Windows 10 is a great OS, especially after using Windows 8 for quite a long time, it’s a refreshing experience. Like all new software releases, Windows 10 also have some bugs and some features that are rather irritating. There was news about a big update since quite some time now and the much awaited update for Windows 10 is now available for download. It was given many names like fall update, SP1 (Service Pack 1), and even Windows 10.1 but it has been simply named “Windows 10 November Update”. As you may know, Windows 10 is a service, there would never be anything like SP1 or Windows 10.1 and Windows 10 is up to date and has the latest features.
Microsoft listened to the user feedback and have improved many annoyances that Windows 10 users complained about and have added new features as well.
- Colored title bars are back. The option have been to the Settings app and now you can get rid of those white title bars.
- Changes to the Start Menu.
- You can now have up to four columns of tiles in the Start Menu.
- Start menu can now hold up to 2048 tiles in total.
- Ability to turn off the “Suggested Apps” which appears occasionally on Windows 10.
- Some minor UI changes
- Ability to change (disable) the Login Screen background.
- All the Personalization options are back. The traditional options such as “Colors” , etc which just disappeared form the Personalization window are now back.
- Find My Device. Windows 10 now will include inbuilt tool to track your laptop/tab in case it ever gets lost or stolen.
- Ability to install modern apps in drives other than “C:”.
- Cortana is now available in India, Australia, Canada, and Japan including many new features and enhancements.
- Ability to activate Windows 10 with Windows 7/8/8.1 keys. Now you no longer have have install Windows 8 and then update then do a fresh install all over again. Now you can simply use your Windows 7/8/8.1 key to activate Windows 10. However, this won’t affect the computers already having Windows 10 installed but new installations should be much simpler.
That’s not all, there are many more features and changes in the new update.
The update should be downloaded and installed automatically. You may as well want to check for the update just hit the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates. If the update is not showing up, it will be available soon. The download is around 3 GB so may want to connect to an unmetered network in order to avoid any extra charges.
It is worth noting that if it’s been less than a month (31 days) since you upgraded to Windows 10, you won’t get the November update just yet. This will allow you to go back to your previous version of Windows if you choose so. Once a month have passed, you’ll receive the update.
Also, if the setting to defer upgrades is turned on, you may not get the update immediately. To make sure this setting is off, hit the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options, and un-tick the Defer upgrades option.
If you are running Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10586, then you all already up to date.
You can also directly upgrade to the latest Windows 10 (i.e. Windows 10 with November update included) using Windows 10 Media Creation Tool which has been updated by Microsoft and now downloads the latest Windows 10 version 1511 which comes with this November update installed.
If you uninstall the November update, keep in mind that you won’t be able to install it again from Windows Update. Instead, you’ll need to go to the Microsoft software download website and select Upgrade now to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 Version 1511, which includes the November update.
To know which version of Windows are you using, just hit Windows key + R and type in winver in the Run dialog box and hit enter.