Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703) Changelog

Windows 10 Creators Update is the third major update released for Windows 10 operating system. It is also referred as RedStone 2, Build 15063, Version 1703, Windows 10.3 and Windows 10 Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Creators Update build contains all features and changes present in various Windows 10 Insider Preview builds released after Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 14393. All Windows 10 builds which were released after Windows 10 Anniversary Update, came from Redstone 2 development branch, that's why these builds are also known as RS2 (Redstone 2) builds.

If you are interested in finding changes between Windows 10 Anniversary Update build and Creators Update build, following changelog will definitely please you:

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14901 Changelog:

Build 14901 was the 1st Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on August 11, 2016. This new build arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New sync provider notifications in Windows Explorer to educate users about new Windows 10 features. You can disable them by clicking on "View" tab present in Windows Explorer ribbon and click on "Options" button to open Folder Options, then go to "View" tab and uncheck "Show sync provider notifications" option.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14905 Changelog:

Build 14905 was the 2nd Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on August 17, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Updated Narrator Scan mode for table navigation to support CTRL + ALT + HOME to go to the beginning of the table and CTRL + ALT + END to go to the end of the table.
  • Microsoft Edge now supports the CTRL + O keyboard shortcut for setting focus to the address bar.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14915 Changelog:

Build 14915 was the 3rd Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on August 31, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improving app and update downloads in Windows 10 with Delivery Optimization.
  • Updated the Connect flyout so that the clickable area for each device listed now spans across the full width of the flyout.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14926 Changelog:

Build 14926 was the 4th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on September 14, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Snooze" feature on tabs in Microsoft Edge browser for setting Cortana reminders.
  • Uninstalled apps will no longer reinstall after upgrading to a newer Windows 10 build. (More Info)

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14931 Changelog:

Build 14931 was the 5th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on September 21, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improvements to Feedback Hub app including addition of new dark theme and settings page.
  • Improvements to Maps and Skype apps.
  • Native support for USB Audio 2.0 devices with an inbox class driver.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14936 Changelog:

Build 14936 was the 6th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on September 28, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New extensions for Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • Authentication changes affecting connectivity to NAS devices and home file servers.
  • Updates for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14942 Changelog:

Build 14942 was the 7th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 07, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Show app list in Start Menu" option in Settings -> Personalization -> Start page to collapse the app list in the Start Menu. (More Info)
  • New Addressbar addition to Registry Editor (regedit) program to allow easier navigation in registry tree.
  • Updated Photos app.
  • Improvements to gesture and click detection on precision touchpads.
  • New Windows Update icon.
  • New option to manage notifications from Windows Update in Settings -> System -> Notifications page.
  • Service hosts are split into separate processes on PCs with 3.5 GB+ of RAM.
  • Now users can change Active Hours range to 18 hours on Pro, Enterprise and Education editions.
  • Improvements to Narrator app.
  • Improved framerates when Game Bar is enabled for full screen games.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14946 Changelog:

Build 14946 was the 8th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 13, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Other Gestures" section in "Settings -> Devices -> Touchpad" page to customize three and four finger gestures.
  • Now you can select a time to turn on Wi-Fi automatically under "Settings -> Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi" page.
  • Optional components such as Hyper-V and Bash should remain installed after updating to this build.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14951 Changelog:

Build 14951 was the 9th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 19, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improvements to customization experience for precision touchpad.
  • Windows Ink Improvements.
  • Improvements to Photos app.
  • Improvements to Camera.
  • No reboot required after turning on Developer Mode.
  • Improvements to Narrator.
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14955 Changelog:

Build 14955 was the 10th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 25, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improvements to Outlook Mail & Calendar apps.
  • Context Awareness in Narrator.
  • Now you can draw along the protractor and have the degree visual remain visible until you start drawing again. Also updated the degree visual to be more clear - black text on a white background, as opposed to the previous black text on a red background.
  • Updated the advanced tab of the device properties window in the Sounds control panel to now allow you to select the following sample dates as the default format for devices that support it: 24 and 32 bit at 176400Hz, and 16, 24 and 32 bit at 352800 Hz.
  • USB Audio 2.0 devices are now named based on the make/model of the device, rather than using a generic name, in places across the system, for example Device Manager.
  • Updated the Trusted Platform Module Management control panel (TPM.msc) to provide additional detail when the TPM is "Not ready for use" or "Ready for use, with reduced functionality".

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14959 Changelog:

Build 14959 was the 11th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 03, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Addition of Zoom option in View menu of Hyper-V virtual machines to override default scaling and set it to 100, 125, 150 or 200.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14965 Changelog:

Build 14965 was the 12th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 09, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Show touchpad button" option in Taskbar context menu to easily control external monitors from tablets.
  • Improvements to Sticky Notes.
  • Improvements to Windows Ink Workspace.
  • Enhancements to address bar in Registry Editor including support for new Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut to set focus to address bar and support for shorthand notations such as HKCU, HKLM, etc.
  • Updated the ALT + F4 Shutdown dialog to better respond to DPI changes when connected to an external monitor.
  • Improvements to Hyper-V virtual machines.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14971 Changelog:

Build 14971 was the 13th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 17, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Support for reading unprotected e-book in EPUB file format in Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • New Paint 3D preview app.
  • Command Prompt replaced with PowerShell in File Explorer and WIN+X Menu. (How-to Restore: Link 1, Link 2)
  • The experimental "Snooze" action on a tab in Microsoft Edge which provides a way to set a Cortana reminder on the website you are viewing is no longer available.
  • Updated some of the desktop wizards (including "map a network drive" and "extract from zip") to now be proportionally sized when moved across monitors.
  • Enabled OAuth support for Yahoo Mail accounts. This will improve sync reliability for those accounts, and provide a more secure experience in the Outlook Mail app.
  • Improvements to Japanese and Chinese input method editors (IME).
  • Improved reliability when using the protractor and inking in Sketchpad.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14986 Changelog:

Build 14986 was the 14th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on December 07, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New Windows Defender Dashboard app. (Related)
  • Improvements to Cortana including ability to turn off computer, changing volume, controlling music playback, etc.
  • Improvements to Registry Editor including support for keyboard shortcuts such as Alt+Up Arrow, Alt+Left Arrow, Alt+Right Arrow to go up, backwards and forwards respectively.
  • New option to customize fonts in View menu of Registry Editor menubar.
  • Updated the Taskbar context menu settings entry to now explicitly be called "Taskbar settings", as that is where it pointed.
  • New Enterprise Cloud Printers discovery UI under Settings -> Devices -> Printers & scanners page.
  • Added support for additional games in full-screen mode with Windows game bar (press WIN+G to invoke game bar).
  • New extensions for Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • Changes in the rendering technology used for many types of UWP app content.
  • Improvements to Narrator app.
  • Improvements to Windows Update experience.
  • Improvements to Windows Ink experience.
  • Improvements to Chinese and Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Improved the Windows Hello face which may require you to "Improve Recognition" to get recognized again. To do this go to Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in Options and under "Windows Hello" and "Face Recognition", select "Improve Recognition" to go through the Improve Recognition wizard.
  • Changed the default state of the Handwriting Panel to be floating next to the text field, rather than docked at the bottom of the screen. If you prefer docked-mode, you can still select it by tapping the icon in the top right corner of the Handwriting Panel.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15002 Changelog:

Build 15002 was the 15th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on January 09, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New option to pause updates for up to 35 days in Windows Update settings (Professional, Education and Enterprise editions only). (More Info)
  • New option to decide whether or not to include driver updates when you update Windows in Windows Update settings (Professional, Education and Enterprise editions only). (More Info)
  • New icon in Windows Update Settings page to make easier to see your update status at a glance.
  • Windows 10 Home edition users will now also be able to leverage the increased 18 hour max window for Active Hours in Windows Update settings.
  • Ability to group tiles on Start Screen into folders.
  • New feature experiment to improve Windows battery life.
  • Addition of "Set as metered connection" option to Ethernet (LAN) connections. (Related)
  • New tab preview bar in Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • New "Set these tabs aside" feature in Microsoft Edge to quickly and easily manage tabs.
  • Addition of "New window" and "New InPrivate window" options in jumplist of Microsoft Edge.
  • New click-to-run functionality for Flash content in Microsoft Edge.
  • Preview support for Microsoft Wallet in Microsoft Edge.
  • Updated Windows share experience which will pop-up the new flyout within the app.
  • WIN+SHIFT+S keyboard shortcut to capture a region of your screen. (More Info)
  • Improved high-DPI support for desktop apps.
  • Improved performance and smoothness of animations while resizing program windows.
  • Improvements to Desktop icon placement and scaling.
  • Improvements to Network flyout to quickly connect to a VPN.
  • Improved sign-in dialog for apps.
  • Lunar Calendar support for the Taskbar.
  • Improvements to Windows Ink.
  • Improvements to Cortana.
  • Improvements to accessibility features.
  • Improvements to new Windows Defender app.
  • Improvements to Settings app.
  • Improvements to Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview builds will now have GSOD (Green Screen of Death) instead of traditional BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) to easily distinguish Windows Insider reports vs the reports of those on production builds.
  • The 3D Builder app has been moved to the "Windows Accessories" folder on Start.
  • [Fixed] Issue where Disk Cleanup would sometimes unexpectedly show 3.99TB worth of Windows Update Cleanup files. (More Info)
  • Updated logic so if the Microsoft Edge window is narrow and Cortana has a tip, Cortana will only appear as an icon in the address bar. If you expand the window, you'll see the full suggestion as before.
  • Updated tooltips for the Microsoft Edge favorites bar to wrap around for longer website names rather than truncate.
  • Updated the Speaker Properties dialog to now allow you to configure Spatial Audio for different endpoints. If the current playback device has Spatial Audio enabled, the volume icon in the notification area will now indicate this.
  • Made some tweaks to the backend for how users connect to devices, such as Miracast displays and other PCs. Use the Connect UI (WIN+K) as you normally would, and file feedback if you encounter any issues.
  • Removed the rerouting of mspaint.exe to Paint 3D.
  • When you use Miracast to a device that supports input (for example, an Actiontec Screenbeam or Miracast-enabled Windows 10 PC), you will now see a toast notification to help you enable input (touch, keyboard, etc) on that device.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15007 Changelog:

Build 15007 was the 16th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on January 12, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improvements to Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • Now themes settings page allows you to directly download themes for your PC from Windows Store.
  • Improvements to Cortana.
  • Scrollbar improvements for UWP apps.
  • Windows Hello Enrollment Improvements.
  • Keyboard navigation improvements for the Snipping Tool.
  • Inline progress bar for notifications.
  • New Bluetooth APIs.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15014 Changelog:

Build 15014 was the 17th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on January 19, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Cortana's search box in Taskbar now uses a lighter shade.
  • Cortana notifications text is now a bit larger and uses the accent color.
  • You can now pick your own custom accent color in Settings -> Personalization -> Colors page.
  • New option in Storage Settings to automatically delete unused temporary files and items that have been in your recycle bin for 30 days to free up disk space. This option is off by default, but you can turn it on under Settings -> System -> Storage Settings and choose what it cleans up.
  • Wi-Fi Sense and Paid Wi-Fi Services settings have been merged into a single section entitled "Wi-Fi services" under Settings -> Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi section.
  • New power slider in the power flyout on the Taskbar. But the slider does not work at the moment, it's just the UI right now.
  • You can now purchase e-books directly from Windows Store and read them in Microsoft Edge.
  • You may see the Mail app pinned to your Taskbar after updating to Build 15014. The Mail app is now pinned by default to the Taskbar starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update. If you unpin the Mail app after this change, it will not return.
  • To improve keyboard accessibility, Snipping Tool has been updated - moving the mode options under New over to a new Mode button. Clicking New will now immediately start the snip.
  • Made some polish adjustments to the Background Settings and Printers & Scanners Settings pages.
  • Updated the WIN+X flyout to say "Apps and Features" instead of "Programs and Features".

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15019 Changelog:

Build 15019 was the 18th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on January 27, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Built-in beam streaming feature for Xbox users.
  • New "Gaming" section in Settings app.
  • New "Game Mode" in Settings -> Gaming section to optimize Windows 10 PC for gaming.
  • Read aloud feature in Microsoft Edge web browser to read e-books.
  • Microsoft Edge can now display full-color and updated emoji on websites.
  • New privacy settings can be customized at Out-Of-Box-Experience (OOBE) screen which is displayed when you setup Windows 10 PC for the first time.
  • Blue Light feature renamed to Night Light in Settings -> System -> Display section.
  • You can now resize your Virtual Machine Connection in Hyper-V by dragging the corners of the window.
  • Newly downloaded apps and games from the Store will now show download progress inside of the Action Center.
  • "Troubleshooters" section of classic Control Panel has been added into Settings -> Update & security -> Troubleshoot page.
  • Custom scaling has been migrated from Control Panel to now be a subpage in Display Settings.
  • Updated the e-book viewer in Microsoft Edge so that if you've clicked on an image, you can now Ctrl + Mouse wheel to zoom.
  • Polished the animation when moving tiles in and out of folders on Start.
  • Updated Themes settings page to now contain a link to the Store to find more themes to download.
  • Updated Dial Settings to now list customized apps alphabetically.
  • Improved Settings reliability.
  • Adjusted the look of the Virtual Touchpad to make the left/right buttons more visible.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15025 Changelog:

Build 15025 was the 19th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on February 01, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Braille support in Narrator.
  • New mono audio option in Ease of Access settings.
  • Improvements to Night light feature.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15031 Changelog:

Build 15031 was the 20th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on February 08, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New compact overlay window mode for apps which will show an app above other windows so it won't get blocked.
  • New dynamic lock feature under Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options which will automatically lock your Windows 10 PC after 30 seconds when you're not around based the proximity of a Bluetooth-paired phone.
  • New "Share" icon.
  • Support for 52 additional games in full-screen mode in Windows game bar.
  • Updated OOBE so that if there's no detected audio output device, for example with VMs, it now skips Cortana's introduction.
  • Improved gesture recognition for 3 finger swipes on precision touchpads.
  • Updated the help string on each page of Settings to be a bit more succinct.
  • Improved reliability when handling malformed Gifs in XAML-based apps.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15042 Changelog:

Build 15042 was the 21st Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on February 24, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New Cortana animation in OOBE screen.
  • Now Microsoft Edge shows notification in URL bar if flash contents are blocked on a website.
  • Improvements to reading experience in Microsoft Edge.
  • The new Share icon is now visible in Microsoft Edge and the Windows Ink Workspace Sketchpad and Screen Sketch.
  • If you right-click an app suggestion in Share, you'll now find a context menu option to turn them off.
  • The night light on/off animation's duration has been increased to 2 minutes.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15046 Changelog:

Build 15046 was the 22nd Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on February 28, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Color of Cortana's home on Taskbar has been reset to default.
  • New icon for Windows Defender Security Center in Taskbar notification area. (Related)
  • Improvements to Cortana.
  • Improvements to translations.
  • New Gaming icon in Settings.
  • New applications installation control feature in "Settings -> Apps -> Apps & features" page to control what type of apps are allowed to install on your PC.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15048 Changelog:

Build 15048 was the 23rd Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on March 03, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Bug fixes and general improvements.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15055 Changelog:

Build 15055 was the 24th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on March 10, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Bug fixes and general improvements.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15058 Changelog:

Build 15058 was the 25th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on March 14, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Bug fixes and general improvements.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15060 Changelog:

Build 15060 was the 26th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on March 16, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Bug fixes and general improvements.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15061 Changelog:

Build 15061 was the 27th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on March 17, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Bug fixes and general improvements.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.15063 Changelog:

Build 15063 was the 28th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on March 20, 2017. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Bug fixes and general improvements.

This build was released to public as Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) on April 05, 2017.

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We tried to cover all major changes and new features present in various Windows 10 testing builds released after Anniversary Update build. If you know about any other important feature or change which is not present in this article, feel free to share it in your comment and we'll add it to the list.

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  • Starting with build 14942, anyone using a third party AV ran into problems.
    That problem still has not been addressed by Microsoft. As of the last release, build 14965, Microsoft has even stopped mentioning the problem.
    Does Microsoft really expect everyone to be satisfied with Defender ?

  • "Windows 10 Build 10.0.14986 Changelog:
    Build 14986 was the 14th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 17, 2016."

    It's a copy/paste issue. It was released on December 07, 2016 - if I'm not wrong.

    Adaz

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks for the heads up. Corrected. :)

  • One of the largest, deepest changes for the Creator's Update is the major shift away from the legacy Control Panel to the new Settings UWP app. It will be interesting to see the industry reaction when a user can't even open up Programs and Features or Devices and Printers. You can open them both now, but they're buried.

  • i agree with the guy whos name is too close to the lead singer of aerosmith. stop fixing what isnt broke, microsoft!

  • ran into a really stupid issue with the Creator's Update (15063). An older application all the sudden can't print to a shared networked printer on those workstations that updated to 15063, while those still on 14393, including the host that shares that printer, will work just fine.
    All workstations, including the 15063 ones, can print from default Windows applications (like Notepad) or the printer test page just fine though.
    The error code from the (RM/AccuCOBOL based) application on 15063 is 93, which would be a"file locked by another station error", which of course doesn't make much sense in this case... :-(

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