Thanks Mitch. Perhaps I should have clarified the question, but I didn’t want to limit the scope of answers. Indeed I have a number of plugins (including T-Splines) that may be affected that my business depends on. But I also wanted to know if there were other perhaps less obvious issues with the Creators Update, like issues with Rhino itself that @John_Brock was aware of. But as I see from his more recent post there is a fix in the works so it’s likely a moot point.
As an aside, before I saw this thread, I did receive (and roll back) the innocuously labelled Update 1703 (which turned out to be the Creator’s Update). After the update was fully installed, on second reboot my desktop interface was completely black and the only element I could see was the mouse pointer (perhaps they should have named the update Creator’s Update Windows At Night /EDIT: or Windows: Panic Mode). After this the only way I found to get to the option of booting into Safe Mode was by interrupting the boot sequence with the power switch three times (F8 doesn’t work on Windows 10). However Windows did not recognize any of my keyboards and thus safe mode was inaccessible through this method (I could see the option but I couldn’t activate it). Long story short (skipping a few steps), I had another administrator user account that I was able to boot into and activate the recovery mode there. This black screen behaviour happened to every user account on the second boot. So one gets a single chance to fix the problem once per user account as the recovery options were only available from a normal desktop (I could not get Windows Settings to launch for me in Safe Mode).
So if anyone is considering getting the Creators Update, I have some recommendations you may wish to consider:
- Make a full backup of your computer.
- Create at least one other administrator user account before you install the upgrade.
- Immediately after installation (first boot into the desktop) set a restore point. That way if you get a black screen, you can still get back to the desktop again by restoring to a point before your second administrative account got the black screen.
- Creating Administrative accounts after the update will not work (see below).
- If you need to roll back, as mentioned in other posts in this thread, you have ten days to do so otherwise it’s permanent (unless you have a backup).
- I found that while in Safe Mode, I could not launch the Recovery interface for rolling back the OS. Neither was the option available through a command prompt (in other words unless one has access to a normal desktop they’re hosed ASFAIK).
- Any administrative accounts added after the Creators Update needs to be deleted before rolling back the OS. So even if one is able to get into Safe Mode and create another administrator account, accessing a normal desktop is useless because you can’t delete the user account you are in. Unless that account was created before installing the update, one won’t be able to roll back.
- In Safe Mode I tried disabling non-Microsoft services from MSCONFIG, updating video drivers, and unplugging all peripherals. None of this had an effect on the black screen. Brand-new, clean administrative accounts had the same issue on second boot so I never did figure a fix before rolling back.
- A quick Google search revealed I wasn’t the only one having similar issues but I’m not sure the issue is that widespread. But it’s worth taking precautions if you’re considering the upgrade.
I can completely understand why some people are reluctant to upgrade their OS. I have a small business and I spend far more of my time maintaining and backing up my Windows computers than I’d like. For me, updating/ upgrading always feels a bit like playing Russian roulette.