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April 5, 2017

Updating your tooling for Windows 10 Creators Update

We’re extremely excited today that the Windows 10 Creators Update, build 15063, has been released. Kevin Gallo went into detail about some of the new features and APIs in Creators Update for developers. I’ll go into the details of getting your system updated and configured so you can submit your apps to the Windows Store. This includes the Windows 10 Creators Update SDK, Visual Studio 2017 UWP Tooling and Windows Store starting to accept applications that target Windows 10 Creators Update.

There are two primary steps you’ll need to take:

  1. Update your system to Windows 10 Creators Update, build 15063.
  2. Get Visual Studio 2017 with the updated tooling and Windows 10 Creators Update SDK.

For a more in-depth overview of the UWP Tooling updates in Visual Studio 2017, Daniel Jacobson did a fantastic write up on the Visual Studio Blog.

Update Your System

Our engineering team outlined how the roll out approach will happen with the Windows Update. When the update is ready for your computer, you’ll receive a notification. If you want to pull the update manually, go to the software download site and select “Update Now.” Once you run the executable, this will force update your system to Windows 10 Creators Update.

Acquiring Windows 10 Creators Update SDK and Visual Studio 2017

Now that your system is on Windows 10 Creators Update, let’s install Visual Studio and the SDK.  It really is straight forward.

  • Don’t have Visual Studio 2017:
    1. Head over to Windows Dev Center’s download area and select the edition of Visual Studio you want.
    2. Run the installer.
    3. Select “Universal Windows Platform development” under Workloads.
    4. Click “Install.”
  • Visual Studio 2017 is already installed:
    1. Run the Visual Studio Installer.
    2. Be sure that “Universal Windows Platform development” under Workloads is checked.
    3. Click “Update” / “Install.”

Additional useful items:

  • Want tools for C++ desktop or game development for UWP? Be sure one of these two are selected:
    • C++ Universal Windows Platform tools in the UWP Workload section
    • Desktop development with C++ Workload and the Windows SDK 10 (10.0.015063.0)
  • If you want the Universal Windows Platform tools:
    • Select the Universal Windows Platform tools workload.

Once you’ve updated your systems, recompiled and tested your app, submit your app to Dev Center!

Wrapping up

I would love to know what crazy things you’ve included with the update by tweeting @WindowsDev.

For feedback on Visual Studio, use Report a Problem. If you have Windows API feedback or developer related feature requests, head over to