Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is pretty nice. I’ve spent a lot of time using and supporting Windows 10 in the last few months, and I think it’s the best version of Windows I’ve used.
Apple is on a once-a-year schedule for major operating system releases. Apple uses different names for its OS versions. Last year was Sierra (Mac OS version 10.12). This year, 10.13 is called High Sierra.
Microsoft is also regularly updating Windows, but it’s sticking with the name Windows 10 for now.
The latest Microsoft Windows update is called the Fall Creators Update. The update started rolling out to Windows 10 users, but if you haven’t received it yet you can download it yourself at microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features.
You’ll see a link to “Get the Update,” which you can click to download the update file.
Microsoft says any PC that can run Windows 10 will be able to install the Fall Creators Update.
PCs need at least a 1 GHz processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM for 32-bit PCs and 2 gigabytes of RAM for 64-bit PCs. You’ll need at least 20 gigabytes of hard drive space.
Of course, these are minimum specifications — you’ll have a much better experience if you have more than the bare minimum (and we pretty much all do).
Download and install the update, and you’ll find some new features waiting for you.
Mixed Reality Viewer
This is Microsoft’s version of augmented reality, which is the juxtaposition of 3-D computer images over a live view of your surroundings. If you’ve ever played Pokemon Go, you’ll at least be a little familiar with seeing the Pokemon characters appear as you look through your device’s camera.
According to Microsoft, My People is a new Windows “experience.” It’s actually a way to pin your favorite contacts to the task bar where you can interact with them with a single click via email and Skype.
Microsoft has rolled out controlled folder access that protects your folders from being accessed or changed by unauthorized programs or processes. This should keep your files safer if your PC is infected with ransomware. You can access controlled folder access through the Windows Defender Security Center.
Of course, there are more features in the Fall Creators Update. Some you’ll think are really useful, and some might make you scratch your head, but I recommend updating as soon as you can. The security updates are well worth the effort.