It is the second Tuesday of the month, so that means Microsoft will today roll out its Patch Tuesday cumulative updates for Windows 10. The November updates will be pushed out later today and are important. This Patch Tuesday stands out because it is the first that will include fixes for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU).
The Fall Creators Update was officially launched last month after spending six months in preview. Over that time, Windows Insiders tested new features and provided feedback to Microsoft. The company shored up plenty of problems, but issues still slipped through the gaps.
Patch Tuesday's are all about how Microsoft now delivers Windows. Since the launch of Windows 10, the company's platform is sold as a service. No longer does Microsoft move through generational updates, but instead incrementally update Windows.
For major new features, the company delivers two per year (the Creators Update and Fall Creators Update for 2017). In between these releases, the company keeps Windows 10 up to speed and secure with monthly patches… Patch Tuesday.
Because of this, it could be argued new Windows major upgrades should not have problems. Microsoft has months to prepare and preview them for general availability. It is something I feel strongly about, but this is not the time for the discussion.
Instead, it is simpler to say Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has some issues. Some of the problems are not Microsoft's fault. Others are, such as a situation where the Surface Pen has stopped working post-FCU.
Extending Windows 10 Patches
Patch Tuesday will hopefully look to solve these problems and others like them. This is the first cumulative update cycle to include the Fall Creators Update.
This extends the list of Windows 10 builds now receiving patches. The original launch version of the platform is no longer updated for consumers, but is for enterprise users. Beyond the RTM, Microsoft now patches the November Update (version 1511), Anniversary Update (version 1607), and Creators Update (version 1703), the company is also patching the Fall Creators Update (version 1709).