The Creators Update release for Windows 10 is right around the corner. Before it is available to the general public, there are a couple of steps you (and I) need to take to prepare our computers for the release. Let’s walk through them together.
The first step is to take stock of of your system. Look back over the past several months of installing updates. Has your computer had any issues installing prior updates? Have you had issues installing any of the Windows 10 patches? Have there been any consistent error messages you received? Have you been unable to install a previous update? If any of these things have occurred, you need to review why your machine is not successfully installing updates, then fix that problem before considering installing the Creators Update. Windows 10 has a lengthy list of update errors and ways to work through them and fix them.
There is one more tip I’d like to recommend before the feature release comes out: Review your choice of antivirus software. Some of the very software that is there to protect us can lead to issues when installing updates. Computer security should be a top priority, so this is why I still believe that feature releases like the creator’s update should be planned and installed when you are ready to install it. You don’t have to work on Microsoft’s schedule.
Review Your Drivers
I have seen several laptops fail to update from the Windows 10 version 1511 toWindows 10 version 1607 version, all because they had an out of date video driver. So before the creator’s update comes out, I would strongly recommend that you check if there are any updated video drivers for your computer. To do this, go to the web site of your computer’s manufacturer; if you have a newer machine, the site will scan your system and determine what drivers are needed. For example, on the HP web site you can go to the support web site and scan for needed driver updates. If you know the vendor of the video driver you own, you can also go to the vendor web site and have it scan for driver updates — i.e. you can go to the Nvidia video site and have the system scan for updated drivers.
I prefer going to the vendor driver site for upgrades rather than using the Microsoft drivers, because I tend to stick with the released drivers and not install anything from the beta channel that you might see offered up on some of the more gaming video driver sites.