Minecraft Education Edition Update 1.17 Notes and How To Download

Minecraft Education Edition has finally been updated to 1.17!

November 3, 2021

A brand new update for Minecraft Education Edition has arrived, and it includes plenty of new content from Part I of the Caves and Cliffs update.

Here’s everything you need to know about the brand new Minecraft Education Edition update, including the full patch notes and how you can download the update for yourself right now.

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How To Download and Install New Minecraft Education Edition Update

Downloading and installing the update depends on which version of the Education Edition you are playing on. There is the standard ‘Desktop’ version, as well as the official ‘Windows 10 Store’ version.

Thankfully the official Minecraft Education Edition website details how to update both versions of the game. Check out the details below:

Desktop Version

If is not blocked by your network, Minecraft: Education Edition updates automatically when the user logs in. To prevent automatic updates on your device, follow these steps:

  1. From the Windows Taskbar, search for Task Scheduler.
  2. In the left menu of the Task Scheduler, select Task Scheduler Library.
  3. In the list that populates, right-click Minecraft Education Edition Automatic Updater and select Disable.

Windows 10 Store Version

Minecraft: Education Edition updates automatically. To change how updates are managed on your device, see the Turn on automatic app updates article in Windows support.

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Minecraft Education Edition – November 2nd Patch Notes

Below you will find all of the details surrounding the brand new Minecraft Education Edition update, which was released on November 2nd.


We are excited to celebrate our five-year anniversary by releasing the GOAT Update, which just might be the Greatest update Of All Time! This release introduces new in-game items, features, and tools and supports educators with larger multiplayer lessons and Teams integrations. Now learners can experience content from the last two major updates for Minecraft Bedrock Edition, Caves and Cliffs Part 1 and the Nether Update, and even more features to support classroom management, student self-expression, and meaningful learning across the curriculum.


Check out new mobs, such as mischievous, high-jumping goats who frequent the snowy mountain peaks. Approach with caution – those horns can be dangerous! Meanwhile, deep underground, you’ll discover the adorable axolotl that provides regeneration. Students will be able to experiment with copper they can use to craft lightning rods and learn about oxidation. More mobs and environments await your learners in the Nether including piglins, hoglins, and the rideable beast, the strider. This update will also introduce Netherite, which gives you the ability to craft new tools.

We’ve added features that make instruction and documentation easier than ever. First, multiplayer games are expanding to allow up to 40 players to join in simultaneously to support epic collaborative projects and teaching with a larger set of students.

You’ll find a new way to share in-game photos with a new button that makes the photo an item in your inventory. Hold the photo in your hand, display it in a frame, or pass to other players so they can add them to their own Book and Quill or Portfolio.

This update improves Structure Blocks. Now, you and your students will have the power to save and load structures within your Minecraft worlds to copy and paste or reuse structures in different locations. Just think of the possibilities for students who want to save time building massive cityscapes and neighborhoods!

And there’s more… The GOAT Update also presents a new set of Friend Skin options, adding new flair and a sense of inclusion to player characters in-world.

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