Consider Win10 1607 a service pack and plan accordingly. That’s the lesson from upgrading my Lenovo laptop, especially after losing Bluetooth connectivity.
And at Microsoft’s Ignite developers’ conference, Microsoft announced future security upgrades to Win10.
Version 1607 rolled out slowly — until now
Many Win10 users were wondering when they’d see the Anniversary Update (AU). But, apparently like many others, it showed up on two of my local machines this past week. Also like others, the update didn’t fare well on one system — a Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop.
I was far from alone in having a problem with AU. In a quick and random survey of Windows Secrets authors and editors, Lincoln Spector had no issues but Tracey Capen reported that one of his PCs seemed to automatically roll back to Version 1511. And on another system, it took three tries before the upgrade stuck. Also, upgrade times ranged from under an hour to several hours. Bottom line: Expect widely varying results, if you’re updating multiple devices.
In my case, once Win10 AU installed, I could no longer use my Bluetooth mouse — the driver was missing. In fact, the Bluetooth section was missing in Device Manager (see Figure 1), and checking for updates did nothing.
I’d seen reports that others had lost Bluetooth after the upgrade, and they solved the problem by downloading drivers and BIOS updates from the appropriate hardware vendor. On my problematic notebook, installing a BIOS upgrade from Lenovo brought Bluetooth, and ultimately my mouse, back to life.
The upshot: Microsoft might consider the era of service packs over, but these major Win10 releases act like service packs. So when adding any of these big updates, be prepared to roll the OS back to the previous version, should you have issues you can’t easily fix. And note: You have only ten days to roll back from AU to Version 1511.