Items tagged with anniversary update

The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 brought a lot of great refinements and features to the table. However, as far too many users discovered, it also brought with it a number of bugs. From the get-go, it began locking-up on users, ultimately pushing Microsoft to endorse user-submitted fixes. Later, the update managed to kill webcams, and somehow even made some Linux users' lives miserable. Fast-forward to now, four full months after the Anniversary Edition launched, and Microsoft is dealing with yet another bug - but this one should be fixable fairly easily. Recently, some users have noticed (probably... Read more...
Over the summer, Microsoft began pushing out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to consumer PCs (and the Xbox One). While Regular Joes might not mind putting up with bleeding edge software and a few bugs here and there, businesses and those that use Windows 10 in mission critical situations aren’t very keen on taking chances with new updates. Thankfully, Microsoft has just declared that after months of testing by its various customers — including enterprise deployments — that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (aka Windows 10 1607) has been certified as a Current Branch for Business (CBB). “Businesses... Read more...
Microsoft has faced criticism on numerous occasions over its aggressive tactics in getting users to both upgrade to Windows 10 and, more recently, install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but its efforts are paying off. The latest figures from AdDuplex, a cross-promotion ad network for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps, shows that the latest version of Windows 10 is now installed on roughly three quarters of Windows 10 PCs.While not as pervasive as the Anniversary Update on mobile, where AdDuplex says the penetration rate has reached "critical mass," being installed on 76.6 percent of Windows... Read more...
Those of you rocking a PC with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update may want to hold off on letting your system apply the latest round of fixes. There are several user complaints that Build 14393.222 (KB3194496), the seventh Cumulative Update since the Anniversary started flooding PCs in August, is borking systems by putting them into an endless reboot loop. The latest update package is supposed to deliver "quality improvements" in the form of several bug fixes for various issues, as well as improve the reliability of certain tasks, such as downloading and updating games from the Windows Store. Unfortunately,... Read more...
If you’re a Windows Insider, then you have a nifty little feature to try out in the latest Skype Preview for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The latest update to Microsoft’s premiere messaging app allows you to both send and receive text messages via your Windows 10 PC using the SMS relay feature. The only catch is that the Skype Preview must be set as your default messaging app on your Windows 10 Mobile device. “There’s no need to reach for your phone – you can view new messages as they arrive and respond to messages from your computer,” writes Microsoft’s Suzanne Choney in a blog posting.... Read more...
My how the tables have turned. It used to be that you couldn’t blink an eye without Microsoft shoving its Windows 10 nag screens down the throats of Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Now that the free upgrade period to Windows 10 is over, Microsoft is taking it easy on users. The same goes for Windows 10 users that haven’t yet been auto-updated to the Anniversary Update. When Microsoft initially launched the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in early August, it announced that the update would be handed down to users in waves. Over a month later, some Windows 10 users still haven’t been automatically upgraded... Read more...
If you’ve been annoyed by incessant freezing and slowdowns on your Windows 10 PC after installing the Anniversary Update, it's time to turn that frown upside down. It took Microsoft roughly a month to figure out the problem, but users can now apply a Windows Update, which was released yesterday, to alleviate the problem. Microsoft Community forum moderator Basith M posted an update to the original thread discussing the issue, writing: With the help of users and MVP’s who posted on this thread an investigation determined that a small fraction of users who had moved app information to a second logical... Read more...
Late last week, we reported that the Anniversary Update was causing problems for certain webcams that were otherwise working fine in Windows 10. Today, we’re learning of yet another hardware incompatibility with Windows 10, and the inconvenience to users is far greater this time around. Customers are reporting that something as simple as plugging an Amazon Kindle e-reader into a free USB port is now causing their PCs running Windows 10 Anniversary Update to throw up a blue screen of death (BSOD). User Tucsat posted to the Microsoft Community forums: Today I plugged in a Kindle Paperwhite and it... Read more...
Microsoft brought some cool new features and functionality to Windows 10 with its recently released (and much anticipated) Anniversary Update, the second major upgrade to the OS since it was released in July of last year. Unfortunately, the Anniversary Update has at least one unintentional side effect—it breaks webcams. It doesn't break all webcams, but this is no small issue. Millions of popular webcams seem to be affected, including Logitech's popular C920 model, which is one we use at HotHardware for our Two And A Half Geeks video podcasts. The problem arises when an affected webcam tries to... Read more...
If you’re still experiencing freezing issues after installing the Anniversary Update on your Windows 10 PC, then you’re going to have to sit tight a little bit longer. Microsoft initially acknowledged last week that a “small number” of users were experiencing problems in a Community forum posting. Since that time, the thread has received 482 replies and plenty of feedback from affected users. Now, however, Microsoft has locked the thread due to it being derailed a number of times with off-topic commentary. “We don’t want this one thread to lose focus so after seeing the variety of posts we have... Read more...
We reported last week that users were having issues with the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update locking up their PCs. Some users have experienced freezing issues almost immediately after installing the major software update for Microsoft’s latest consumer operating system, which was released on August 2nd. Reddit user SolowingX wrote, “After logging in everything works for like 20 seconds. After that if I only mouse over the Start area, Taskbar, the black part simply, it freezes and I get a message that Windows is not responding." The problems are affecting a broad swath of customers running... Read more...
As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to back up your important data prior to installing any type of major update. That includes the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, essentially a modern day Service Pack, which seems to be tripping up some systems. If you head over to reddit, you'll find several complaints of PCs not responding shortly after logging in after applying the update.Reddit user SoloWingX brought the issue to attention with an ongoing post describing his initial problem and what effect various suggested troubleshooting steps have had on his setup. SolowingX says that "everything went... Read more...
Another word of warning before you proceed with installing the Anniversary Update for Windows 10—you only have 10 days to decide if things are working out or whether you want to roll back to a previous build. After 10 days, Windows 10 locks you into the Anniversary Update for good, whereas previously Microsoft allowed 30 days to evaluate things.For most people this will be no big deal. In our limited testing, the Anniversary Update has been running fine on multiple PCs and configurations. But that's not going to be the case across the board. Limiting the ability to roll things back to a previous... Read more...
Microsoft made a huge fuss about getting customers to upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.x to Windows 10 — all free of charge of course. The last day to perform the free upgrade was July 29th, and in the weeks leading up to that deadline, Microsoft employed some questionable tactics to get users to bite. We already know that users who currently take advantage of Assistive Technologies can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free (and even those who don’t can simply go to this page and download a free copy). But according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft has left open yet another “window” to allow... Read more...
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