Why I did not have a great time with the Windows 10 Creators update


Those running Windows 10 can’t have failed to notice that Microsoft has began deploying its Creators update lately. This is a pretty substantial update for Windows 10, and brings with it a whole host of changes to the operating system.

Amongst these is the new Paint 3D app, which creative types no doubt will appreciate. And there are also some welcome improvements to security (the Windows Defender antivirus now has an offline mode, which will surely come in handy when dealing with pesky malware). Plus there’s also a new and improved version of Edge, which will be good news for those who use Microsoft’s browser.

But the process of installing this update wasn’t a smooth one in my case, though. And since I’ve got automatic updates activated, this Windows update was unceremoniously dumped on my machine, with Windows informing me all of a sudden that I would need to reboot my PC to apply the update.

This was quite a long process actually, which had me twiddling my thumbs in despair, as I was planning to enjoy a gaming session before Windows 10 niggled me to update (I’ll be a quick one I thought).

And after the lengthy install process finished, I noticed this update had messed up my PC configuration in some unpleasant ways… For instance, I noticed some of the audio settings for my Audigy FX card had changed (3D audio and surround sound had been turned on), making the next game I launched after the update sound rather funny… It did not take long to rectify this, but it was still a minor irritation.

Even worse was the fact that some of my Nvidia graphics card settings had changed too, causing me some display issues that were not much of a pain in the butt to solve, but I wish I hadn’t had to.

Of course, I understand this is a major update which makes many changes to the OS. And since I was able to upgrade to Windows 10 by taking advantage of Microsoft’s free offer back in 2015, maybe I shouldn’t be complaining.

But there were still other irritations though, such as the fact that the start menu’s dynamic tiles were now on again (I find these distracting and prefer to switch them off, which I did, again) and also the fact that icons to some Microsoft apps like Mail (which I don’t use) had ended on my taskbar again. Plus I keep getting nagged by Windows to log in to OneDrive (no thanks, I prefer Google Drive).

In the end, though, and despite the installation and configuration niggles, it’s clear this Windows update will be doing more good than harm to millions of PCs worldwide (I noticed my PC now shuts down quicker now, which no doubt is cool). And it’s likely Microsoft is being more careful with its update policy these days, after some disgruntled users were not so happy about Windows 10 being forced on their machines in the past (and some took the Redmond company to court over the matter too).

So here’s hoping those running Windows 10 and are getting this update pretty soon end up having a smooth ride, and don’t end up having to face the same issues I did. Because the truth is Windows 10 is arguably the Redmond company’s best OS to date, so it would be a great thing if users worldwide can keep enjoying a great Windows computing experience in the future.