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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally here How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now Windows 10 is receiving a major upgrade this month. The Anniversary Update is rolling out slowly. We show you how to upgrade now, how to delay the upgrade, and which pitfalls to watch out for. Read More ! It’s now been one year since Windows 10 went live, and even though the operating system is still far from perfect, this update brings a lot of much-needed changes and additions Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features You will love the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! The second big upgrade to Windows 10 since its launch in July 2015 is expected this summer. Here we highlight the most exciting features. Read More .

In other words, if you haven’t been happy with Windows 10 up until this point, the wide array of new features and improvements may be enough to win you back — unless you’re boycotting Microsoft for its aggressive marketing practices 6 Microsoft Tactics to Make You Upgrade to Windows 10 6 Microsoft Tactics to Make You Upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft is keen to get you onto Windows 10 and they are pushing hard. We have summarized the tactics they are using to get you to upgrade to Windows 10 as quickly as possible. Read More .

Here are the best and most anticipated features to arrive in the update. We’re quite happy with them and we think you will be, too.

1. Connect License to Microsoft Account

Back in the days of Windows XP and before, your operating system’s license was tied to a single activation key. Piracy was too easy with a single key, however, so with Windows Vista, 7, and 8, your operating system’s license was tied to your hardware. Specifically, the motherboard.

But this was too much of a hassle for users who wanted to transfer licenses between computers and users who frequently upgraded their PC parts These 5 PC Parts Tend to Die: How to Extend Their Lifespans These 5 PC Parts Tend to Die: How to Extend Their Lifespans Computers aren't designed to last any longer than a few years. However, if you want to be proactive, there are things you can do to extend the life of your own computer. Read More , and that’s why this change is so awesome.

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With the new Activation Troubleshooter, Windows 10 users can connect a Windows 10 license with a Microsoft account Everything You Should Know About Windows Product Keys Everything You Should Know About Windows Product Keys 25 characters govern your Windows system. Your product key is worth $100 or more, whether or not you upgraded to Windows 10. We explain what you can and can't do with your Windows license. Read More , then use that account to reactivate the license when hardware components are changed out, for example.

You’ll only be able to reactivate a certain number of times per account, but that number hasn’t been released yet.

Another big benefit of this is that if your system fails for some reason, this license association can make it easier to restore your system to a base installation of the Windows 10 edition that’s tied to your account.

2. The Advent of Windows Ink

If you ever intend to interact with Windows 10 using a pen or stylus, especially if you’re on a mobile device or a 2-in-1 transformable laptop 5 Reasons to Buy a 2-in-1 Windows 10 Laptop 5 Reasons to Buy a 2-in-1 Windows 10 Laptop 2-in-1 laptops are incredibly versatile. Running Windows 10 they are powerful enough to do office work. They also convert into a tablet, complete with touchscreen, making everything easier. Let us tell you more! Read More , then Windows Ink is going to blow your socks off.

It’s one thing to use your pen or stylus for drawing in an app like OneNote 7 Little-Known OneNote Features You Will Love 7 Little-Known OneNote Features You Will Love OneNote is 100% free and packed full of advanced features. Let's check out some of the ones you may have missed. If you're not yet using OneNote, these may win you over. Read More , but it’s a whole nother thing to have native operating system features that are designed to maximize the efficacy and productivity of using said pen or stylus.

The Windows Ink platform provides a central workspace with features that enhance pen/stylus-based activities like jotting down notes, drawing sketches, and annotating your screen. Accessing it is as easy as tapping a button in the system tray.

And the best part? The Windows Ink platform is available to third-party developers! A number of apps in the Windows Store already support it, including FluidMath, Bamboo Paper, and DocuSign (for electronic signatures Is Your Electronic Signature Legal Around the World? Is Your Electronic Signature Legal Around the World? Are electronic signatures valid and legal around the world? Are they more preferable to the inked handwritten signature in a paperless world? We look at what the law says globally. Read More ).

3. A Dark Theme and Better Interface

If you hate the flat and modern look of Windows 10, the Anniversary Update will have nothing for you in this area. But if you were annoyed by a few UI quirks here and there, you might be happy about what’s changed.

The biggest change is the official inclusion of a dark theme. It’s purely aesthetic, but a lot of users — myself included — find that darker colors are more comfortable for long computer sessions Fact or Fiction? 6 Myths About Screens & Monitors (With Verdicts) Fact or Fiction? 6 Myths About Screens & Monitors (With Verdicts) How many of these screen-related myths have you heard? How many do you believe? You might be surprised at which ones are true and which ones aren't. Read More , making this feature absolutely awesome.

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Other interface tweaks 10 New Tricks of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update You Must Try 10 New Tricks of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update You Must Try The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is chock full of new features, but many aren't immediately obvious. Here we have summarized subtle and hidden tips and tricks you should really try out! Read More include updated looks for the system tray clock (now includes a calendar), the volume control (now includes an audio source picker), as well as the Start Menu and the Action Center (which we explore in greater detail down below).

There have even been talks about adding tabs to File Explorer, but that feature didn’t make it into the Anniversary Update. For now, but hopefully not much longer, you’ll still need to use third-party tools to add explorer tabs 3 Tools to Add Tabbed Browsing to Windows Explorer 3 Tools to Add Tabbed Browsing to Windows Explorer Tabbed browsing is a feature that I first encountered 10 years ago in Firefox’s previous incarnation, Firebird. Since then, tabs have popped up in almost every realm related to user interfaces. They make it easy... Read More .

4. A Revamped Start Menu

The first thing you’ll notice upon updating to the Annivesary Update is that the Start Menu now opens directly to a list of installed apps, similar to how it was back in Windows XP.

I prefer to search for apps so I’ll probably never use this browsing method for the Start Menu, but it’s nice to have and it makes more sense in my opinion.

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The Start Menu still has the ability to pin apps as tiles, but one big change is the addition of “chase-able live tiles”.

Prior to the Anniversary Update, if you had a live tile with real-time information (such as a ticker of news stories), clicking on the tile would only take you to the app. Now, a chase-able live tile takes you directly to the news story. One fewer click. Awesome.

5. Action Center & Notification Sync

The first immediate change to the Action Center in Windows 10 is the addition of a notifications icon directly in the system tray. Now you can see how many unread notifications you have at all times.

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Another useful feature is the ability to drag-and-drop Action Center quick actions into whatever order you want. You can’t do this directly in the Action Center though. Open Settings > System > Notifications & actions and you’ll be able to reorganize there.

But the biggest feature is the ability to mirror notifications. After installing Cortana on your Android phone, you can enable syncing to see call notifications, text messages, battery alerts, and app notifications on Windows. This also works with a Windows Mobile device.

6. Taskbar Notification Badges

Speaking of notifications, another immediately-obvious change is the addition of badges for Universal Windows Platform apps in the Taskbar.

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This is really nice for users, like me, who don’t really use the Action Center or Live Tiles that often. The only caveat is that you need to use the UWP versions of apps Desktop vs. Windows Store Apps: Which Should You Download? Desktop vs. Windows Store Apps: Which Should You Download? On Windows 10 and 8.1, you can either download and install a Desktop applications from the web, or you can get an app from the Windows Store. We explore the differences between Desktop and Store... Read More for it to work, and those apps need to support the feature themselves.

Overall, it’s a nice feature. I first noticed the badge on my Todoist app, but it will be even more useful on apps like Skype, Mail, Facebook, etc.

7. A Smarter Cortana

Microsoft has been pouring a lot of effort into Cortana over the past year or so, and it’s starting to show. If you thought Cortana was useless before and therefore never used your digital assistant, you may want to start in the Anniversary Update.

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For starters, Cortana is now available right on the lock screen so you can interact with her without having to unlock your computer or smartphone — mostly useful for laptop users and Windows Mobile users.

Other than that, Cortana is smarter and more contextual than before. She can suggest actions based on things like your past behavior, the current time, and your location. She can also locate your phone or your car, remind you using images How to Add Photos as Reminders Using Cortana How to Add Photos as Reminders Using Cortana Text and voice reminders are fine and well, but photo reminders are a step beyond. Here's how Cortana can make your life easier! Read More , and respond to more complex commands.

8. Microsoft Edge Is Finally Usable

Microsoft Edge has a lot going for it 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More , including a number of core settings that walk the line between too simple and too complex A Quick and Dirty Guide to Every Setting in Microsoft Edge A Quick and Dirty Guide to Every Setting in Microsoft Edge If you decide to use Edge, the first thing you should do is set the browser up, which includes tweaking all of the settings according to your needs. Here's everything you need to know. Read More . But up until recently, there were also a handful of reasons to wait before using Microsoft Edge 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Switch to Microsoft Edge Yet 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Switch to Microsoft Edge Yet Is Microsoft Edge worth using while Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are still around? Is Edge good enough to be your primary browser? Read More .

Two of those reasons — “lack of extensions” and “poor quality-of-life features” — have been eradicated by the Anniversary Update.

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Indeed, Edge now officially supports extensions 10 Best Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions You Should Try Today 10 Best Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions You Should Try Today The latest Windows 10 Upgrade finally brings browser extensions to Microsoft Edge. We have examined the handful of extensions available and show you which ones are worth your time. Read More , and the nice thing is that porting from Chrome to Edge is straightforward for developers, so you can expect to see a lot of well-known ones appear on Edge soon (in addition to the ones that already exist like LastPass, Reddit Enhancement Suite 10 Reasons Why You Need the Reddit Enhancement Suite 10 Reasons Why You Need the Reddit Enhancement Suite The Reddit Enhancement Suite is available on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. Think you can live without it? Here are some of the most game-changing features that will convince you to install it pronto. Read More , and Pocket).

As for quality-of-life enhancements: the back button now shows a complete history of the current tab, tabs can be pinned, battery life is significantly better, integration with Action Center, and mouse gestures (useful for swipe navigation on mobile devices).

9. The Linux Bash Shell

The last big feature that deserves highlighting in the Anniversary Update is the introduction of a Linux subsystem right within Windows 10 that lets you run a fully functional Bash shell Windows 10 Receives a Full Linux Command Prompt Windows 10 Receives a Full Linux Command Prompt BASH shell, complete with a Linux sub-system, is coming to Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update this summer. That was one of the biggest announcements at the Build Developer Conference. Here's why this matters. Read More .

Let’s be clear: this is NOT emulation. It’s not a virtual machine either. This is pretty much the same thing that WINE does for Windows apps on Linux, except reversed.

This doesn’t mean the Linux kernel resides within Windows now, but it does mean that you get to run Bash on Windows, which includes all of its amazing command line tools and utilities An A-Z of Linux - 40 Essential Commands You Should Know An A-Z of Linux - 40 Essential Commands You Should Know Linux is the oft-ignored third wheel to Windows and Mac. Yes, over the past decade, the open source operating system has gained a lot of traction, but it’s still a far cry from being considered... Read More like Vim. You can also run most binaries that would run on Ubuntu.

Most users probably won’t ever touch this feature, but it’s a great way to get your feet wet with Linux The Linux Advantage: 5 Websites You Should Head to for Learning Linux The Linux Advantage: 5 Websites You Should Head to for Learning Linux Whether you've been putting off Linux for years or you're just hearing about it, there are ample reasons to start today. Want to try now? These resources will get you started. Read More without having to go through the annoying process of installing in a virtual machine or a dual-boot rig 4 Ways to Install Ubuntu Linux on a Windows Computer 4 Ways to Install Ubuntu Linux on a Windows Computer You want to install Ubuntu on your Windows computer, don't you? The thing is, you're not 100% certain, yet. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can try Ubuntu before committing. Read More .

Windows 10: Imperfect but Improving

Are you excited? I know I am. The Anniversary Update is a huge step in the right direction, at least in terms of bridging the gap between the shortcomings and the potential of Windows 10. We recommend trying it out for yourself when you can.

Note that some users have run into some serious errors and bugs with the Anniversary Update 16 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Issues & How to Fix Them 16 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Issues & How to Fix Them The Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings many improvements, but it has also introduced a host of new problems and annoyances. Here's how to troubleshoot and fix them. Read More , so for now we only recommend it on non-critical machines.

Clearly Windows 10 is still flawed in many ways. Bloatware remains an issue for new users Tired of Bloatware? How to Purge Windows 10 Store Apps Tired of Bloatware? How to Purge Windows 10 Store Apps For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a cash machine. With future updates, more apps will be pre-installed and promoted on the Start Menu. Let us show you how to easily remove pre-installed Windows Store apps. Read More , operating system bugs and glitches are common 5 Free Tools to Fix Any Problem in Windows 10 5 Free Tools to Fix Any Problem in Windows 10 It only takes five free programs and a few clicks to fix any problem or rogue setting on your Windows 10 PC. Read More , and Microsoft’s overly-aggressive push How Microsoft Has Pushed Windows 10 and the Results How Microsoft Has Pushed Windows 10 and the Results Microsoft has been promoting Windows 10 aggressively for over a year. The goal was to get the new operating system running on one billion devices by 2018. We look at Microsoft's methods and the numbers. Read More does leave a bad taste in the mouth. All we’re saying is that this update helps alleviate many past frustrations.

Have you tried the Anniversary Update yet? How do you feel about it? Or are you boycotting Windows 10 due to Microsoft’s behavior? Share with us in the comments!

  1. Tim
    November 25, 2016 at 8:31 am

    One of the worst updates ever, as far as i'm concerned.
    First, it never asked me if i wanted it, it just force-updated.
    Not only that, but it installed a METRIC TON of bloatwares - Netflix, Paint, BingMaps, Food, Health stuff, i can't count all of them and i had to spend a long time trying to find a way to uninstall all their crap.
    Only to find out that half of the things i had uninstalled... CAME BACK and were reinstalled behind the scenes.
    I'm utterly disappointed in microsoft. That update took more than 1 hour & now i have to spend even more time trying to fix it all, but at least that will have allowed me to discover how to uninstall xbox live & the store. Anyway, enough rambling -
    TDLR worst update so far because forced, no consent even asked, forced install of bloat apps that come back by themselves, and who knows what else they did behind the scenes that i haven't found out yet.

  2. johntdrums
    August 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I've got Version 1607 OS Build 14393.51 on my Acer Aspire E5-571. It's by far the best windows OS ever! I've had no problems with it at all and it updated smooth as silk! However, with my Lumia 640 XL LTE phone, a lot of Edge's web pages were oversize to the point they were overlapping, but after a hard reset of that, it's also running like a dream and syncing perfectly with my PC! The future is here, my friends!

    • Joel Lee
      August 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      I can't say I have much experience with any Windows phones but I'm glad you're having a great experience with the Anniversary Update. Thanks for sharing, johntdrums!

  3. Samavb
    August 21, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Windows 10 v1607 is definitely a great improvement over previous versions provided you do the clean install. It boots quickly, runs smooth, faster, you can feel the difference while using it. luckily my webcam is working. In my case reinstallation of drivers helped. And digital license, just upgrade form genuine windows 7 sp1 and you can have permanent license. Yes even in the virtual machine , that is the case. I have it activated permanently in both hard disk and as virtual machine. Very happy indeed with this version. Highly recommend it to others too ( clean install) I didn't try the update from previous version but clean install is really awesome

    • Joel Lee
      August 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Awesome! So nice to hear a positive story every once in a while. Windows isn't perfect but Build 1607 has done a lot in the right direction. Thanks for sharing, Samavb!

      • Sameer Avasarala
        August 30, 2016 at 2:48 am

        Hello Joel,

        Thank you for the kind words.I apologize for lot of mistakes in my post which I noticed them now after reading it again. I wanted to put out my story quickly and out of excitement I wrote it without realizing that I made mistakes. Sorry for that.

        Yes version 1607 has been a great improvement over the past iterations. I noticed that installation procedure was decent when you do clean install. I say this because it removes uncertain scenarios that come with the upgrade process. Different people have different softwares on their computers and when they upgrade something somewhere can cause problems. As a result we see lot of people facing issues after the upgrade process. To avoid all that it is better to start fresh with clean install of windows. Starting with formatting of C drive with 50 gb or may be more depending on user requirements. If the users activated Windows 10 previously on that computer then they can go ahead with Windows 10 v1607 installation straightaway otherwise they can first install windows 7 ultimate sp1 genuine version preferably OEM version from dell or any other computer manufacturer. Here they should be connected to Internet so that microsoft knows the windows 7 is genuine and activated. Immediately after finishing this Windows 7 just upgrade to Windows 10 v1607. Internet connection should be good. Otherwise it won't activate quickly. It might create a problem at first with some error codes but not to worry. Just click on troubleshoot and that will take care of the activation after few minutes.

        Thats it. you can enjoy best version of Windows 10 activated forever. How you can check that? by typing slmgr /xpr in the windows command prompt. It should say "windows activated permanently". Use good antivirus. I use Eset Smart security for my personal use and its great.There is comodo internet security, total security which are really rated well for free anti virus. If you want paid version then you can get kaspersky or bitdefender.

        Windows store apps are really great and many. I got what I wanted. Flipboard, teamviewer and many other useful apps are there. So you can get everything there.
        Themes are really good. Copy , paste speed has improved, Boot time and shutdown improved. Settings has been simplified. There is powershell. There is something more. I noticed one more thing. When I left the computer idle for a long time. It kind of shut down but not exactly. When I powered on all the programs that were running were as it it including the virtual machine that was on. No, it was not hibernate or sleep as I didn't want both eating up my C drive space. I suspect it might be hybrid sleep but it was great to know that there is another way apart from these two options.

        These are just the tip of iceberg. There are plenty more improvements in this new version of Windows that many are yet to experience. I really wish people to use this new v1607 version or anniversary update and enjoy the best experience than they got with previous ones. I am extremely satisfied with the performance of this Windows v1607 and hope others have similar or better experience. I highly recommend this version of windows. Please do a clean install do not upgrade from windows update. This will help in removing uncertainties and smooth installation.

        Cheers!
        Sam

  4. Zoran
    August 19, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    So, nothing new in Win10? Too bad I have to use this piece of... code at my office :(

    • Joel Lee
      September 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Hey Zoran. Do you not find any of these features useful? I think they're strong improvements in a lot of areas where Windows 10 suffered. I'd personally want to see more performance boosts in future updates but I won't hold my breath for them. Which OS do you prefer if not Windows 10?

      • Cad Delworth MBCS
        October 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Yes, Joel, many of us do not find any of the so-called "features you'll love" (your words) in the least useful. Many of us don't want a Microsoft Account and never will. Many of us will never own devices with touch screens, and actually would never want to (no doubt you got yours free from a manufacturer?). Many of us would prefer the FULL control over colours and fonts that we were used to, instead of Microsoft forcing their choices on us every 20 minutes or so (I had to resort to a Task-Scheduled theme replacement to more-or-less combat this). Many of us would prefer the Start Menu to be grouped into folders like it used to be, making it about ten times faster to use wioth a mouse than the so-called 'improved' Win8/Win10 method of having to scroll through every darned program in the list because MS thought it made more sense to put it into alphabetical order instead of user-specified order. Many of us don't like the idea of Cortana snooping on everything we do and reporting everything back to Microsoft, so will never ever use Cortana. Many of us use sensible browsers like Chromium, because Edge gobbles up way too much screen space just so that the users who can afford touch devices are able to drive it with their pudgy digits. Many of us couldn't care less about Bash, and fewer still even know what that is or why you would want to use it.
        But most importantly of all, many of us don't want updates, upgrades, or whatever you want to call them FORCED on us, especially when there seems to be at least a small chance of ending up with a brick instead of a computer.
        So no, Joel, I am not "excited" about any of these useless non-features, I am however very worried about the potential for it going horribly wrong. Luckily I only have to use Win10 at work, and yes I have hated it since the moment it was shoved on to my machine here. Thank heavens my home computer is Win7, where I — NOT Microsoft — am in control. And frankly: I still prefer XP, because the so-called "improved" File Explorer they introduced in Vista has nothing to offer me except more clutter, and an increasing nuumber of features that are contrary to the way I work (i.e. I know where all my files are, and no I do NOT need nor want any virtual "Library" nonsense to allegedly "organise" everything, thanks very much).

  5. Kenneth Hess
    August 19, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I like Windows 10 more as I use it. It is smoother than 8.1, I never used 7. I like the added features and will probably use Cortana sometime, just not yet. The Edge browser works pretty well but it won't run my Roboform password app, so not a usable product for me for now. I still am sticking with FireFox, it works the best for me and I tried all 4 browsers on the same tasks and it is still the easiest and smoothest

    • Joel Lee
      September 30, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing Kenneth! I do think Windows 10 is an acquired taste because it's so different from Windows 7 and even Windows 8 (insert joke about "acquired taste = Stockholm Syndrome"). Have you tried Cortana yet? If so, how'd you like it?

  6. Michael Ellaby
    August 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    One big feature 1607 took away was defeating the locked screen. Not everybody MS uses a smart phone. Locked screen is not required on a desk top or laptop.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

      You can still disable it. See #11 in this article: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/16-windows-10-anniversary-update-issues-fix/

      • Mike Ellaby
        August 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

        Tina I can't get that to work. It was written in Jun maybe it worked with 1511.

        • Tina Sieber
          August 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

          Hey Mike,

          The article I linked to in my comment above was written and published in August 2016. The method for disabling the lock screen (#11) does still work, even on the Windows 10 Insider Preview, BUILD 14905.

        • Mike Ellaby
          August 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

          If you look at the article a lot of people can't get it to work with win 10 pro 1607 (for start up). I think it's going to take a lot of complaining to MS to get this feature back.

  7. Kenneth Hess
    August 16, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I downloaded and installed Windows 10 AU a week ago and took a couple of hours to go through the process and came up clear and working. After adjusting some settings, I haven't had any problems at all.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Thank you for your feedback, Kenneth! At least some people get to experience smooth upgrades. Actually, I suspect that the majority does, but you won't ever hear (complaints) from them. :)

      What's your overall opinion of Windows 10?

  8. GodSponge (EB)
    August 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I wouldn't mind using cortana if I could make it not use bing and edge.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 18, 2016 at 9:53 am
      • GodSponge (EB)
        August 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm

        Actually I haven't seen that one. I tried something a long time ago that used a chrome plugin and some other app, but it never seemed to work.

        I'll have to give this one a try.

  9. Steve McWilliam
    August 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    If you didn't get the Windows-10 Anniversay update and want to get it now then read this page: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/08/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/ - that is how I got the update on all 3 machines as I did not want to wait !!!

  10. Steve McWilliam
    August 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I've installed the Anniversary Update on 3 machines so far (2 laptops and 1 desktop) and all of them updated perfectly with no problems except for a couple of very minor issues on the desktop machine (no keyboard and no sound - both fixed by reinstalling the drivers). All 3 machines are running faster and smoother than on the Windows-10 1511 build and I am very pleased by the changes (so far) !!! Still a few minor things to be sorted out from the original Win-10 release (e.g. why does it ask me to choose programs every time I click a file and despite ticking the box to make it happen every time I click a file of that type it still asks me again the next time - annoying !!!!). Overall I think Win-10 is the best OS produced (so far) by Microsoft and the new Anniversary edition has made distinct improvements on a good start !

  11. Greg
    August 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I downloaded anniversary update onto my pc and it messed it up completely. Freezing straight after start up, and not being able to use mouse or keyboard to activate an app or get into settings to try and sort it out. Lost pc for 3 days- unusable.
    Not for me until ms can learn to code their operating systems so we don't have to do their snagging for them. I managed in the end to go to an Earlier Build, and now back working as I had it.

  12. D Young
    August 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Here's a feature you'll hate, can't turn Cortana off any longer

    • Joel Lee
      August 11, 2016 at 1:41 am

      The whole voice-activated aspect of Cortana can be disabled (at least it is for me) but I think the basic Cortana used for searching is quite helpful.

    • legion-_of-doom
      August 11, 2016 at 8:01 am

      I turned mine off just fine, after the new update.

  13. mark N
    August 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Cortana for Android also works with Tablets... at least it does with my Nexus 7 2013.

    Even though Google Play says it's not compatible with my device I was able to side load the Cortana APK from APKMirror. And it works with my Windows 10 installation to forward notifications.

    Cortana 1.9.5.1195-enus-release

  14. Leo Kusuma
    August 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Me too, until Aug 11, nothing happen on Windows update. Last night, several update coming for build 1511, but not upgrade to 1607. I prefer waiting than reinstalling.

    • Joel Lee
      August 11, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Do you have the "Defer Updates" option set, Leo? If so, that may explain why you don't have the Anniversary Update yet.

      • Leo Kusuma
        August 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        Never use "Defer Updates", leave "blank". I prefer wait until next month. If just receive cumulative updates and security updates for 1511, I will take installing using setup.exe from DVD.

    • Read and Share
      August 11, 2016 at 2:20 am

      I also got a Win update - early this morning. I thought the Anniversary finally came through, but no. Still build 1511.

  15. Read and Share
    August 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    It's Aug 10, and I still haven't gotten the Anniversary Update! Mine is still v. 1511 - although I have updates set to auto and I do get the daily Windows Defender virus definition updates...

    Wonder how many people got their updates vs. how many are still waiting?

    • Mark Gray
      August 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      I became an insider and downloaded anniversary and now I get all the updates

    • Joel Lee
      August 11, 2016 at 1:39 am

      Hi Read and Share. Are you on Windows 10 Pro? If so, do you have the "Defer Updates" option enabled? If so, you'll still be on the business branch of Windows 10 and that doesn't include the Anniversary Update yet. If that's not the problem, I'm not sure what it could be.

      • Read and Share
        August 11, 2016 at 2:19 am

        It's Win 10 Home edition, with auto update on. Sigh...

    • Passerby
      August 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      I think you can manually get the Anniversary Update via microsoft site here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history?ocid=update_setting_client

      I got my update that way instead of waiting and my laptop has been running fine.

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