Windows 10 Creators Update: Best new features

Rebecca Petrie   April 19th 2017

This month, Microsoft released its Creators Update – the most recent update to the Windows 10 operating system. We’ve listed some of the coolest features you should know about to …

This month, Microsoft released its Creators Update – the most recent update to the Windows 10 operating system. We’ve listed some of the coolest features you should know about to boost productivity and get your creative juices flowing.

Bring ideas to life in 3D

Microsoft’s classic Paint program, now called Paint 3D, has an updated look and feel with tons of new features to make creating in 3D easy. You can change color and texture or turn 2D images into 3D works of art. Paint 3D also integrates with the new Windows Capture 3D app allowing you to scan 3D models of real-life objects from your smartphone. You can even import your 3D images into PowerPoint making your presentations look more like short videos rather than drab slide shows. Neat!

Experience a new world with mixed reality

The Windows 10 Creators Update is giving everyone the chance to experience mixed reality. With Windows 10 and a compatible headset, you can experience existing Windows apps, features and navigation while discovering new apps, games and media suitable for AR, VR, and more. There’s a whole new way to get work done!

Stay organized with Microsoft Edge

With new enhancements to Microsoft Edge, you’ll improve productivity while reducing distractions and clutter on your screen. You can now stash away all of your open tabs for recollecting later with the new ‘set aside tabs’ feature. Or choose to bookmark and preview individual tabs in the Edge browser for easy searching. The days of slowing down your computer and your work are gone!

Sleep better with Night Light

We know you need all the sleep you can get as a student. That’s why Microsoft’s new Night Light feature lets you adjust the color temperature on your computer screen. A reduced blue light emitted from your screen prevents eye strain and allows you to fall asleep quicker. Use Night Light when working late on a paper or when binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix (we don’t judge!).

Protect your PC with Dynamic Lock

Dynamic Lock is a nifty feature that will automatically lock your PC when you walk away using your smartphone’s Bluetooth signal. Feel safe knowing your documents are protected when grabbing a coffee, talking to classmates, or otherwise leaving your computer unattended. Adios, Win + L.

Give gaming a boost

Last but not least, the Windows 10 Creators Update offers some perks that gamers will love. Enable Game Mode to make your PC games run faster and smoother. This feature focuses your PC’s resources on the game you’re playing to maximize performance and increase frame rates.

The new Game Bar toolbar (Win + G) brings up shortcuts that lets you easily take screenshots, record video or live stream games via Microsoft Beam. Just a few more reasons why Windows 10 is the best option for gaming.

Get access to all these features and more with Windows 10 Education. Eligible students can download Windows 10 Education at no cost through OnTheHub!

Get Windows 10 at no cost

Students get Windows 10 Education at no cost. See if you qualify by searching for your school.


25 Responses

      • Duncan Scrymgeour

        Elizabeth, I’m at a magnet school within LAUSD. I have 40 laptops in my program and I’m resisting the mass migration to an entirely Google/Chromebook ecology because I wanted my upperclassmen to become proficient on the Microsoft Suite since that is what they will be using in their careers. I have 20 laptops that run Windows 10–I upgraded during the free upgrade window–but I neglected to upgrade the additional 20 within that window even though they are newer units, still under their Lenovo warranty. In order to use the features of Windows 10 efficiently and with the large Windows 10 OS-driven View Sonic, I have to upgrade my last twenty units but don’t have the funds to purchase upgrades. Do you have any advice? Thank you!

        • Elizabeth MacDougall

          Hi Duncan, thanks for the question! This sounds like something that could be resolved with your school’s Microsoft volume licensing program, if such an agreement is in place. One of our account managers would be more than happy to help you out with this. You can send an email to Daniel at and he should be able to get your sorted out.

  1. Sebastian

    Hello, my school is listed and I have already successfully created my student account. I have a couple of questions. My question is, could I install Windows 10 Education to both my laptop and my PC? My laptop is already running Windows 10 Home but my desktop is only running Windows 7 Home and I want to upgrade both systems to Windows 10 Education. I am also considering upgrading my PC and get a new SSD which means that I would have to install a fresh copy of Windows. Is it possible to install Windows 10 Education to my new SSD without a copy of Windows? Thank you and have a great day!

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Hi Sebastian, thanks for contacting us! Your question has been passed along to our support team and someone will be in touch with you shortly to help you out. Please keep an eye on your email, and best of luck with your Windows 10 Education installation!

      • Chris Loiterton

        I have a similar issue to Sebastian, though in my case my pc has crashed and is in need of a new is anyway. Is it possible to install the ps4 on both my pc and laptop or do I have to purchase a new copy?

  2. Zak

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I am student of George Brown College. I want to upgrade my window 7 to windows 10 but it seems that I cant find the right path to do so. I appreciate if you can assist me with this.


    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Hi Zak, thanks for the question! I would suggest you visit and search for you school. In your case, you would want to search for Canada > Ontario > George Brown College. This should direct you to your WebStore, where if eligible you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for no cost. Best of luck!

  3. David Thompson

    Elizabeth, Can you please reply with the cost for a 5,000+ institution? I just want to know how much my tuition would have to go up to pay for it. Thank you.

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Hi David, thanks for the question! For details about getting access to Windows 10 Education at your institution please send an email to They would be more than happy to help you out. Cheers!

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Hi Jung! Yes, Windows 10 Education has a ‘Remote Desktop’ function, just like Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise!

  4. Fikri Asyrafi

    Hi. I habe two question: 1st My scholl is listed onthehu and only give the licensed product key without guving the installer. Since i do not have a windows before installed on my laptop how can i get the installer for windows 10 education?
    2nd if I get the installer and enter the product key of windows 10 but then I do not love it, can I downgrade to windows 8.1 since my school does not give key product for windows 8.1 , there is only key product for windows 10?

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Hi Fikri – good questions! If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your laptop, you can try downloading the installation media from (e.g. Otherwise, you will need the latest version of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, where you can upgrade through the Start button > Settings > Update & Security > Activation.

      If you had Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update installed previously, you can rollback your Windows 10 installation within 30 days of upgrading by going to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. Best of luck!

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