Windows 10 Creators Update: First upgrade experiences

Windows 10 Creators

When you install the latest edition of Windows 10 Creators, you will find the known hurdles for data protection. Pleasingly, the use of old licenses has obviously not changed. A new edition of Windows 10 is mostly fueled: the update package is huge, the upgrade process is faulty, and regularly Microsoft is unpopular, because upgrades often come with subtle attempts to cheer the user the Redmonder standard apps and free data protection settings.

First of all, it is pleasant to know that anyone who still uses the original edition of Windows 10 (Build 10240) or the “November Update” (build 10586) can upgrade to the Creators Update (version 1703 = Build 15063) without any intermediate steps . The size of the downloads varied greatly in our tests: mostly the upgrade tool downloads approximately three and a half gigabytes of data; In one case kanpp six gigabytes ran over the line.

To date, Microsoft’s announcement does not reveal that users will be able to see the privacy settings again before uploading the upgrade. In fact, the upgrade process with the Microsoft tool “Windows10Upgrade9252.exe” is relatively similar to the operation already known from previous issues.

Seriously, Microsoft?

As with the upgrade process on Windows 10 as such, the user must click through a pair of setup dialogs on the first login after upgrading, and this time as well, the respective settings are enabled as standard. If you ignore the options and simply click on the dialogs, the advertising ID will be switched on again, the position service will be activated, voice recognition services and input suggestions will be switched on (“learn”) and telemetry and user data transmission will be set to “Complete” Usage data for individualized tips allowed. However, Cortana’s system, which was previously deactivated with CortanaGehweg system-wide, remains deactivated even after the upgrade, even if the use of Cortana is confirmed during the setup dialog.

Anyone who touches the offered switches of the upgrade facility can, however, expect their settings to be largely the same as those set before the upgrade. In the test we have so far not noticed that other privacy-relevant options (synchronization of settings via the Microsoft account, app access rights, etc.) would be switched on again. Only the privacy settings newly introduced with the Creators Update are enabled as standard, such as app access to diagnostic information and task lists.

A bizarre error could be found on several PCs: If you mark several icons on the desktop and pushes them a few times on the free desktop area, do not always load them where you would expect them, but sometimes vigorously jumbled up.


A question that comes up with every new edition of Windows 10 is after handling old licenses for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. After the previous impressions did not change here: The setup program took and activated in the test key for Windows 7 Home Premium, 8 and 8 Pro – also on systems that have never seen Windows 10 before and with keys , Which were never used before to activate a Windows 10 installation.

In addition, the setup program reads license keys, which have been stored in the hardware by the OEM manufacturer. On an old Surface Pro the setup strangely required the input of a license key, although one for Windows 8 Pro is stored in the ACPI tables of the mainboard – with Windows 10 in version 1607 that had not happened; As well as other devices with Windows 8 OEM license keys do not cause problems in the hardware.

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