Cortana will talk you through the Windows 10 Creators Update setup

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has updated the "out-of-box experience", also known as the setup experience encountered when booting a new PC for the first time or clean installing Windows. Not only did Microsoft give it a redesign, but they added additional steps, and above all introduced Cortana integration along with voice commands.

As with all new things in the Creators Update, we thought it'd be a good idea to give you a good look at the new setup experience.

So to begin, you'll find Cortana is the first thing you see when setting up Windows. Cortana will introduce you to the setup process, and ask you to get started. You can use either your voice, or a more traditional mouse/keyboard/touch if you prefer. You will only ever need to say "yes" or "no" for the options in which you can use your voice. In the event of a scenario where the options are more complicated, you will be required to use a hardware peripheral.

It's also worth noting that you can turn off Cortana's voice with the Microphone icon at the bottom left of the screen.

The first options to choose from are to do with your system language. Choose your region, and language, with a new option to add additional keyboard languages to Windows before reaching the desktop. You can use Cortana voice commands for "yes" or "no" in this part of the setup.

You'll then be prompted to accept the Windows 10 license agreement. Again, you can either say "yes", or use your mouse/keyboard/touch. And no, you can't say no. Well you can, but you won't be able to proceed further unless you say yes.

Cortana will then ask you to setup your network. If you're connected via ethernet, it'll skip this part, otherwise it'll ask you to select a WiFi hotspot. You can skip this if you'd like. If you do connect to a network, Windows 10 will automatically begin checking for any critical updates before moving on to the next part of the setup process.

Next you'll begin setting up your account. You can choose between either a work account or Microsoft account. If you don't know which to choose, you likely want to select Microsoft Account. This is one of those areas in which voice commands don't work, and you have to use a hardware peripheral to select your option.

Now you are prompted to sign into your Microsoft account. If you don't have one, you can register for one at this screen. You can also skip having to use a Microsoft account by hitting the "offline account" button. You can now enter your password, and you'll also be prompted to setup a PIN if you want.

You will now have the option to turn on or off OneDrive syncing with files. If you've used OneDrive before, this setup screen will recognize that and inform you of how much storage you have left on your OneDrive account. If not, Cortana will give you a brief overview of what OneDrive is. You can use voice commands for this part.

We're almost finished. After you choose your OneDrive settings, Cortana will then prompt you to setup Cortana… yeah. You can choose to use Cortana or not use Cortana, this setting doesn't change whether Cortana will help you out during the setup process. You can also enable "Hey Cortana" here, which allows you to activate Cortana hands free.

The next screen is important, as it allows you to control all your privacy settings in Windows 10. Microsoft spent a lot of time redesigning this screen to make it simple and easy to understand, so make sure you read everything and select the options that you want. By default, everything is set to on, which for most people is fine. This is another screen where you have to use a hardware peripheral, and can't use voice commands.

And that's it, you'll then be taken to your new Windows 10 Creators Update desktop after Windows sorts out a few things behind the scenes!

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Updated and reset fully my Surface Pro last week and was impressed by the installation. Something you don't expect from a simple installation tbh
  • Most likely not working in other regions other then the few supportet. Still waiting for full Cortana support on my W10M here in Denmark. Really annoying losing so many phone voice commands going W10M, compared to W8M / 8.1M that was possible.
  • Cortana is not locked to region any longer. It supports all regions as long as your chosen language is supported.
  • We've come a long way from the days of booting from a floppy and running fdisk! 
  • I like t
  • can't get it yet......
  • Windows 10 over all other OS. Sleek. The mobile division is in comatose tho. Probably a dead mobile OS with a pulse 😁
  • Oh, great! Let me try it... Oh, still no Cortana in my region. Seriously MS, stop treating the world outside the US as non-existent.
  • Lies. Cortana is _not_ locked to certain regions.
  • but the language is. Not everybody will use English as the default language for W
  • Yes, no digital assistants are available in other languages than they are supporting.
  • Cortana doesn't exist outside a few countries (using it in English while living in Poland seems a bit counterintuitive). There are also no MS streaming services available, Bing and Maps are worse as well. Oh, and Google supports all of the above.
  • It exists in every country but not in every language...
  • Since it's pointless to use it in English when living in a non-English speaking country it exists only in the meaning you can turn it on and play with it. It won't give you directions (and it will use retard units anyway), it won't read your text messages or do all the other cool stuff it does in the US. It's utterly useless.
  • Why? Almost all countries have English in school.
  • You'll have to switch to English for the whole OS for cortana to be available. I don't want to do that.
  • Not in Australia she won't.
    Here she is nothing but a waste of time, she is embarrassingly bad.
    Used to be good years ago on 8.1 but s h i t useless today.
    Thanks MS, been a great week from u....not.
  • Switch to EN-US.
  • Tried it several times, still doesn't function correctly
  • Wanna be sure that does Cortana respond when when I say ' hey cortana ' in LUMIA 540 windows 10 latest update?
  • Would be nice to have EN-AU installation media available for this to work best in Australia.
  • There also needs to be some updates done to the setup experience when booting from a USB. The "Help me decide" link in the "choose installation type" part even opens a page that references Windows 8.1.
  • It is pretty limited, all partioning have to be done without cortana, the only the cortana set up is for is if an OEM part set up the computer and the rest is doen by the user and even then there are limiations. Yes i used it to be nosy when I set mine up.    
  • I've updated my surface pro 4 today. It started off well, now I'm having it freeze along with delayed response to touch.