Officially, Microsoft is supposed to begin rolling out the free Windows 10 Creators Update for all Windows 10 PC owners on Tuesday, April 11. However, if you don’t want to wait for the automatic update to reach your desktop, laptop or tablet, you can go ahead and download the Creators Update right now.
As reported by Ars Technica, Windows 10 owners who are not enrolled in the Windows Insider Program can download Microsoft’s Update Assistant tool to grab the Creators Update several days ahead of its official roll out. Once installed, the build number for the update will be 15063.0. Keep in mind that if even you do choose to manually download this update now, you will still get an automatic Windows 10 file download on April 11. This smaller cumulative update is mainly for bug fixes that managed to not be found before the Creators Update build was completed.
As we have reported before, the Windows 10 Creators Update will include a number of new features. They include a new Paint3D application designed to make creating 3D content easier. It will also add Game Mode, for running PC games faster, along with integrated support for the Microsoft-owned Beam game streaming service. It will also bring some improvements to the Microsoft Edge web browser, a “night light” addition to make it easier to read on a Windows 10 PC at night, and a new mini-view window on the desktop that can run apps and other content while you still work on the main screen.
By the way, for the few folks that are still using a Windows 10 Mobile phone, the Creators Update for that platform won’t begin its roll out until April 25. In addition, ZDNet reports that just 13 first and third-party Windows 10 Mobile handsets will be getting the Creators Update.