The Windows 10 Creators Update is out now and some of your users might already have it. These “updates,” like the Anniversary Update last year, are really more like what we used to think of as full version upgrades of Windows. You could think of the Anniversary Update as Windows 11 and the Creators Update as Windows 12 and not be all that wrong. And as with all version upgrades, while they talk a lot about the consumer-facing features, there’s lots of good stuff for IT professionals as well.
Here’s a sampling of what you can do with Windows 1703 (the official version number of the Windows 10 Creators Update).
- Windows Configuration Designer is now available in the Windows Store for quick creation of provisioning packages
- You can, FINALLY, convert MBR to GPT partitions to enable UEFI secure boot
- Windows Hello for Business now has better support for on-prem AD
- Windows Defender has gotten MUCH more powerful
- Much more secure Mobile Device Management (MDM)
- Ability to control Start layout and taskbar layout via Group Policy
- Ability to control which Settings pages are visible to the user
- Windows Subsystem for Linux: run native Linux commandline tools without a VM, or just use bash instead of Powershell
- Speaking of Powershell, it has replaced Command Prompt in the Win+X menu
- Much better high DPI display scaling, including moving windows across monitors
- Blue light filtering a la F.lux
Jeff Kirvin, PEI