Windows 10 Creators Update – Official Release Demo
(percussive electronic music) – [Zack] Hey there, guys. Zack here for Windows Central. And welcome back to another video. Today we’re taking a look at the Windows 10 Creators Update. This is Microsoft’s next major version of Windows 10, rolling out for all Windows 10 users for free in April. Now, although the name implies this update is for creators, this update is for everybody. It packs not only creative features but normal features you would expect to see in a normal Windows 10 update. So, as you can see here, we’re starting with the setup process. I’m just installing Windows here. We’ll skip ahead now. And this is the new out-of-box experience that you can expect to encounter when setting up a new Windows 10 Creators Update PC. It’s entirely powered by Cortana, so you can use your voice to navigate through all of the setup screens.
You don’t have to use your voice. You can use your mouse and keyboard as normal, if you like. But for this demo we will be using my voice. So let’s take a look. – [Cortana] And I’m here to help. A little sign-in here, a touch of WiFi there, and we’ll have your PC ready for all you plan to do. You can use your voice or the keyboard along the way, and if you’d like me to stay quiet, just select the sound icon. If you need an assistive screen reader, press the Windows, Control, and Enter keys at the same time to enable Narrator.
OK, enough intro. Let’s dig in. Your region is set to United States. Is that right? – [Zack] Yes. – [Cortana] Your keyboard is set to US. Wanna stick with that? – [Zack] Yep. – [Cortana] Do you also type with another keyboard layout? – [Zack] No. – [Cortana] Next up, the legal stuff. In short, you have to accept to use Windows. You can decline, but then, you know, no Windows. Do you accept? – [Zack] Yes. – [Cortana] Now let’s get you connected to a network. That way, you can get updates, apps, and cat videos as soon as possible. How about the first one on the list? Want to use that one? – [Zack] No.
– [Cortana] OK, how ’bout this next one on the list? – [Zack] Yep. – [Cortana] Now type your credentials. – [Zack] So now I’m going to press Next, I guess, to confirm. Some of the areas in the setup experience aren’t voice-activated. You’ll see them, and also, you can turn the voice activation on and off at any time by pressing this little icon down here. So, if you want a device that doesn’t support microphone, or if you just don’t wanna speak to your PC, you can press the microphone icon down here, and it will disable it for you. – [Cortana] All right, you’re connected. Now we’ll check for any updates. – [Zack] This part will likely take a few minutes, as it’s now talking with Microsoft’s own servers to see if there’s any updates.
Or it, maybe, won’t take a few– – [Cortana] Will you be signing into this PC using a personal account or one from your work or school? – [Zack] Now, since this is a much more complicated sort of selection here, she won’t ask you to use your voice. So I’m going to select personal one, which is what most of you will likely use, as well. Then you press next. And then you get to sign in with your Microsoft account. Next. – [Cortana] Want to set up a PIN? It gives you stronger security than a password. – [Zack] I would like to set up a PIN. Thank you very much. So, give us a PIN here. – [Cortana] Would you like to automatically save your files and photos to OneDrive? – [Zack] Yes. – [Cortana] Hey, look! It’s the me part of setup! Can I have permission to use the info I need to do my best work? – [Zack] Yes.
– [Cortana] These are the settings Microsoft recommends. Go ahead and review them, and select Accept when you’re ready. – [Zack] Again, this is another part in which you will have to use your mouse. So I press Accept there. – [Cortana] OK, that’s the last step. We need to get a few more things polished up for you, and Windows will be all yours. Looking forward to helping out! – [Zack] And that’s the new setup experience. There’s a lot more in the Creators Update, which we’re going to walk through now. Once the setup is done you’ll be taken to your desktop, much like you would expect, and then we can get started. The first noteworthy changes are with the Start menu. On the surface, the Start menu looks the same, it feels the same, but there are some new functionalities that this Start menu now has. For example, I can now create live folders much like on Windows Phone.
So all I have to do is drag one tile over another tile, and drop it on top of it, and there you go, a folder has now been created. You can see there’s two icons for the apps that are in there. If I select it, it will drop out into the folder here, and I can now launch either of those apps just by tapping on them. Very nice, indeed. I can actually resize these folders, as well, to whatever I want. I can have a large folder, or I can have a wide one, which fits perfectly in there. So, very nice addition to the Start menu. Allows you to customize it lot more. The other noteworthy change is with the apps list; more specifically, you can now get rid of it entirely. So, I just got rid of it there. You can see the apps list is no longer present on the Start menu. I can make my Start-men experience a lot more like a Windows Phone now. Now I can access the apps list separately, which is great for those of you who like their tiles to be front and center and the app list to be second; I know I do, so for the remainder of this video we’ll keep it like this.
But yes, that’s the apps list and the new Start-menu improvements. Moving on to Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge has a number of new improvements. One of the biggest features is a feature called set tabs aside, which is a great feature for people like students who are at one minute writing a report and the next minute procrastinating on Netflix. So, for example, if I’m doing a report. I’ll probably have Wikipedia open. If I’m doing a report about space, I’d likely have NASA open, and probably Bing. Maybe not, but, oh, well.
Let’s type in space, and see what comes up. Yes, I’m doing my report. I’m writing and researching and whatnot, but then I decide I’m done doing my work, and I’d rather watch Netflix. Instead of bookmarking all of these tabs or saving them or minimizing the screen, all I have to do is press this button here, and it will close that entire browsing session, and save it for later. Now I can launch Netflix. Swift, easy, just ready to go. Netflix is already there. It’s almost as if I wasn’t doing a report five seconds earlier. But, of course, once you’re doing your Netflix binge, you will have to go back to writing your report. So, to get there, you just press this button, and you’ll see all of the tabs you set aside, and you can launch an individual one, or you can restore the entire browsing session. As you can see there, Wikipedia is back, as is NASA and my space Bing search. Very nice, indeed. This is great for those of you who are often doing loads of different things in a browser but would like to have one Web browser rather than several open at the same time.
I can have several browsing sessions saved in here. That’s one of them. I can also launch Windows Central. Think of another one. Let’s launch Windows Central on Amazon. Why not? Then I can save this session for later, as well, and that will save as a separate session above the one that my report is in. So, very nice, indeed.
You can also do this. You can add tabs to favorites or share tabs. What does that do? Oh, and there’s also a new Share UI. This is the new Share UI. I can now email those tabs to my friends if I really wanted to, which is fantastic. Then, of course, if you want to get rid of a tab, a browsing session completely, just press remove these tabs, and it will go away.
There’s another new change, as well. Let’s actually restore this browsing session. There’s another new change to the tabs themselves. There’s now this sorta preview button, which, if I press, will give me a image preview of the Web pages I have open, which is nice. So if you forgot what a Web page looks like without wanting to switch to it, you can now press that, and it will give you a preview, which is absolutely fantastic. Now, if we jump into Settings here, you’ll see that, basically, not much has changed. A lot of under-the-hood improvements makes Microsoft Edge a lot more stable in this field. It’s actually a little bit faster than Chrome, according to Microsoft now. So, a nice update for Microsoft Edge users, indeed, one that I will be very excited about because I actually use Microsoft Edge, surprisingly.
But yes, Microsoft Edge, lots of new features there. Also, there’s a new Share icon, which is nice. So, let’s close Edge, and move on to Cortana. There’s a new feature in Cortana called pick up where I left off. What this basically allows you to do is sync sort of sessions across devices. So if you have multiple Windows 10 PCs and you’re doing some browsing on one PC, then you’d leave that PC, log on to this PC that’s logged into the same Microsoft account, you’ll see that Cortana will have listed all the things you were doing on that PC.
As you can see here, I was looking at Wikipedia on the other PC, I was looking to download Slack on the other PC, and I had a few other things opened, as well. I had the NASA Web page open; I had Windows Central open; I had Bing open; and I also had Calendar, which was an app, open. Also had Weather open and a bunch of other things. I can now just quickly select that here, and it will open up that app and bring me to exactly where I was on that app on the other PC, which is very nice, indeed. This is excellent for things like Word when you’re writing a report. Then you leave that report on that PC, come home, log in to your other PC, and then you can pick up in that document exactly where you left off; hence the name pick up where you left off. Which is very nice, indeed. You can turn this off if you really want to.
It’s an option in here just to press turn off, and it will go away. But, it’s a fantastic addition to the Creators Update that I’m sure many people will take advantage of. The other noteworthy change is that Cortana can now activate system functions with voice. So, before, if you ask Cortana to lock the PC, she wouldn’t do it because she didn’t know how to do it. But now if I ask her to turn the WiFi off or lock the PC, she will actually do it. So let’s demo that now. Lock my PC. – [Cortana] Locking your computer. – [Zack] As you can see there, she just locked the PC, much like you would expect. Whilst we’re here, this is probably a good time to mention, Windows Hello has been improved upon dramatically the Creators Update. If you own a Windows Hello PC with facial recognition, or even fingerprint, or whatever, it’s a lot faster now. I’m about to move my hand out of the way of my webcam here, and I will basically login instantly.
Ready? Removed. And I’m already ready to go. As you can see, I can now press the enter button, and it will log me straight in, just like that. Windows Hello, incredibly fast with the Creators Update. Really impressive. Now, moving right along. The Settings app has received a number of new changes and improvements. First and foremost, lots of things have been moved around. So, settings are categorized more appropriately now. There’s less in the System area and more spread out across devices and personalization and apps and whatnot, which makes sense. So if you want an app feature, you can just jump into the apps area here, and you will likely find it where you would expect; whereas things like Power will be in the System area. Very nice, indeed. But apart from that, a lot of things have just been sort of tweaked and redesigned. For example, in the Display area here, you’ll see that the scale and layout option is no longer a slider but rather a dropdown menu, which makes much more sense. Ooh, I did actually just change that, which is not what I wanted.
Now, there’s also a new feature called nightlight, which, when on, will dim your screen slightly to help with your eyes. So, if you don’t know, screens emit a blue light which can keep your brain awake late at night, which isn’t good. So if you’re working on PCs at nighttime, and then you jump off your PC straight into bed, your brain has trouble shutting down because you’ve been staring at a blue light for the last three hours. This feature helps with that by dimming your screen and giving it more of a warmish color. You can schedule this to come on at certain times, as this one is here, or I can set my own hours.
You can also adjust the temperature, as well. Now there you can see it, which is very nice. You can see now it’s very red. Or it’s here, which is barely noticeable. And then that’s just not noticeable at all. But, yeah, this is very nice. You can have this to come on at certain times, such as at sunset and sunrise and whatnot. Very nice, indeed. I’m actually gonna turn this off for now because it will be annoying for you lot. It’ll turn off now. There we go, now it’s off. Nightlight, another excellent feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update. There’s also a new feature storage sense, which essentially just deletes temporary files and things in your recycling bin every 30 days or so. This is off by default, but if you turn it on, your PC will automatically clean up files that you likely don’t need anymore, which is very nice, indeed.
Excellent for devices that have a low amount of storage, such as tablets with only 32 gigabytes, for example. Now, you move right along to the Personalization area. Microsoft has added and changed a lot of things in here, as well. For example, you can now have a custom color for your accent, which is very nice, indeed. You can have any color in the rainbow, which is incredibly awesome. If you scroll down here you’ll see that I can actually customize it even more if I really wanted to. That’s great, although I’m pretty sure most people will use the default colors here. Again, some more layout changes. No longer are these switches like the transparency effect one up here; they are now two checkbox, which is nice, I guess. Now, if we move on to Themes, themes is a new thing with the Windows 10 Creators Update, the area settings, at least.
You can now download things from the Windows Store. These will change your background, color, sounds, and mouse cursor. If I go to this link here, you’ll see that I can now download a new theme. If you’re lazy and can’t be bothered to design your own desktop, you can just download somebody else’s. Hooray. Let’s go to Community Showcase Cityscapes 2. This one is by Microsoft. If I download this, you’ll see I get a preview of all of the wallpapers you can expect. And this will begin to download. Once that’s downloaded, I just select Launch.
It will take you back to the Settings app, and then I can select the new theme that I just downloaded. This one select change my accent color and background. It didn’t change sounds or mouse cursors, but themes can do that, which is very nice. But look, I now have beautiful cityscapes as my background, and I can now change the desktop background to whatever else is included. Absolutely fantastic. I’m actually gonna keep this one. This one’s very nice, indeed. Now, moving on, back to the Settings app. You’ll see that we have a new gaming area, which we’ll dive into a little more in a minute, but, basically, Microsoft has builtin a number of game enhancements to the Creators Update.
For example, there’s a new Game Mode, which you can see here, which essentially, when running a game, makes the system concentrate on that game rather than concentrating on things in the background, so the game should hopefully run better when Game Mode is on with the Creators Update. There’s also a new feature called Broadcasting, which, if you hook up your Microsoft account to a Beam.pro account, you can stream your games directly through Windows 10. We’ll show you that in just a second. But there’s also quite a few options here, such as use camera, change microphone volume and system volume, turn mic on when I broadcast, and change audio quality. A lot of changes here, which is actually very nice. There’s Game DVR, which has been a thing in Windows 10 for quite a while through the Xbox app. It now has a home in Settings, as does the game bar, which is absolutely fantastic. We’ll show you all of this in just a second. There’s also a new apps area here, which allows you to change apps, features, and whatnot. You can now reset apps if they’re not working for you.
There’s a reset button here, which is very nice. There’s also an option up here which will allow you to block apps from running from outside the Windows Store. Now, this is off by default, so you don’t need to worry about this. But, if you want added security, you can turn on this option here which will disable apps that were downloaded from outside the store from running. So if you want to download Google Chrome, for example, with this feature on, it will not run unless it came from the Windows Store. I can actually demo this here. I’ve just turned on the feature. If I launch this app here, you’ll see Windows says no, you can’t run this app because it’s not from the Windows Store.
But, if I turn that feature off, the app will run, much like you’ll expect it to. So, it’s a security feature which is off by default. You can turn it on if you want to; I’m sure most of you won’t, however. You may also notice that there’s a new sidebar, which is contextual, depending on the option you’re in. It shows up everywhere. You can jump to this area here. But if I go to this area, for example, you’ll see that I get an additional link, which takes me to more power settings, which is very nice, indeed.
That shows up basically everywhere in the Settings app. Oh, it’s very contextual here. Lots more links here, and whatnot. Very helpful for those of you who are looking for a certain older option because these are basically linking to the old control panel. I lied. That one isn’t. This one is, though. So yes, it links to other areas of settings within Windows, which is very nice. While we’re here, it’s probably worth noticing that the Bluetooth area has been updated and been given a slight redesign.
You now press this to add new Bluetooth devices and whatnot. Moving on to the update and security area. Microsoft has sort of redesigned this a little bit. You can see that there’s now a nice icon, which is nice. If we go into advanced options, there’s now more options to pause updates. You can now temporarily pause updates from being installed on this device for up to seven days. “When updates resume, this device will need to get “the latest updates before it can be paused again.” If you don’t like updates being installed over a certain amount of time, you can pause them for up to seven days, which is very nice, indeed. You can also choose how updates are installed, or delivered. If we go back here, you see that there’s now active hours, which was already there, but you can now make active hours last 18 hours rather than, I believe, it was 14 or 12 hours before, which is incredibly fancy.
There’s a new troubleshoot area here, as well, which will allow you to figure out issues with your PC. For example, if you’re experiencing blue screens, you select this, and you can run the troubleshooter, and Windows will try and see what the problem is, and maybe fix it for you, which is fantastic. If you’re having issues with WiFi, or program compatibility, or power, or whatever, you just select the option that you might be having issues with here, and it should attempt to try and fix it.
If it can’t fix it, then you’re screwed. Or you just have to browse the Web, and find somebody else to fix it. I dunno. But yes, that’s a very nice new addition. That’s basically it for the Settings app. Now moving right along. Let’s take a look at the Windows Store. There’s a new area in the Windows Store called Books, and what this does is give you books.
There’s now a bookstore in the Windows Store, basically, which is very nice, indeed. You just select the book you want to read, you buy it, and then you read it within Microsoft Edge. You just press Buy, then hit Launch, and it will take you to Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge can actually save these in this new book area that it has here. So, very nice, indeed. You can shop for books directly from Microsoft Edge and whatnot. Great if you’re a reader. I’m not really much of a reader. So, there you go. Take that as you will. Now let’s actually showcase the Game Mode stuff. If we launch a game here, Microsoft Solitaire, if you can call it a game, you see the Windows Game Bar is here. If I press the Windows key and G, you will see the options of all the gaming stuff. If I hit Settings here, I can enable “Use Game Mode for this game”, and now the system will make sure all of the available resources are pointed towards the game so it runs as best as it possibly can.
There’s also the broadcast function, which, if I close here, I don’t think this is gonna work since I don’t have it set up. “To start broadcasting, sign into Xbox Live.” You do need Xbox Live for this, of course, as do you need Xbox Live for most gaming things in Windows 10. Now, hopefully, if I try that again. Broadcast. I agree. Loading. Now I can start broadcasting. This will broadcast directly to my Beam.pro account, which was created when I hooked up to Xbox Live here. I can now record the game window, or I can record the entire desktop. I can change the camera position, as well, if I really want to. Camera on and microphone on, if I want, which I think it’ll gimme a little preview. It didn’t.
Oh, it did. There it is. There’s my little camera there. I can also turn my microphone on, as well. I’m not gonna do this ’cause nobody cares about my broadcast. But, once you hit broadcast, you can just play a game, and Beam will get out of the way for you, which is very nice. That’s pretty much it for the improvements to the gaming stuff. Very nice, indeed. So, all of your games should run better with the Creators Update. Fantastic. Now, there’s a new Paint app called Paint 3D. This is basically the entire reason the update is called the Creators Update, because Microsoft built a new Paint app. It’s Paint 3D. The old Paint app is still here. I know many of you were worried about that. Hey, you can still use the old Paint if you want; I know I will be.
But the new Paint 3D app is here, and it looks pretty nice. So if we go to New here, we can start drawing. Now, this is a Surface, so I have a pen here. We can just draw a face. Hi. That’s me. Got some hair and a body. I’m not an artist, as you may be able to tell. But this is actually quite a nice app. You get different pen tips here. Got a nice paintbrush. Crayon. Rubber. Yes, rub it all out. It’s disgusting. Got a little pencil here. And whatever else. If we go up here, you’ll see that there’s now objects.
I can have 3D models. It’s just a person. Nice! Oh, it’s giving me a little tutorial. I can turn you around. Yes, upside down you go. No, you can stand up. I can change your rotation stuff. Oh, goodness, me, what is going on? And then other stuff. You can do lots of 3D stuff. Now if I zoom in on this guy, I should be able to paint on him. Can I move over? No? Yes. Move over. Maybe I should just move you; that might make more sense. Move, there we go. Now if I get a pencil out or a pen or a brush, I can make a blue, he’s already blue, make him more blue. Go, now I painted him blue. Give him a face. Let’s give him a face. That’s just nightmarish, don’t you think? Fantastic. There’s also shapes. I can have 2D shapes, much like you would expect. My 2D shape. Also have 3D shapes, probably. Stickers! Great! Let’s give him a star, yes.
Ah, I can put the face on him! Yes, amazing! I can make the star 3D, as well. So I can actually do awesome things like that, which is very nice. This was a text, much like you would normally expect. Hi. Then there’s whatever this is. Canvas, so I can change the size of the actual image. Let’s make you larger.
Makes more sense. Man, that is just a catastrophic image, don’t you think? You can save that as your wallpaper, if you like. There’s also different effects you can have. Nice, oh, look at that, it’s fancy. On Instagram now. Then there’s this, an entire community of Paint 3D people which Microsoft have builtin to Windows 10 here. I can create a nickname. Let’s call me PaintMan, without an exclamation. Check availability. Nice, that name is available, surprisingly! I am now known a PaintMan. Change my image. I’ll be that dude with several eyes. Go. Here we are with the Remix 3D community. I can now download things other people made. Probably far more things that people who are fare more creative than me made. If I click on this here, you’ll see that I can likely download it. Yes, I can place in my own project. Flower Bot Loves You. It’s now downloading that creation that somebody else made. I should be able to take advantage of it.
There it is in my creation. Wow, that’s pretty cool. I can flip him like I would normally, turn him around. Then I can stick a big star on him! Where is it? Gimme the star. Yes, star! Star robot! Fantastic. But yeah, that’s basically the new Paint 3D app. There’s also a time machine, which is very nice. Start again as if none of that happened. If we go over here, there’s some options. I can publish my creation to Paint World, if I want to, Remix 3D, sorry. Then there’s also a bunch of settings. Compact mode which just makes the UI look smaller.
Show perspective, show canvas, show welcome screen. Also submit feedback, if you want. Share it with the new Windows Share UI, which is very nice, indeed. And then, of course, you can save and save as, much like you would in a normal paint app. Now another new area in the Windows 10 Creators Update is Windows Defender. Microsoft has basically redesigned Windows Defender in its entirety, and it’s pretty awesome. You see here I’ve now got brief overviews of my security of my device. I can jump into here. I can run a quick scan if I really want to. I have an advanced scan here. I can see my protection updates and whatnot. This handbagger menu here should give me a bunch of options. I have family options here, app & browser control, device performance & health, and whatnot. I have the option to run a fresh start, which, basically, will reinstall Windows entirely for me if I’m having any issues, which is fantastic.
But yes, a nice update for the Windows Defender app, which was pretty much needed, with the Creators Update. So there you have it. That’s the Windows 10 Creators Update which’ll be rolling out to all Windows 10 users for free in April. Thanks so much for watching, and I shall see you in the next one. Bye bye..