2 Windows 10 v1709 changes I like

So I upgraded a virtual machine of mine to Windows 10 to v1709 [a.k.a. Fall Creator Update, Redstone 3] and there are 2 things that will appeal to some.

If you are upgrading from Microsoft’s Windows Update the first thing you will notice is that the amount of “bits” [files] that will be downloaded will be less than previously as the upgrade software downloads just what it needs.

More for the IT professional, if you are doing a free/clean installation of Windows 10 v1709, the media will contain literally all versions of Windows 10 except the Enterprise version. Of course when you install, your serial number you have must still match with the version you choose [although entering the serial number in the screen prior should bypass this screen and the choice of editions].

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[Note: In the above screen Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro N aren’t shown until you scroll down.]

 

 

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Windows 10 v1709 goes RTM

Overnight, Microsoft has signed off with the RTM [“Release to Manufacturing”] of Windows 10 v1709 [a.k.a. Redstone 3, Fall Creator Update].

The build is 16299.15.

The build will official start to be available to current and new users in 2 weeks [October 17th].

Like the previous releases, new systems and current Windows 10 systems that are highly compatible [i.e. almost surely to have a successful upgrade] will get first crack. Over the next while, older systems will be notified.

Of course, once available, you can always upgrade on your own.

For any reason you are at a version older than v1703, I would suggest skipping v1703 and installing v1709. If you never got notified, you may want to check the upgrade advisor when released. You may have hardware that may block you from getting further Windows 10 feature releases.

[Update 2017/10/05:] While it has gone RTMed, Microsoft is testing to verify Windows Update updates. So by October 17th, it should still be build 16299 but the sub-build [if I can call it that] will definitely increase as [for example] there will be an update for “Patch Tuesday” on the October 10th.

What’s removed from Windows 10 v1709

Microsoft [like other companies] like to play around and remove tools and features that they don’t think is used as much while add others.

When Windows 10 v1709 [a.k.a. “Redstone 3”, “Fall Creator Update”] is released very, very, very soon, it will also lose some tools or will  still be included but unlikely to be around by the next release scheduled in March 2018 [v1803].

Among the changes are:

  • 3D Builder app will no  longer be installed by default. Consider using Print 3D in its place. However, 3D Builder is still available for download from the Windows Store [a.k.a. Microsoft Store].
  • Microsoft Paint has been removed but will be available through the Windows Store [a.k.a. Microsoft Store]. Functionality has been integrated into Paint 3D. There was enough of a protest that Microsoft made it available.
  • Would you believe Outlook Express legacy code was removed.
  • PowerShell 2 will be deprecated. Version 5 is already in v1709. If still using 2, 5 has a lot more features and improvements. It should be gone by v1803.
  • There are numerous other changes, mostly “under the hood” – the typical user may not notice or care.

 

 

Microsoft announcements at Ignite 2017

Here’s a short list of software that well be release by the time the Ignite 2018 conference comes around next year:

  • The general availability of SQL Server 2017 was announced and is scheduled for release on October 2nd. Trial version, Express edition and others will be available on or after that date.
  • Office Server 2019 [including Office clients, Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business Server] will be released in the second half of 2018 [more likely in the fall around September when Windows 10 v1809 is expected to be released].
  • [Not announced officially yet] But not surprising, Windows 10 v1709 and Windows Server 2016 v1709 will be released this week.

First RTM of Windows 10 Fall Creator Update released

The RTM [“Release to Manufacturing”] of the first Fall Creator Update is out. Build 16288.

But make no mistake. There will be other builds coming after. This build is the first in a series of final builds. Each build will go through some more testing and eventually one of them with no [hopefully] issues will be picked as the actual final release.

The final release should be available before the end of the month as Microsoft has its Ignite conference at the end of the month and will showcase the release.

As previously mentioned, October 17th seems like the actual release date for the Fall Creator Update and most likely the Server 2016 equivalent.

In the mean time, work has been going on fir a bit of time for the following release due in March 2018.