Windows 10 Creators Update bringing smaller update downloads

By Scorpus ยท 7 replies
Nov 4, 2016
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  1. Microsoft is set to make Windows updates a lot smaller through the Unified Update Platform (UUP), a new update delivery system that's being trialed in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds ahead of a public launch next year.

    The Unified Update Platform's big advantage is differential downloads. When an update is available for your Windows 10 device, UUP will create a download package that only includes the changes since you last updated, instead of downloading an entire build. Microsoft expects this will lead to a 35 percent reduction in download size for major Windows updates.

    UUP also includes efficiency improvements so that less update data is sent to devices, and less processing is required for each update. This should lead to a faster update process and faster update checks.

    This new system is entirely under-the-hood, meaning there will be no major functionality changes to Windows Update itself. However, bandwidth reduction is a big deal for people with limited data caps, and performance improvements will reduce some of the frustrations associated with the slow Windows Update process.

    UUP is being deployed first in Insider Preview builds for mobile devices, and will hit PC, IoT and HoloLens builds later this year. The general public can expect to see these improvements in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is scheduled to launch in March 2017. The only platform that won't be getting UUP is the Xbox One, due to the use of a different update delivery mechanism.

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,070   +427

    Microsoft people: Let's unify everything.
    Reality: Unifies everything except this, that, the other thing, and a couple products that only a few hundred people bought, oh, and don't forget to leave out that one important product that people actually depend on
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  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,935   +762

    I would rather this announcement be along these lines:

    We will now deliver updates that are thoroughly tested, are guaranteed not to break things that now take days to fix, do not overwrite any custom settings or drivers that you have installed, actually fix things instead of making them worse, and install at times that you are really not using your computer rather than at the time of our wild *** guess that you are not using your computer when you really are.

    Oh wait, I forgot. Wonderland does not exist.
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  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,346   +1,987

    I guess if you're going to dream, you might as well dream BIG!
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  5. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Addict Posts: 252   +76

    That better be a statement for all manufacturers cause if it's just for MS then you are actually living in a Wonderland. ALL manufacturers have that problem which is why they will never guarantee anything. Testing is done by consumers whether ppl want to admit that or not, that's reality.
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  6. Odium

    Odium TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +12

    -Secretly downloads Win10 in background in Win7 and then shares it across other users.
    - Cares about users bandwidth.
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  7. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    Secretly downloads? It was pretty blatantly obvious, most people likened it to Malware pop-ups!

    MS is a bit late on this, Windows update has been broken for users since W10 rolled out. March next year is a joke IMO.
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  8. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 173   +55

    This is good news! Updates have become huge and slow to install of late. Something definitely needs to change.

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