In my Aug. 4 Field Notes column, I stated that it was good that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update was rolling out over several weeks.
Based on feedback from readers in the Windows Secrets Lounge, the update went well for some but certainly not all. If you like the latest thing, upgrading to Win10 1607 right now might be a case of “Be careful what you wish for.”
As I noted in that previous column, the update to Version 1607 hasn’t shown up in Windows Update on any of my standard systems. So I forced the update on a virtual-machine–based PC. That process went smoothly, with only a few settings resets.
That wasn’t the case for many upgraders who posted their experience in the Windows Secrets Lounge (see, for example, “Windows 10 Anniversary Update arrives — slowly” thread and “‘Anniversary Update’ installed OK” thread). There were numerous laments of installation issues with Version 1607 — and driver problems after the update completed.
Perhaps the wisest plan came from on Lounge member who received a notification that drivers for USB-connected Brother printers needed to be reinstalled after upgrading to Win10 1607. Resisting temptation, the Lounger has decided not to force the upgrade and practice patience. That’s a good plan for many — the more we delay the move to Version 1607, the more likely peripheral vendors will have checked and, if needed, upgraded their device drivers.
The reasons for a failed upgrade can be baffling. For example, Windows Secrets contributor Doug Spindler reported that the migration to Version 1607 went well on several machines, but one stubbornly refused to be upgraded. All the machines were the same make, model, and configuration. The updates were all clean installs, so there could not be an issue with installed drivers or software. Others reported a similar experience in the Lounge.
One Lounge post reported a common problem — and a solution. The upgrade download completely, but the actual installation repeatedly stalled. The solution was to disconnect the machine from the Internet the moment the download verification reached 100 percent. The installation process then completed, as expected. He then reconnected the machine to the Net to allow the installation of any needed updates.