Insiders for some time and the response has been positive.
“We look forward to rolling this out more broadly with the Creators Update.”
At the same time as this update, Cortana will also get a makeover, reverting back to its greyish colour.
Windows Defender will also be updated and include a spot in the notifications task bar that will show the current security status of your machine and can also be launched from this icon.
All of the new updates come as anticipation of the Redstone 3, a second major update that is expected to launch later this year that will again include some significant upgrades to software.