In April 2017, Microsoft will start rolling out a major update to the Windows 10 operating system. The Creators Update, also known as version 1703, will arrive nine months after the Anniversary Update, which not all users were able to fully implement due to system restrictions.

Microsoft has not kept users in the dark about what they can expect from the Windows 10 Creators Update; in fact, the software giant seems to be relishing the attention it has been receiving from technology news outlets. One thing that Microsoft has not fully address is the size of the update and the breadth of some of its new features, which may create a problem in terms of available storage and system requirements.

Prerequisites to Installing the Creators Update

Similar to the Anniversary Update, not all Windows 10 users will be able to install the Creators Update due to storage constraints. This is particularly the case with tablets that are not part of the Microsoft Surface line of hybrids. Early builds of the Creators Update for testers required at least 20 GB of free storage; Microsoft later announced that it would be able to reduce the size of the download package by 35 percent.

If you took advantage of the free offer to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, there is a chance that your previous operating system may still be taking up space. This is actually an upgrade feature that would allow you to revert to the previous version in case things did not work out. Some users returned to Windows 7 because they realized that their minimum hardware requirements were not enough to handle Windows 10 efficiently.

The Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 10 lets you delete previous Windows installations forever, thereby freeing up valuable storage space that you can use to manage future updates.

If you believe that your computer does have sufficient space to accept Windows 10 updates but refuses to install them, you should run the Windows Update Troubleshooter to determine the cause of the problem. If you are still not able to install updates, contact one of our technicians. You may have configuration issues, or your hardware may not be sufficient to handle Windows 10 efficiently.

Windows 10 is a great operating system; however, it may not seem that way if your desktop or laptop cannot handle it. For more information, contact PC Performance Pros to discuss your options.