Microsoft made Windows 10 Version 1607 (aka the Anniversary Update or AU) available this past Aug. 2.
But, over four weeks later, the upgrade hasn’t shown up in Windows Update on any of the Win10 systems at my office and home.
That’s five different machines, three physical and two virtual. Microsoft stated that it would start the roll out with newer PCs, but the update still hasn’t appeared on a new HP notebook, purchased about four weeks ago.
I do have Win10 1607 on one of my virtual machines, because I manually downloaded the update using the Windows 10 Update Assistant. There are various online sources for the app, I got it by going to the Microsoft’s “Upgrade to Windows 10: FAQ” page and clicking the “Join the celebration — get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update today” link. The Update Assistant downloads quickly and runs automatically (Figure 1). Fortunately, before the updating process actually starts, you have the option to cancel it.
Once Update Assistant actually begins the task of installing Win10 AU (see Figure 2), there’ll be an automated but lengthy process — possibly several hours — of downloading files and installing the OS. This is almost like a from-scratch install — though as the tool notes, your files will remain intact. However, the promise that “It’s easy to go back if you don’t like it” might not be the case.
There could be good reasons that Microsoft is slow rolling out AU. There were undoubtedly a huge number of upgrades from Win7 and Win8.1 just before the July deadline for the free version of Win10 — and there were many reports of driver issues after that upgrade. Add another significant update (AU) on top of the upgrade, and you have a recipe for trouble.
Microsoft is undoubtedly still making many tweaks to Win10 AU. Moreover, the delay gives third-party developers some additional time to update their drivers.