1703 – Creators Update

Hello reader,

Chances are if you have been using Windows 10 Pro you have noticed the updates are getting quicker. This and other improvements are shaping 1703 into the best Windows 10 experience to date. But what have they added that you might not have noticed? Let’s have a look.

*Via docs.microsoft.com

Windows Configuration Designer

Previously known as Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD), the tool for creating provisioning packages is renamed Windows Configuration Designer. The new Windows Configuration Designer is available in Windows Store as an app. To run Windows Configuration Designer on earlier versions of Windows, you can still install Windows Configuration Designer from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

Windows Configuration Designer in Windows 10, version 1703, includes several new wizards to make it easier to create provisioning packages.

Azure Active Directory join in bulk

Using the new wizards in Windows Configuration Designer, you can create provisioning packages to enroll devices in Azure Active Directory. Azure AD join in bulk is available in the desktop, mobile, kiosk, and Surface Hub wizards.

Windows Spotlight

The following new Group Policy and mobile device management (MDM) settings are added to help you configure Windows Spotlight user experiences:+

  • Turn off the Windows Spotlight on Action Center
  • Do not use diagnostic data for tailored experiences
  • Turn off the Windows Welcome Experience

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Our opinion of Windows 10 improves regularly as it’s developers continually include more interesting features that break away from the cookie cutter OS templates of yesterday.

1703 gets our rating of 4.7 out of 5 for performance, speed, and reliability.

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