Why You Should NOT Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Yet
1. Wait Until It’s Your TurnThough the update has technically launched, Microsoft isn’t rolling it out to every Window 10 system at the same time. Not only would that strain Microsoft’s servers, but it’s rolled out progressively to systems that are compatible for it. If there’s a known bug with your hardware, you theoretically shouldn’t get the update until there’s a fix. You have a specific place in the queue for a reason and jumping that is risky.
If your turn comes around and you still wish to delay, have no fear. Those running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise can push the brakes for four months. Press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Update & security > Advanced options and tick Defer Feature Updates. This will move your system into the Business update branch; you’ll only receive the update once Microsoft has deemed it suitable for its Enterprise audience.
For more information on delaying, see our guide on how to temporarily turn off Windows Update.
2. Don’t Corrupt a Stable BuildIf your system is running smoothly, why would you want to risk that for an upgrade which could mess things up? You likely use your Windows 10 computer daily and can probably do without the Creators Update for now. Cast your mind back to the Anniversary Update, which was rife with issues, with people running into storage errors, software compatibility problems, freezes, and more. There’s no need to put yourself at risk for those headaches.
While Microsoft has a build that they are pushing out for the launch of the Creators Update, it’ll by no means be the last. Again, looking back at the Anniversary Update, the release build was updated multiple times during its roll out. The final build contained masses of fixes. After that, Microsoft released many cumulative updates to continue fixing issues. The same thing will probably happen this time.
3. Wait for Bug FixesThe Insider Program allows you to get early access to updates, though you obviously put your system at risk by opting in. Nevertheless, this is one way that Microsoft tests their new releases for general release. Before things get pushed out to a wider audience, those on the Insider Program agree to send Microsoft diagnostic information so that bugs can get fixed early rather than later.
However, the Insider Preview is no match for a public release to millions of different systems. The possible hardware and software configurations are more diverse than what’s available to test among a limited number of Windows Insiders. Hence, it’s better to upgrade later, when the majority of bugs have been fixed, rather than earlier, when you’re more likely to run into problems.
4. Questionable Privacy ChangesThose running Home or Pro versions of the operating system can only choose between Basic or Full data collection. Microsoft claims that the Basic level only collects data that is necessary for keeping your system secure, and has been reassessed for the Creators Update, while those on Full have their data used to deliver more personalized experiences.
Though the Creators Update commendably has you confirm your privacy settings after upgrading, even the Basic level still collects questionable information, including apps you’ve installed and your usage time, your hardware specifications, driver usage, and more. Microsoft has published a Creators Update privacy blog post where you can find further details.