The Window 10 Creators Update has arrived, bringing with it an assortment of new features like game broadcasting and 3D object manipulation. You might be keen to upgrade, but we’re here to suggest why you should hold off for now.
Whether it’s because you don’t want to risk corrupting a stable system, being exposed to new bugs, or putting yourself at a security risk, there’s a number of reasons why the Creators Update might not be right for you.
If you’re going ahead with the upgrade or deciding to delay it, be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.
1. Wait Until It’s Your Turn
Though the update has technically launched, Microsoft isn’t rolling it out to every Window 10 system at the same time. Not only would that strain Microsoft’s servers, but it’s rolled out progressively to systems that are compatible for it. If there’s a known bug with your hardware, you theoretically shouldn’t get the update until there’s a fix. You have a specific place in the queue for a reason and jumping that is risky.
If your turn comes around and you still wish to delay, have no fear. Those running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise can push the brakes for four months. Press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Update & security > Advanced options and tick Defer Feature Updates. This will move your system into the Business update branch; you’ll only receive the update once Microsoft has deemed it suitable for its Enterprise audience.
For more information on delaying, see our guide on how to temporarily turn off Windows Update.
2. Don’t Corrupt a Stable Build
If your system is running smoothly, why would you want to risk that for an upgrade which could mess things up? You likely use your Windows 10 computer daily and can probably do without the Creators Update for now. Cast your mind back to the Anniversary Update, which was rife with issues, with people running into storage errors, software compatibility problems, freezes, and more. There’s no need to put yourself at risk for those headaches.
While Microsoft has a build that they are pushing out for the launch of the Creators Update, it’ll by no means be the last. Again, looking back at the Anniversary Update, the release build was updated multiple times during its roll out. The final build contained masses of fixes. After that, Microsoft released many cumulative updates to continue fixing issues. The same thing will probably happen this time.
3. Wait for Bug Fixes
The Insider Program allows you to get early access to updates, though you obviously put your system at risk by opting in. Nevertheless, this is one way that Microsoft tests their new releases for general release. Before things get pushed out to a wider audience, those on the Insider Program agree to send Microsoft diagnostic information so that bugs can get fixed early rather than later.
However, the Insider Preview is no match for a public release to millions of different systems. The possible hardware and software configurations are more diverse than what’s available to test among a limited number of Windows Insiders. Hence, it’s better to upgrade later, when the majority of bugs have been fixed, rather than earlier, when you’re more likely to run into problems.
4. Questionable Privacy Changes
When Windows 10 first launched it was criticized over its privacy settings. Recently, Microsoft has even put adverts in Windows 10 File Explorer, highlighting that nothing is sacred.
With the Creators Update, Microsoft has updated its privacy statement for the operating system. It says that they collect data in order to serve personalized adverts, though apparently without sending things like your files or emails.
Those running Home or Pro versions of the operating system can only choose between Basic or Full data collection. Microsoft claims that the Basic level only collects data that is necessary for keeping your system secure, and has been reassessed for the Creators Update, while those on Full have their data used to deliver more personalized experiences.
Though the Creators Update commendably has you confirm your privacy settings after upgrading, even the Basic level still collects questionable information, including apps you’ve installed and your usage time, your hardware specifications, driver usage, and more. Microsoft has published a Creators Update privacy blog post where you can find further details.
Still Want to Upgrade?
If you understand the risks of upgrading early and still want to go ahead, check out our guide on how to get the Windows 10 Creators Update now. Otherwise, you can just wait until your system naturally upgrades.
If you’re still on the fence about it all, why not find out more about new features in the Creators Update? Check out our testing of the new Game Mode, which aims give a performance boost to your games, and our preview of Paint 3D, a program which allows you to model 3D images.
Have you upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update? If so, what do you like and dislike about it? If you haven’t upgraded, why are you holding off?