Windows 10 – Creators Update Available April 5th

Summary:  Microsoft makes Windows 10 Creators Update available early on April 5th, 2017


  • Windows 10 Creators Update, the next version major release for Windows 10, is now available as of April 5th
  • Microsoft previously announced the Windows 10 Creators Update would be rolled out in stages on April 11th
  • A variety of methods/options are available to obtain the Creators Update in advance of the previously announced scheduled deployment date.  The primary consumer methods are noted below. Also see the ‘How-To’ section for specific information on each method.
          • Media Creation Tool
          • Upgrade Assistant
          • Windows 10 Windows Update
          • Windows 10 Refresh option
  • The above methods are primarily intended for early adopters interested in installing the Windows 10 Creator’s update in advance of the scheduled staged rollout starting on April 11, 2017
      • Note: Staged rollout = Not everyone will receive the new Windows 10 Creator bits at the same time

How To:

  • Media Creation Tool – (Microsoft tool on the Windows 10 Software Download web page for creating Windows 10 USB/DVD media and optionally an ISO file for mounting or creating media)
    • Visit the Windows 10 Software Download web page, download and save the Media Creation Tool executable file(MediaCreationTool.exe), close all open applications, and Run the executable in Admin mode
  • Update Assistant
    • Visit the Windows 10 Software Download web page and choose the ‘Upgrade Now’ option
  • Windows Update
    • Windows 10 – Settings/Update and Security/Windows Update)
  • Windows 10 Refresh Option
    • Windows 10 – Settings/Update and Security/Recovery/More Recovery Options)

Additional Information:


April 6th, 2017:  Initial Draft Date

April 7, 2017:  Draft Published

April 8, 2017: Initial Publish date with final edits

Windows 10 – Media Creation Tool – Creating Installation Media

Summary:  How to create Windows 10 installation media using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool


  • This article provides a text and graphical overview of the steps to create Windows 10 USB installation media using the available (free) Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
  • The information shown is for using the latest available Windows 10 Version 1607 Media Creation Tool
    • The digital signature of the latest version is ‎Thursday, ‎December ‎8, ‎2016 1:14:04 AM
  • When creating Windows 10 Version 1607 media the following media capacities are required
    • USB Flash Drive – 8 GB
    • DVD disc – Dual Layer DVD – 8.5 GB
        • Note: When creating Windows 10 media containing both 32 bit (x86) and 64 bit (x64) architectures for both both Home and Pro editions you should use USB media with a 16 GB minimum size
  • Windows 10 Version 1607 created media by design includes both Home and Pro editions
        • If desired, the option to create media for Windows 10 Home- Single Language is available, but only select this option is you are running Windows 10 Home Single Language
  • Direct link to download the Media Creation Tool (MediaCreationTool.exe)

Media Creation Process:

    1. Download and save the Media Creation Tool executable file (MediaCreationTool.exe)
    2. Right click the Media Creation Tool executable file and select ‘Run as Administrator’
    3. Connect a USB Flash Drive – As noted above an 8 GB size drive is required
    4. Accept the License Terms
    5. Choose ‘Create Installation media for another pc’; Click Next
    6. Choose a language, edition, and architecture; Click Next
    7. Select ‘USB Flash Drive’ on the ‘Choose which media to use’ page; Click Next
    8. Select and verify the correct USB Flash Drive; Click Next
    9. The tool will proceed to download, verify and create Windows 10 Version 1607 media
    10. Once Complete, the final screen will inform that your ‘USB Flash Drive ‘is Ready’

Graphical Overview of the Media Creation Process:







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Additional Information:



August 3, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

October 31, 2016:  Added more detail for clarification in the ‘Comments’ section

January 31, 2017: Added ‘Graphical Overview’ section

March 28, 2017: Rewrote entire article, added and updated information, deleted original from blog, republished

Microsoft Surface update history

Summary:   Microsoft Surface web site for the latest and past released software and firmware updates



  • Microsoft’s Surface Update History (Software and Firmware) web site for Surface devices
  • Applies to the following Surface devices
    • Surface, Surface Pro
    • Surface 2, Surface Pro 2
    • Surface 3, Surface Pro 3
    • Surface Pro 4
    • Surface Book, Surface Book with Performance Base
    • Surface Studio
  • Direct links to obtain update history for the above Surface devices
  • Surface Updates are automatically installed via Windows Update
  • Note: Surface Updates files can also be downloaded and installed manually for most Surface devices
    • The file name format is the Surface version, followed by the operating system, followed by the release number.
    • To obtain, download and install Surface Updates manually follow the steps in this procedure


Additional Information:



November 22, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

December 8, 2016: Revised Comment section; Added ‘Applies to’ comment

January 14, 2017:  Added example picture to better explain the multiple files available for download and installation.

Windows 10 – Windows Defender Offline

Summary:   How to Run Windows Defender Offline



  • Windows 10 Version 1607 includes a new feature(tool) for malware removal – ‘Windows Defender Offline’
  • Windows Defender Offline is integrated into Windows 10 Version 1607
  • Windows Defender Offline performs the scan prior to Windows startup (i.e. Offline)
  • Provides the ability to remove malware and viruses that may be difficult or not capable of being removed while Windows is running



Note: Save all work and close all applications prior to proceeding to run Windows Defender Offline

  • Steps to run Windows Defender Offline
    • Click on each in sequence
      • Start Button
      • Settings
      • Update and Security
      • Windows Defender (then scroll down to ‘Windows Defender Offline’)
      • Scan Offline


    • After clicking ‘Scan Online’ the Windows Defender Offline process will provide an alert that Windows will shutdown in about a minute.  Once the timeout occurs, Windows will Restart
    • After the required Restart, Windows Defender will briefly show a screen indicating the scan is about to begin
    • Once the scan begins the Windows Defender Offline graphical interface will appear with a progress bar
    • The scan typically takes about 15 minutes to complete
    • Once complete, if no malware is found, the system/device will reboot
      • If malware(an infection) is found, Windows Defender Offline will provide the ability to remove the malware/infection.  
            • (Note: Windows Defender Offline, like all other Antivirus/Antimalware scanning software that runs resident and non-resident may not be able to remove all forms of malware)



August 3, 2016: Initial Draft Date

October 9th, 2016: Initial Publish Date

March 15, 2017:  Updated ‘Comments’ and  itemized  ‘How-To’ steps in bullet form

Windows 10 ‘Anniversary Update’ Released


  • Windows 10’s second major operating system update ‘Anniversary Update’ was released on Aug 2, 2016
  • Version Number and Build number as released – Version 1607  Build 14393.10


  • Multiple Methods are available to obtain the Anniversary Update
      • Staged Rollout automatically via Windows Update(newer machines will receive the update first)
      • Manually ‘Check for Updates’ in Windows 10 Windows Update
              • Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update
              • The Anniversary Update will show up as ‘Feature Update’ with an option to update, download, and install
      • Clicking the ‘Learn More’ option/link in Windows Update
              • The ‘Learn More’ link once clicked will redirect to a Microsoft support site providing the option to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update ISO file
      • Visit the Windows 10 Download web site/page  and click ‘Update Now’ (probably the most convenient method for end-users interested in obtaining Windows 10 Anniversary Update ASAP)

Additional Information:

  1. Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2
  2. How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  3. New Video Series This Week on Windows Highlights Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  4. Download Windows 10



August 2, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

August 19, 2016:  Updated Comment Section with link to obtain Anniversary Update via Windows 10 Download web site/page (compliments of Ed Bott’s Aug. 16, 2016 article)

The Microsoft Windows Insider Program-How to Join

Summary:   How to Join the Windows Insider Program for Windows 10


  • A brief overview of the method join the Microsoft Windows Insider Program and install the Windows 10 Insider Program build pre-release software
  • The Windows Insider Program requires Windows 10 to be installed on the device(pc)
  • A Microsoft Account is required



  • Install Windows 10 on your device
  • Main Home Page URL -
  • Join
    • Access the Home page URL
    • Click on ‘Sign In’ option in the upper right corner
    • Sign on by entering a Microsoft Account Username(Email Address) and Password(Required, use an existing Microsoft Account or create one), then click ‘Sign In’


    • Click on the ‘Get Started’ dialog box to initiate the Registration process
    • Read the Program Agreement and the Privacy Statement
    • Accept the terms of agreement for  the Windows Insider Program by checking the provided box(Required)
    • Click Submit to finish the Registration process(Required)


  • Install Windows Insider Program pre-release version/build software
    • To obtain the Windows Insider Program Windows 10 Insider software for your device log on to Windows 10 using the same Microsoft account used to join the Windows Insider Program

    1.  Navigate via the Windows 10 Start Menu to Windows Settings
    2.  Click on Update & Security
    3.  Click on Windows Insider Program option
    4.  On the Get Insider Preview builds screen click Get started.
    5.  Click Next when presented with the Information screen explaining the cautions of using pre-release software and services
    6.  Click Confirm (another cautionary warning if leaving the program and the possibility that Windows will require a reinstallation)
    7.  Restart the PC when prompted
    8.  Upon restart navigate to the Get Insider Preview build screen
    9.  Choose the appropriate Windows Insider Program build ring(Slow or Fast)
    10. Reboot the device and check for o/s updates
    11. When the device is fully enrolled in the Windows Insider Program the desired/chosen build ring will download and install
    12. Restarts will be required during the Insider build installation process

  • Use the Windows Insider Program Feedback Hub(within the Windows 10 installed Insider Build) to provide feedback and view the latest information from the Windows Insider Team
  • Bookmark the Windows Insider Program Blog in your desired browser
  • Contribute and Monitor the Windows Insider Community Forum (Note: Use your registered Windows Insider Microsoft Account to sign in and access)


Additional Information:



July 2, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

August 8, 2016:  Revised content, Added Additional Information section

August 15, 2016:  Revised to reflect changes for Windows 10 Anniversary Update