Windows 10 November Update Released

Summary:

  • Windows 10 first major operating system update ‘November Update(aka Fall Update) was released on November 12, 2015
  • Version Number and Build number as released – Version 1511 Build 10586.3

Comments:

  • Available via Windows Update or the Media Creation Tool[1,2]
  • Staged Rollout via Windows Update(not all systems will be offered the update at the same time)
  • Most notable feature changes
    • Faster Boot Time
    • Start Menu has improved context menus
    • More tile resizing options
    • Number of tile columns increased from 3 to 4
    • Better integration of Cortana with Edge (Editor Note: Still needs work)
  • New ability to upgrade directly from Windows 7/8.0/8.1 to 1511 bypassing RTM version(1507)
  • Ability to directly clean install and activate Windows 10 using Windows 7/8.0/8.1 Product Keys(i.e. no need to perform an upgrade install followed by, if desired, a clean install)
  • Notes:
    • (a) November Update may not be available through Windows Update if the device was upgraded(from 7/8x to 10) in the last 31 days.  After 31 days have passed the update will become available in Windows Update, the only other option if impacted is to use the Media Creation Tool to perform the 1511 installation.
    • (b) After installing Windows 10 1511, Windows Update’s *Update History* will be reset and start anew thus any update installed prior to 1511 will no longer be present in *Update History*

Additional Information:

Revisions:

November 13, 2015:  Original Draft and Publish Date

November 22, 2015: [Footnote [1] Media Creation Tool temporarily unavailable due to not retaining user settings

November 24, 2015:  Footnote [2] Media Creation Tool available, fixes settings issue and includes Build 10586.11

November 30, 2015:  Added Notes (a) and (b) in Comments section

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