Windows 10 Creators Update

Not to be confused with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Windows 10 Creators Update
Version of Microsoft Windows
OS familyWindows 10 (NT 10.0)
CodenameRedstone 2
Architecturex86, x64
Latest build10.0.15063.2679
Release date2017-04-11
Support end2018-10-09 (Home, Pro)
2019-10-08 (Enterprise, Education)
Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Replaced by
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 Creators Update (also known as version 1703 or Redstone 2) is an update for Windows 10, which was released on 11 April 2017.

It is the last version of Windows in which flight-signed binaries are considered invalid past the certificate expiration date, which results in the operating system being rendered unbootable. This functionality would remain up until build 14964.

It is notably the first release of Windows to drop support for devices using Intel Atom "Clover Trail" SoCs, per Microsoft's stated policy of only providing updates for devices during their OEM support period.[1] It is also the last release of Windows to run on devices that have Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/821 (MSM8996) SoCs.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

  • Paint 3D debuted in this update.
  • Added support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
  • Added Night Light.
  • Added Game Mode.
  • Gaming features can now be adjusted in the Settings app using the Gaming page without having to use the Xbox app.
  • Improvements to Gaming features.
  • Updates to Microsoft Edge.
  • Updates to Cortana.
  • The ability to delay updates for up to 35 days was added to the Pro SKU.
  • Changed update mechanism to Unified Update Platform (UUP).
  • The OOBE gained a huge redesign, most notably with the removal of Express settings and the integration of Cortana.
  • Improvements to privacy settings.
  • Updates to the Settings app.
  • Added Storage Sense.
  • The classic desktop version of Windows Defender has been redesigned into a modernized UWP app. The older app continued to co-exist until Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
  • Introduced the ability to create folders for Start menu tiles.
  • Added more personalization features.
  • Updates to existing built-in UWP apps.

Removed features[edit | edit source]

  • The ability to postpone the download of certain updates by designating a network connection as "metered" is no longer possible. Windows Update will download updates regardless if the network is metered or not. This was used as a workaround by users to avoid the requirement for automatic downloads of updates.
  • Interactive Service Detection was removed.
  • The Briefcase functionality was completely removed. Previously, it was disabled by default in Windows 8, but it could be enabled with a registry tweak.

Leftovers[edit | edit source]

Personalization Control Panel[edit | edit source]

Starting with this version, the theme section is present in the Settings app, although the classic applets like Desktop Background, Color and Appearance and Personalization are still present and can be opened using these commands:

  • Personalization: explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
  • Desktop Background: explorer.exe shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper
  • Color and Appearance: explorer.exe shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization

Interestingly enough, the option to have the wallpaper Span does not exist in the classic Desktop Background control panel. To access it, Settings must be used.

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

Pre-Insider Preview[edit | edit source]

Insider Preview (rs_prerelease branch)[edit | edit source]

Insider Preview (rs2_release branch)[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Post-RTM[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hachman, Mark. "Confirmed: Windows 10 may cut off devices with older CPUs", PC World. IDG. 20 July 2017.