Most Windows 10 Anniversary Update issues still present, two months after release

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Microsoft released the second major update for Windows 10, the Anniversary Update OS, two months ago. The update brought a lot of new features and enhancements to Windows 10. We now have improved user interface, better performance options, and a bunch of new features.

Over the course of these two months, millions of Windows 10 users installed the Anniversary Update on their computers. The update brought the innovations mentioned above to all the users who installed it, but not everything is so positive, as the update caused many issues and problems, maybe even more than the previous major update, the Threshold 2 update.

After these two months, we’ve decided to make some sort of a roundup of the most common problems that bothered, or are still bothering Windows 10 Anniversary Update users.

We also need to mention that the issues we’re going to talk about in this article concern only the public version of Windows 10. We are not going to take into consideration the problems bothering Windows 10 Insiders. We have a separate place for those issues.

Most common issues in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Definitely the most widespread problem with the Anniversary Update occurs even before the new Windows 10 version is installed. That’s right, we’re talking about the installation or download fails when trying to upgrade to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Many users have been reporting this problem on Microsoft’s forums since August 2, and reports keep coming in even to this day.

Here’s what some users say about these installation fails:

“My Windows 10 Home desktop machine downloaded the anniversary update this afternoon and completed the first part of the installation process.  It then switched to a screen that says “Working on updates xx%;  Don’t turn off your PC.  This will take a while.  Your PC will restart several times.”

The percentage completion gradually increased to 82% over an hour or so.  It now has been at 82% for about 6 hours.  […]  Is there some way of gracefully exiting the process that is less likely to inflict injury on my operating system or data?”

There are so many ways of fixing update issues in Windows 10, it all depends on the root-cause. You can manually reset the Windows Update Center, you can use a third-party software to download the update, but the solution that’s going to work for sure is manual installation.

As for the other problems, one user recently pretty much summed up the most serious problems in Windows 10 version 1607 on Microsoft’s forums. This user, and many other Windows 10 users, are experiencing problems with long booting, Cortana, the Settings app, UWP apps, user interface, and more:

I have a list of problems after this update.

My PC takes ages to load after I sign in which isn’t normal.
Notification icon is lit up but won’t open by clicking or right clicking and asking it to open.
Windows logo button (bottom left) doesn’t work except by right clicking. There is just a list Programmes, Power, etc. No apps or settings. Run doesn’t work, and neither does search. I’ve not tried all the rest.
Cortana won’t open.

I have Candy Crush pinned to the task bar. That flashes but won’t open. The same with all the Windows apps on my task bar. Less used apps have vanished from the start menu, as has almost everything, such as settings, printer etc.
It would take hours to find what else is wrong. It’s obvious the update was corrupt. I did it on a different PC and at first glance it seems OK.
Reliability Monitor says Applications failure, Windows failure, Misc failures, and then a long list.
Have rebooted, and also a hard turn off then back on.

I can’t access Settings or Update History except in a round about way of trial and error.
My PC is totally screwed up and I’m seriously fuming about it. It’s not my fault and I want it put right without losing anything saved on my apps, such as Candy Crush. I don’t have Facebook so I haven’t save my progress. I’m at level 1605 so I will be very upset if I can’t get back in.
I don’t know what to do.

We have already investigated the majority of these problems, and found solutions for them as well. So, if you’re still experiencing any of the following issues in the Anniversary Update, check out our fix articles below:

Sadly, all these problems are still present in Windows 10, and users are still encountering them. Microsoft released a bunch of cumulative updates, but none of them seem to be able to completely eliminate these issues. However, we hope that our articles helped you to fix at least some of these issues.

How has your Anniversary Update experience been so far? Did you encountered other problems that we didn’t mention here? Tell us more about it in the comment section below.


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