Windows 10 Creators Update – Update Parallels Desktop FIRST!

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For months now, Microsoft has been telling everyone about the pending update to Windows 10: the Creators Update. The release date has now been set, and it is April 11.

If you wish to install the Windows 10 Creators Update in a brand new VM, you can do so now: an Installation ISO was released last week. I downloaded this ISO and installed it in Parallels Desktop 12. (You can see the VM window at the end of my post.) The installation went very smoothly and took about 40 minutes on my home iMac. (Instructions for installing Windows in Parallels Desktop are here.)

However, if you want to update an existing Windows 10 VM to the Creators Update build, you should get the latest update to Parallels Desktop first. Please read this knowledge base article here to get a full walk-through.

If you are a Parallels Desktop 12 user, the update to Parallels Desktop 12 was released yesterday. You can get this update by using the “Check for Updates…” menu item on the main menu of Parallels Desktop:

Figure 1_The main Parallels Desktop menu can be used to Check for Updates

If you are a Parallels Desktop 11 user, the update to Parallels Desktop 11 is scheduled for release in mid-April. Just like in Parallels Desktop 12, you can get this update by using the “Check for Updates…” menu item on the main menu of Parallels Desktop.

If you are a Parallels Desktop 10 user, then this is a good opportunity for you to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12. You can purchase this upgrade here.

After you install the Windows 10 Creators Update, let us know in the blog comments what you think of it.

Figure 2_The Windows 10 Creators Update running in Parallels Desktop 12. Some of the Windows Settings choice are new in this update

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Let us know what you think of the Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update in the comment below!

Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team.