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Alert: Download Microsoft’s big October update now

Windows 10 made its way to us in July 2015, and in the three years since has earned the title of the single most-used Windows version overall. It was running on more than 600 million devices worldwide as of November 2017, with it being found on PCs, consoles and other mobile devices.

Of course the Windows 10 people have now is not the exact version they had three years ago, as it has been updated a good amount with patches, fixes and other changes. Another big update is scheduled to be released in October, and plenty of people are excited to get their hands on it.

Now, October is not too far away, which means the wait is coming to an end. But if you want to start playing around with the newest version now, it turns out you can.

Microsoft has made it easy

It is Windows 10 version 1809, which is being seen as the final build for Windows 10, tying up loose ends in its main build. If you want 1809 now you will need to have Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool. Just download and install it, and from there you will be able to access Windows 10 version 1809 directly.

You will have a couple of options to choose from when you go through the process, either upgrading your system at that moment or creating installation media. The question is really if you are ready to take the plunge and go with the new, unproven update a bit ahead of schedule.

If your goal is to try and play around with the new toy, it would not be unwise to load it onto a computer that is not your primary machine. That way if something goes wrong or you simply do not like it, you do not need to worry about losing information, files or anything else of great importance that was on your PC.

What’s coming in version 1809?

There will be some small, barely noticeable changes, along with some things that are likely to make you go “oh, that’s neat!”

Swiftkey will call up onscreen keyboards by swiping, instead of tapping. There also will be added support for phone synchronization with Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app.

Also coming are a new dark theme for File Explorer, a new tab bar for pretty much every app, an updated Game Bar (with details about your FPS, CPU, GPU and system RAM use) and more built-in emojis.

You will also find a clipboard with a history of things previously cut and copied, and which also can be synchronized between devices. Windows will also support texting from your PC, a screenshot capturing tool and a power usage tab in the task manager. Also expect an update to Microsoft Edge.

If you’ve got a system with little storage space, you’ll want to take note of Microsoft’s warning to clear up some space before the update, because Windows Update doesn’t check itself before initiating.

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