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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: All the new features and how to download it right now

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Since Tuesday, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has started rolling out on PCs across the world. Unlike the previous Tuesday, this update (so far), hasn't caused major problems. The previous mandatory update caused havoc for many users, but Microsoft seems to have worked out all the issues. As we've explained earlier, the Fall Creators Update comes with a big focus on VR by offering more affordable devices and unlock a lot more games.

 If you're not interested in VR, then you'll be happy to know that there's a lot more packed into the update; better security features, faster broadcasting for gaming, a better social experience, and lots more.

Ways to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will arrive on your PC over the next few days, and if auto update is enabled, you'll receive a prompt to run it at a convenient time. If you don't want to wait, then you can download the update manually via the Software Download Site. You can also check by:

Go to Settings, Update and Security, and click on Check for Updates. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will either appear to download, if not, then wait until it arrives in your region.

Only advanced users should follow the download instructions via the Software Download Site. Just click the "Update Now" button and the Update Assistant will guide you through the process. Lastly, you can also do a clean Windows 10 install on the same site, but by selecting the "Create Windows 10 installation media."

What's new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Below is a summary of the most important features, you can read through the detailed changes here.

  • Windows Mixed Reality: The fine print with this incredible feature is that you need a compatible Windows PC. If you do, a new world opens up where you can experience things like VR gaming and other mixed reality opportunities. To see if your rig is ready to power Windows Mixed Reality, download this app. For gamers, it's important to know that Steam's VR Library is now open to play and purchase via Windows Mixed Reality.
  • Mixed Reality Viewer: Use Paint 3D to mix your actual surroundings (through your PC’s camera) into photos.
  • Photos: Tailor your photos to tell a personal story with the new features. More filters, text, 3D effects (full 3D objects coming soon), turns every photo into a journey.
  • My People: This gives you quick access to your most important contacts. Once pinned in your taskbar they're a click away from starting a Skype conversation or sending an email - without having to open those apps.
  • People-first Sharing: Also another quick way to connect, just drag a file to pinned contacts, or use the "Share" picker.
  • Edge: If you're using Edge than you can now pin those important websites. You can also edit URLs for favourites, and use full-screen mode (F11).
  • Windows Store: It has a new icon and integrates the Windows and Xbox Stores.
  • Windows Defender Exploit Guard: A new security measure that protects against ransomware attacks like WannaCry.
  • Windows Defender Antivirus: Also upgraded to include "specific safeguards" and "default enhanced coverage" giving immediate safeguards bu using Microsoft's cloud protection service.
  • Phone integration: You can now forward websites that you've searched/used on your phone to your PC to continue browsing. Android users can now use the Microsoft Launcher to access a tailored feed for "important events, top news, recent activities, favourite people and most frequently used apps."
  • OneDrive Files On-Demand: Files saved in one drive can now be accessed the same way as any other file on your PC - without taking up hard drive space.
  • Currency Converter: This nifty tool is now part of the calculator.
  • Choose your performance/battery balance: A slider that allows you to select optimal settings for different situations.
  • Gaming: The Game Mode App and Mixer broadcasting are easier to use. PC gamers can use the "Xbox Networking" tool to identify and ensure network connection quality while using voice chat and playing multiplayer games. Lastly, the GPU toll in Task manager now displays vital information about your graphics card and system performance.

You can also watch the video below for an in-depth walkthrough of the new features.

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