Microsoft pushed the go-ahead button for Windows 10 Creators Update on April 5, allowing experienced users to manually download the new OS version on their PCs.
One week later, on April 11, Microsoft also started the official rollout of the Creators Update as an automatic upgrade via Windows Update, but in this case, the release takes place gradually, and some users need to wait more than others to receive it.
As a result, more and more users are tempted to upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update manually, but Microsoft says that you shouldn’t do this unless you are an experienced user.
The reason is that the Creators Update might be hit by compatibility issues, either hardware or software, and when you manually install it, the upgrade process bypasses any checks that could prevent critical problems. On Windows Update, on the other hand, Microsoft is only making the Creators Update available for your system when it is 100 percent sure that all problems are gone.
“It’s important to note that when customers use the Software Download Site to manually install the Creators Update they bypass many of these blocks,” Microsoft explains.
“Therefore, we continue to recommend (unless you’re an advanced user who is prepared to work through some issues) that you wait until the Windows 10 Creators Update is automatically offered to you. When your device becomes eligible for the Creators Update rollout, you’ll be prompted to make some important choices on your privacy settings before the Creators Update can install.”
Microsoft says that “millions” have already upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update, while third-party data shows that approximately 10 percent of the Windows 10 PCs out there are currently on version 1703.
Adoption of the Creators Update is expected to grow substantially in the coming weeks and months as it becomes available via Windows Update for more systems, but this all depends on how fast Microsoft manages to address the compatibility issues that are blocking the upgrade.