Windows 10 news recap: Windows 10 Creators Update has 50% install base, features to be removed in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and more

Jack Wilkinson

Windows 10 Build 2017

Welcome back to our Windows 10 news recap. We are continuing the trend of our weekly “Windows 10 news recap” series where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Here are the features that are being removed or deprecated in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is ever-closer, and now Microsoft has published a list of features that are being removed and/or ending active development of.

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Microsoft confirms that PCs with Intel Clover Trail Atom processors won’t get the Windows 10 Creators Update

Coming from the Windows 8-era, Microsoft has confirmed that PCs that are equipped with Intel Clover Trail Atom processors will not be able to install the Windows 10 Creators Update, as Microsoft is blocking it.

In a statement, Microsoft said:

With Windows 10, we introduced Windows as a Service, a model for continuous value delivery via twice annual feature updates and monthly quality updates.  Along with this updated delivery cadence, we adjusted our support lifecycle policies to reflect the Windows as a Service model.  Recognizing that a combination of hardware, driver and firmware support is required to have a good Windows 10 experience, we updated our support lifecycle policy to align with the hardware support period for a given device.  If a hardware partner stops supporting a given device or one of its key components and stops providing driver updates, firmware updates, or fixes, it may mean that device will not be able to properly run a future Windows 10 feature update.

This is the case with devices utilizing Intel Clover Trail Atom Processors1 today: they require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience when updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update. However, these systems are no longer supported by Intel (End of Interactive Support), and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact.

AdDuplex: Windows 10 Creators Update now has a 50% install base

AdDuplex’s latest figures have shown that the Windows 10 Creators Update has been installed on 50% of Windows 10 PCs.

Coming changes to Windows 10 upgrade process: it takes longer, but with less downtime

In a change that will be made to the Windows 10 upgrade process, it will take a longer amount of time to complete the upgrade, but on the upside, it will provide more time to use the PC while upgrading. A response in the Feedback Hub provides the company’s reasoning for the change:

“We’ve heard this feedback, and it’s true. By moving the old offline portions of the upgrade process to the online phase, upgrades will appear to take longer if you’re watching or timing the progress. We didn’t want to sacrifice usability for offline time so the upgrade processes are run at a lower priority to provide for best performance.”

That’s it for this week – we’ll be back next week with more Windows news!