As with previous Windows Upgrades, the Fall Creators Update aka Build 1709, is coming in what Microsoft calls a “phased rollout approach.” In simple terms, this means if you leave the update to Microsoft, you’ll get it when they think it’s mature enough to install on your PC successfully. Of course, you can still force the update onto a PC at your discretion, through the “Download Windows 10” page. Thus, when it comes to rolling build 1709 out, there is no shortage of options.
This is what you’ll see on Win10 PCs after the upgrade completes successfully.
Have It Your Way When Rolling Build 1709 Out
Checking over the PCs here, I have 4 at my disposal eligible for the 1709 build. I normally have at least 6 such machines, but one got off track and has been running the Insider Preview version for a while. The other is my son’s Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One which is being retired, thanks to a recent spate of moderately costly component failures. (After replacing the screen and the power supply earlier, I decided not to keep fixing when the power switch quit working last month.) Three of those four machines have already been offered the update automatically:
- a 2012 vintage Lenovo T520 laptop (mobile dual core i7-2640M CPU, 16 GB RAM, 250GB Samsung mSATA SSD)
- a 2012 vintage mini-ITX PC (mobile quad core i7-3630QM CPU, 16 GB RAM, 250GB Samsung EVO840 SSD)
- the Surface Pro 3 (i7-4650T dual core, 8 GB RAM, 250 GB Samsung OEM mSATA SSD)
The only one that didn’t get the offer immediately from WU was my Lenovo X220 Tablet PC (same specs as the T520 in a smaller package, but no Quadro graphics). I find that curious because all of the hardware components that count are identical to those in the T520, though it has a touch screen and the T520 does not. That said, MS is clearly rolling out the upgrade faster this time than they did for 1703, for which the aforementioned mini-ITX PC didn’t get upgraded through WU as late as the end of August 2017 (it released in April).
Rolling Build 1709 Out Produces Acceptable Results
So far, all of those upgrades have eventually worked. I had to retry the Windows Upgrade Assistant on the X220 Tablet twice before it worked, proving that once again third time really is the charm. All the others got their updates from WU directly and experienced no obvious problems. I’m still in the post-upgrade cleanup process but so far everything seems pretty positive. I’ll keep reporting when and as things change.