Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now


Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this week, here's the good and the not-so-good details.

There's quite a lot going on with the Microsoft Anniversary update. I've rounded up a list of useful resources for you. If you're planning on upgrading, you may want to hold off until some bugs get worked out. The update is rolling out slowly from what I've read so you probably have some time. If you've already received the upgrade, I've supplied a link with directions for uninstalling the upgrade. If you want to defer it, there's a way to do that too.
Probably the most important piece of information you need to know is that Microsoft has changed the rollback period from 30 days to 10 days. If you install the Windows 10 Anniversary update, you now have 10 days from the date of installation to revert to your previous version of Windows instead of the original 30 days.

The Anniversary Update brings some improvements and fixes for annoyances that have been around since Windows 10 launched, and some changes that are less than welcome; more advertising, less control over what you can do to your system, and changes to the Group Policy in Windows 10 Professional edition. And for the moment, you can still get Windows 10 free under some circumstances.

For a detailed explanation of what's going on with many users and an overview of the changes in the Anniversary Update, check out Woody Leonhard's article:
The case against Windows 10 Anniversary Update grows

I highly recommend reading this article, especially if you plan on upgrading to the Anniversary Update. There are issues being reported that range from Cortana being broken by the update to instances of people having problems that include freezing, disappearing drives, and problems with device drivers.

Here's how to defer the Windows Anniversary update in Windows Pro:
How to delay the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows Home users don't have the same options, but there are ways to delay or block updates:
Block Windows 10 forced updates without breaking your machine

If you want to uninstall the Anniversary Update, directions are here:
How To Uninstall Windows 10 Anniversary Update

These two articles detail the changes Microsoft is making to Group Policy:
Microsoft removes policies from Windows 10 Pro
More forced advertising creeps into Windows 10 Pro

Some examples of things Group Policy won't be able to do anymore with the Anniversary Update: turn off certain ads, turn off consumer experiences, turn off Windows tips, turn off the Lock Screen, and you can't disable apps from the Windows Store. The only way at the moment to avoid these changes is to upgrade to the Enterprise version. As that involves volume licensing it's not much of an option for individual users. Normally after Microsoft makes these changes, ways to get around them start to appear. I hope that's the case here.

Here's a great overview of what Microsoft has refined and improved in the Anniversary Update:
All the Coolest Features of Windows 10's Anniversary Update

Don't have the Anniversary Update and want it now? Get it here:
Windows 10 Anniversary Update
(You'll have to download the ISO and mount it or burn it to disc)

You can still get Windows 10 Upgrade for free for now. Here's two different ways:
Forget the deadline, you'll still be able to get Windows 10 for free
Free Windows 10 Upgrade Still On for Windows 7/8 keys

Can't decide whether to upgrade to Windows 10 or not? I've reviewed several articles on why you would want to upgrade or stay with your current version of Windows. These are the two I think offer the most relevant points both for and against:
5 Reasons to upgrade to Windows 10
10 reasons you shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10

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I'm late to the party but here is a snippet that becomes relevant if you use CrashPlan:

I am on Win10 (64-bit) Version 1607 (Anniversary Update).
CrashPlan downloads it's installer.
The installer works.
But there seems to be no way to get the CrashPlan program to work - it just does NOTHING!

Anybody has a hack or a workaround or any relevant info?

Did you install it and are you running it using admin rights? That's the only thing I can think of. Maybe someone else has some suggestions. :)

Other than that, I would check the developers site forum, troubleshooting or support areas.

Great article Rhiannon, thanks.

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it. :)

MS appears determined to take away control from us, and I am a control freak.
I would like to suggest a new article, that would be of interest to some of us -
"W10 guide for Control Freaks"

PS I noticed the post about Winaero, which I will check out.
PPS Some of you may be tempted (like I was) to just use Windows Defender.
If you look into it, you will find that you have very little control over it -
- It is scanning all the time (even though you have not told it to). That can slow older PCs, with lots of files, tremendously.
- It is not easy to disable completely (which we need sometimes), and it will turn itself back on when it feels like it.

I can also suggest a program called Blackbird.

It has a green WOT rating, but as the site says "*Note: Some anti-virus products may detect Blackbird as malware. We assure you it's a false-positive; Blackbird does nothing that is not clearly advertised, leaves no files behind, and can be safely deleted after usage".
Works on Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista

VirusTotal has two flags on the program or it would likely have been written up here. You can view the analysis of the 64 bit version here:
Blackbird Virus Total analysis

For a more complete description of what Blackbird does check the listing at Major Geeks:

I'm not sure there's one of those yet, but it would be good to see. So far the best site I've come across is this one - it's on the technical side but quite useful:

The Ultimate Windows 10 Security Guide
There's a section on Security and a section on Privacy

For step by step less technical assistance this is a good site:
The Windows 10 privacy settings you need to change right now

I don't know how much of this will still work in the Anniversary Update, but at the least, choosing a custom install gives you the option of turning things off at the beginning. Most of the settings can be changed after installation.


I am not sure if it related to the windows 10 update, but ever since the update occurred my taskbar doesn't work correctly, I can't fully close the pinned folders using right click and also the clock doesn't work correctly when you click on it, it no longer opens the calendar



I would check to make sure you have the correct and updated graphics drivers installed. For whatever reason, many, many people (myself incuded) have had issues with Windows 10 and graphics drivers. On my desktop, it completely wiped out my nVidia drivers and didn't see the graphics card. I had to download and reinstall new drivers.

I would run a search on Windows 10 taskbar problems, there are several entries. There's an issue with the clock and calendar that seems to be causing trouble for many, the description and solution are here:
Date and Time pop up calendar/clock in Windows 10 not working

It might work in your case.

Thanks Rhiannon, it appears you are correct, it appears that the windows 10 update had wiped my NVIDIA drivers and after I ran the free slimdrivers software as recommended on gizmo some time back, it found drivers missing and reinstalled them. Now the Taskbar is again up and running.


Excellent news! I am so glad that's fixed. :)

Windows 10 is running fine on my laptop, but I had enough issues with it on my desktop that I rolled back the installation and I'll be sticking with Windows 8.1.

An issue I encountered with Windows 10 on my laptop is that it turned off System Restore. I've read that can happen in some installations so if you use it System Restore, it's something to be aware of.

I'm not crazy about the Start Menu and tiles on either Windows 8x or Windows 10 so I use Start8 and Start10 from Stardock as start menu replacements. Both Stardock products are paid software, around five dollars US. I've had Start8 for years and I Start10 came as a free upgrade. Classic Shell works as well and is free.

One day has passed after installing the anniversary update and today I've found that many web pages are displayed in italics and normal fonts. I don't know if this is a coincidence or not.
Do you have any ideas on how to fix that or from where I can re-download all the official Windows 10 fonts?

Is it only web pages, or is happening in installed programs? Do you have only one browser installed? If you have more than one browser, is it doing the same thing in all browsers?
If you don't want to rollback the update, the first place I would start is downloading and installing graphics drivers. There have been several issues since Windows 10 was released with graphics drivers.

Thank you for the reply.

If I opened the same web pages on any browser, I had the same result. Same thing with some web applications (eg. WhatsApp for PC).
I've found that, when selecting a text in italics from a web page and going in browser's Inspection mode, it displays the name of the required font.

The problem is now fixed. A font named Open Sans was missing its Regular form. I don't know how it may have been deleted. I found it and re-installed it and everything is back to normal now.
Checking the rest of the system's font, I haven't found any other one missing the Regular type.

Question is, if someone wants to re-install the original Windows 10 fonts, how is that possible? I haven't found any source.

Anyway, thank you for the reply and I hope that helps for any future reference.

That's some great sleuthing. I've been doing some looking around about what you posted and found one post that had the problem, but with with Arial. This shold work to restore the default fonts:
a: Press Windows key + X.
b: Then click Control Panel.
c: Then click Fonts.
d: Then click Font Settings.
e: Now click Restore default font settings.

(from this link)

I tried that, too. The procedure was successful, but it didn't fix my missing font.
I also tried copying all the similar fonts from another Windows 10 system. Note that it hadn't received the Anniversary Update yet.
The specific font wasn't there. I wander this font is included only with the Anniversary Update.

I looked up the font, it appears it's a Google font. You may have to download and reinstall it. I did find an article relating to some other fonts missing that might help:

Fonts Missing After Windows 10 Update

That's very helpful. I will also keep in mind the steps from the link. Thank you very much for your time.

You're more than welcome. :)

The newsletter email for this article has a typo (http:// in the "read more" link which takes the recipient to a link squatting spam/malware site (http://(dot)com) - fortunately if you are using WoT it intervenes and warns about it.

Confirmed- it took me to my ISPs search page with thebad link in the search bar

Yes the "read more" link has http:// duplicated and is thus an invalid url. However clicking the article title works fine. The error was my fault, yet more proof of my non infallibility, as if any more evidence was needed :) I've now fixed the typo but this will only be of assistance to rss subscribers as email subscribers will not be mailed again. Thanks for pointing this out. Gizmo

Here is a site where the man specializes in windows hacks and is up to date with windows 10
Most of the things in this article already have workarounds. Get his tweaker for a lot of tweaks in one place but his articles will provide registry hacks so you can run your machine as you wish and not as Micr$oft dictates

I've been a Winaero fan for some time. :)

hi rick, i tried that site...pretty slick. i downloaded and am using the one click firewall deal. soooo much easier that trying to do that with the windows firewall. thanks., clas

The article from the Windows Club on how to defer the update is inaccurate and misleading. What Anand Khanse didn't tell you is the option to defer upgrades is only available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. Windows 10 Home users do not have that luxury.

Since the Windows Club / Anand Khanse didn't bother to make that distinction, I believe you should do so here.

Many thanks for noticing that Joe, I really appreciate it. I've added a link that brings some options to Windows Home users. :)