Microsoft's Change of Heart On Creators' Update Queue-Jumping


You may remember a few days ago that we published information on how to get the latest Windows 10 update before it was officially downloaded to your machine. The story is at if you need to refresh your memory.

Microsoft has now backtracked somewhat on its advice, and no longer recommends that you use the promoted shortcut to get the latest build. It's best, they say, to wait until your PC officially tells you that it's ready to be downloaded and installed, instead of fetching it directly yourself.

This is because of some instances where your PC, especially if it's a few years old, might contain devices which don't work with the new version of Windows 10. While the official updater checks for such instances, and won't offer you the upgrade until all the relevant shortcomings on your PC have been fixed, grabbing the update directly will bypass the checks.

So, unless you're prepared for possible "issues", as Microsoft likes to call them, best wait until your PC tells you that it's time for the Creators' Update.

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Does that mean that if I install some dodgy/old fashioned/unsupported hardware into my machine I can avoid the Creator's Update?

My approach is that I want to wait as long as is practical to install these "significant" updates. I'm content to let some time pass so that major issues can hopefully be resolved. And of course one should have a full system image handy just in case...

I downloaded the update as soon as i could - but before i installed it, i took the precaution of pulling a full system image.

Thanks for the news Rob
It confirms what I posted in your original thread earlier this month regarding the Creators Windows Update

Your current hardware and software may not be supported with any Windows upgrade, particularly if your hardware or software is more than 3 years old. Of course it may work. But the Creators Update has caused definite problems this month on release

Some hardware manufacturers would prefer you buy another printer, than provide upgraded drivers on their website for your old printer for example.

Looking at the latest Windows upgrade, I see nothing that improves my productivity that makes the risk of an upgrade worthwhile. So no thanks

Microsoft needs to get clever, and invent a selfstanding security module that updates without affecting my hardware and software installations

Until then, I avoid updates entirely, and stick to the many free antivirus, antimalware, and anti keylogging software discussed on TechSupportAlert
Perhaps most importantly, is software that backs up the registry, similar to System Restore, so if you suspect your computer has malware infection, you simply reset your computer to the previous week
The problem with the standard System Restore in Windows, is that it doesnt automatically back up the registry every day, so I use a freeware alternative

I havent upgraded for the last 5 years, and havent had a significant malware problem

One of the most common ways people get infected is by clicking on a dodgy link in a dodgy email
So avoid clicking on any attachment from any email where you dont clearly know the author of the email
Secondly, use VirusTotal or other websites which can scan any file on your computer (up to a certain size) and tell you if it is safe
Thirdly, use a sandbox program, if you have to deal with questionable files