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As we know, Windows 10 Creators Update (CU) is few weeks away from releasing worldwide. The big question, should you upgrade to Windows 10 CU on day 1?
I have been testing latest Windows 10 builds, since I am part of Windows Insiders. Okay, just a little background on what is Windows Insiders. With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft created a testing program, called Windows Insiders (WI). WI headed by Dona Sarkar, is an option in Windows 10 that if opt in, Microsoft will start pushing Windows builds which are unfinished and still in development to the users so they can start testing Windows and provide feedback to Microsoft on what is working and what is not.
There are three Insider rings:
- Fast: This is for those daring users who want to be at the cutting edge. They get the new features at its early stages, which are buggy & unstable. They are more prone to system crashing.
- Slow: When a Windows Build releases on this ring, it somewhat assures you that the build is stable, won’t crash as often as the Fast ring. However, the build in this ring does not guarantee stability either. When a Build is done with the Fast ring, it is then pushed to the Slow ring.
- Release Preview: This is slightly different and a latest entrant in the WI program. This ring is for those who would want to stay in the current branch but test new app features, drive updates, other cumulative updates before they are released to general public.
That was a little background on Windows Insiders. The last build 15063 which I installed and tested seems quite stable and it maybe the build which gets released to the public in April. However, my personal advise for the Normal user and by normal I mean, who don’t care much about the operating system itself, and just wants to get their work done and call it a day.
For Home/Normal users, there is no rush to upgrade to Windows 10 CU right away. There are plenty of goodies in the new OS, but none of them are like “I want it today” kind of features. Read my post “Stalking Windows 10” for some quick info on the upcoming features.
One killer and my personal favorite platform update is the inclusion of Windows Mixed Reality. For this feature to work, you of course need the Mixed/Virtual Reality headsets, you need content and apps to take advantage of the MR/VR platform. Which as it stand, there are no good contents or headsets choice available.
The bigger reason to defer your upgrade plans over some weekend is, how stable will the OS be when it releases? Granted, and as I said above, the build 15063 is quite stable and I haven’t experienced big issues with it, but so was my experience with Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607), but I think we all know how bad the experience was.
Windows 10 AU did bring in plethora of issues for the early adopters, including myself. I still can’t forget how my production machine (Lenovo G50) kept freezing time to time, or not shutting down until it was forced to. There was a codec that was removed which broke webcam drivers that crashed the OS, and a number of other issues. The same experience I had with my Surface Pro 4, which at times just refuses to shutdown upon clicking on the power down button.
As for myself, I will be upgrading to CU as soon as my Windows Update prompts me to. And I know a lot of other tech enthusiasts too will do so. But for the rest of people, including my wife, it is best to defer the updates whenever Windows prompts you to. Let the power users test the system, thrash out bugs, let Microsoft provide early patches and fixes to the system. And then you can go for it. I did suggest, defer the upgrade for at least 8 weeks. By then we shall all know how the roll out has been and if there are known issues still by then.
Oh one important point, before you plan to upgrade, make sure you backup all your important data, and that sets the stage for my next article.
Till then, have a great day.
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