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As expected, Microsoft said Tuesday that its Windows 10 Anniversary Update is beginning to roll out. Surprisingly, perhaps, Windows phones aren’t on the approved list.

We found the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to be a positive step forward for users, with substantial updates to features you use the most. Since the AU is a standard update, you really don’t have to do anything to receive it: It will be downloaded and installed automatically.

This time, however, Microsoft’s offering a bit more clarity about who’s getting the Anniversary Update first. Traditionally, Microsoft has simply said that updates will be rolled out in phases. Today, however, Microsoft said in a blog post that the “Windows 10 Anniversary Update is being rolled out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases starting with the newer machines first.”

Why this matters: It’s no surprise that the Anniversary Update is rolling out today; Microsoft’s been saying that for weeks. What is disappointing, though, is that Windows phones are lagging behind. We all know that they’re on life support, but this only adds to the general ennui surrounding Windows 10 Mobile.

Here’s what you should see when downloading the Anniversary Update of Windows 10.

How to get the Anniversary Update

If you don’t want to wait for the update—say, for instance, you have an older PC—AU is still easy to obtain. Just go to your Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update menu and click Check for Updates. The Anniversary Update will appear as “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607.” Remember to check back and install it after it downloads, or else it will typically install sometime in the evening, when you’re not using your PC.

(If you’re not planning on downloading it immediately, remember that the AU download could really happen at almost any time. When you’re done for the night, save your work, and make sure you’re not in the middle of filling out any web forms, where data won’t be saved in the event of an unexpected reboot.)

Even better, if you click on the Learn More link just below the update button, you’ll be taken to a support page where you can download the ISO file. That’s handy if you want to perform a clean install from a USB stick onto multiple PCs.

Windows 10 Mobile phones will have to wait

Unfortunately, if you’re a Windows 10 Mobile phone owner, you’re going to have to wait. (Windows 10 Mobile owners are undoubtedly used to this by now.) Microsoft said that the AU will begin rolling out to phones “in the coming weeks.” Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t shared how long that will be, or the reason for the delay.

“We don’t have anything to share on Mobile other than it will start rolling out in the coming weeks,” a Microsoft representative said in response to an emailed question.

So to recap: Right now, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is rolling out to PCs. The Summer Update, aka the August Update, aka the Anniversary Update, is being deployed to the Xbox One and soon the Xbox One S. As for Windows 10 Mobile? Well, it’ll happen eventually. Sigh.

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Update 8/16/16: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has begun rolling out for Windows 10 Mobile. The Anniversary Update includes additional features and improvements for your Windows 10 phone. To manually check for the update, on Start, swipe over to the All apps list, then select Settings > Update & security > Phone update > Check for updates. Note that availability may vary by manufacturer, model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, hardware limitations and other factors.

Starting today the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will begin rolling out for our customers around the world*. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is full of new features and innovations that bring Windows Ink and Cortana** to life; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features; new gaming experiences and more. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will start rolling out to Windows 10 Mobile phones in the coming weeks.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is being rolled out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases starting with the newer machines first. You don’t have to do anything to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update if you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your device. However, if you don’t want to wait for the update to roll out to you, you can manually get the update yourself on your personal PC. If you’re using a Windows 10 PC at work, you will need to check with your IT administrator for details on your organization’s specific plans to update.

Here are a couple ways you can manually get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update

Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

1. In Windows Update simply click Check for Updates.

Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

2. The Anniversary Update will appear as, Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607. Click update and the update will begin downloading and installing.

Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

Another way to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be by clicking “Learn more” just below the “Looking for info on the latest updates? In Windows Update.

Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

From there you’ll be taken to a support page on Microsoft.com that will allow you to download the ISO file to your PC.

We hope you enjoy the Windows 10 Anniversary Update!

*Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available in all countries where Windows 10 is available.
**Cortana available in select markets

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Edition has arrived.

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The first major update to Windows 10 — the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — started rolling out to all users on August 2. This update brings several changes to the operating system, including visual modifications, improvements to the Edge browser and new features such as Windows Ink .

You don’t need to do anything to get the update. Windows 10 automatically scans for, downloads and installs new updates to your device (though the Anniversary Update will require a restart).

But maybe you’ve been waiting for Windows Update to automatically update your device. and it still hasn’t updated. Because Microsoft is rolling out the update slowly (very slowly. ), the Anniversary Update may not be available for your device yet.

Also, if you recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, the Anniversary Update will not be automatically available to you until you’ve had Windows 10 for at least 30 days. If you’re still within this 30-day window, you can get the Anniversary Update right now by deleting the Windows.old folder with Disk Cleanup.

Once you delete the Windows.old folder, you can manually prompt Windows Update to download the Anniversary Update.

  • Open the Settings menu and go to Update & security > Windows Update.
  • Click Check for updates to prompt your PC to scan for the latest updates. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  • Click Restart Now to restart your PC and complete the installation process.

If this method doesn’t work for you, you can manually download the Anniversary Update ISO from Microsoft’s Windows 10 update history page.

  • Go to the Windows 10 update history page.
  • Click Get the Anniversary Update now to download the ISO (an EXE file).
  • Run the file to open the Windows 10 Update Assistant, and follow the instructions to complete the installation process.

These two other methods have also been suggested online, but right now neither of them will help you get the Anniversary Update any faster.

  • Enroll in the Windows Insider Program: Windows Insiders have had access to the features and changes present in the Anniversary Update for some time now, and anyone can enroll a device in the Windows Insider Program. But the Windows Insider Program takes several days, and sometimes weeks, to activate. So you won’t receive the latest Windows Insider build immediately upon signing up for the program.
  • Manually install the update using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool: The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool allows you to create your own Windows 10 installation media (USB, DVD or ISO) to perform a clean installation of the operating system. The Media Creation Tool doesn’t yet include the Anniversary Update, so if you attempt to update your system using media created with this tool, you will simply end up reinstalling Windows 10.

Update: The Media Creation Tool has been updated to include build 14393.0. Note that this is not the final release build of the Anniversary Update, which is build 14393.1.

Editors’ note: This article was originally published on August 2, 2016, and was updated on September 15, 2016.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update is having its share of problems, but Microsoft has solved at least one of them.

The company announced late Wednesday that it had released a patch to fix the login freeze issue. Anyone who was experiencing the issue can now upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10. The patch fixing the bug will be automatically applied when you move up to the Anniversary Update.

The story behind the story: The login freeze issue was the first of three hardware problems that have dogged the Anniversary Update. Shortly after reports of the login issue appeared, a bug causing webcams to fail in the Anniversary Update surfaced. About a week later, we started hearing about Amazon Kindle users whose PCs were crashing when they plugged their e-readers into their computers via USB.

Microsoft’s August 31 patch is now available via Windows Update.

Thawed out

While there have been several problems with the Anniversary Update, the freezing issue was easily the most severe. When it was first discovered in mid-August, the best thing users could do to solve the issue was roll back their PCs to an earlier version of Windows 10.

Users experienced the freezing issue when they used two drives, putting their operating system on the primary drive and splitting app data onto a second drive, according to a post by Microsoft on the company’s forums.

If you never bothered to roll back from the Anniversary Update and are still experiencing the freezing issue, Microsoft has a workaround. If you have a second administrator account, sign in to that account, check Windows Updates for any updates, and install the patchreleased on August 31. Many users should already have a notice that a new update is ready for installation.

Once that’s done, reboot your PC and you should be able to login to your original account with no problems. If it doesn’t, you can roll back your PC to vanilla Windows 10 and reinstall the Anniversary Update once again.

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Still waiting for the Anniversary Edition update to be installed but no update as of yet. Here an easy way to install the update now.

Two important things to do before you start the update:

A) Create an image backup of your current version of Windows 10. Should the update fail you can restore the image to your disk drive and try again.

B) Disable your Anti-Virus software!

How to install the update:

1) Go to Windows Update, by opening the start menu, click on ‘Settings’ / Updates & security or in the ‘Search box’ type: update’ and open ‘Check for Updates’.

2) Now look down for ‘Learn More’ link and click on it, it should open a page on your default browser.

3) Next click on ‘Get the Anniversary Update now’.

The File that is downloaded is named: Windows10Upgrade28084

4) Double click on this file Open it and make sure it starts downloading the upgrade file.

Note: You also have the option if you see the message “Windows10Upgrade28084.exe finished downloading.” located at the bottom of the display; you can click on the ‘Run’ button to start downloading the upgrade file. Click ‘Yes’ when prompted. Then click on the ‘Update Now’ option.

5) Next watch for ‘Downloading Windows 10 update’, which will be followed by ‘Verifying Download’.

6) Next it should start the upgrade (it may take few minutes to reach the 2% mark).

7) The upgrade should continue and finally get beyond 2% in a short while (be patient).

Note: If the upgrade remains stuck at 2% and you received an error code 0x80070057 then click HERE and follow the instructs on resolving this issue.

8) After the update is ready, you will need to restart the computer, click on the ‘Restart now’ button.

9) After your computer restarts the update will finish installing and may reboot one or more times to complete the process.

10) Check your activation status:

Click on Start / Settings / Update & security / Activation

11) Verify the Windows 10 version number is 1607 (As of August 2nd 2016): Start / Settings / System / About

Note: Updates may change the OS Build number from time to time such as KB3176495 released on August 9 th .

That’s it, you’re done!

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Thank you, this was very helpful, for upgrading from an earlier version of Windows 10 to the newest version, without waiting around for the update to download by itself.

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I have gone through all these steps several times to update my machine, which operates under

Win10 Pro #10586.545 to the latest Win 10 #14393 (1607) with zero success.

Originally it told me to get rid of Canon Zoombrowser, etc which I did, but now it shows that I have another error, (White Sq 10mm x 10mm with Blue sq 5mm x 5mm inside) but no description whatever advising what the program is!

Error code showing 0xc1900209, which according to Google could mean several different incompatibilities. I have disabled my virus checker for the procedure, but no luck!

Can anyone enlighten me, please? All updates are in, with only one failure (KB3172985 July 21, 2016)

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With myriad problems now evident, it may be best to skip the Anniversary Update for now

Given the massive testing and repeated refinement that brought us Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you’d think the rollout would proceed with few debilitating problems. But you’d be wrong. From common installation problems to minor irritants to significant data destruction, reports of problems are mounting up.

You should consider dodging the update until Microsoft irons out the worst difficulties.

Everyone who’s been paying attention to Windows 10 updates expected installation problems. Microsoft hasn’t yet delivered a Cumulative Update that installs on all machines, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Anniversary Update installs trigger a wide variety of failures, rollbacks, flakey Universal Windows programs, and error codes such as 0x80070020. I talk about all of those errors and more in my May article, 20 fixes for a Windows 10 update meltdown.

Mauro Huculak at Windows Central has a different list of problems that have occurred — problems connecting to the Microsoft servers, driver incompatibilities, insufficient storage errors, damaged installation files, and more.

And, of course, we finally found out how to fix Cortana if he/she/it gets zapped in the course of the update.

There are very credible reports that the Anniversary Update is making entire volumes/drives invisible, prompting a reformat. The newest version of Win10 refuses to see some drives, identifying them as RAW, and prompting for an NTFS reformat. It’s easy to accidentally reformat the drive.

I’ve seen a report on AskWoody.com that the Anniversary Update makes the entire Group Policy setting for Configure Automatic Updates useless. While the gpedit setting for Configure Automatic Updates is still there, changing the setting there has no effect in the Win10 user interface (Start > Settings > Update & security > Update settings). It’s still too early to tell exactly how that’ll work, but the “Available updates will be downloaded and installed automatically” notice appearing in the Settings app does not inspire confidence.

There are more credible reports about Win10 locking up completely after the Anniversary Update. Redditor KuruQan found out that running a clean install fixes the problem. There are many different solutions proposed, but nothing official from Microsoft. We don’t even have official acknowledgment that the problem exists.

It looks like System Restore gets turned off when you install the Anniversary Update.

Several of the reported problems disappear if you roll back to the previous version of Windows — for those in the Insider program, that means going back to build 14393.0 (or possibly .5). For those of you who aren’t in the beta test program, that means rolling back to the Fall Update, build 1511.

But there’s yet another problem with rollbacks. Richard Hay reported yesterday on Windows Supersite that Microsoft has just — unilaterally, and without notification to anyone — changed the rules, so rollbacks can only be performed for 10 days after the initial installation. “Microsoft can now recover anywhere between 3 and 5GB of storage space on the users device that would normally be occupied by the previous operating system files that were saved for a possible rollback recovery.” That’s a decent argument now, but somebody should’ve told Microsoft last year when they silently pushed 3GB to 6GB of unwanted data onto Windows 7 and 8.1 computers as part of the “Get Windows 10” effort. How convenient to have that change of heart.

Adding insult to ignominy, the Anniversary Update is changing all sorts of settings. The officially recognized changes include:

Poster jescott418 on the same Microsoft Answers thread adds this:

Just great, all the tiles are live again, back to annoying notifications, default icons Edge, and Store back on taskbar which is not such a big deal. But still, so much for customizing your PC anymore. Well, I just got to move past Windows I guess. No respect for the individual user anymore. Can’t stop these updates and I guess can’t expect your PC will be like before they updated. Long-time Windows user, really had enough.

The list of broken drivers goes on and on. For example, Brother Corp just sent a reassuring email to all their customers that says:

This notice is for customers using Win10 OS. If you are not using Win10, this notice does not pertain to you. The next major update to Windows 10 is scheduled to be released on August 2nd, 2016. After your Windows 10 PC has been updated, either automatically or by manually updating through Windows Updates, you may no longer be able to print or scan using the USB and Network connections. To resolve this issue, you will need to uninstall the existing Brother software and then reinstall it.

With the update rolling out slowly, there’s a good chance it hasn’t yet tried to install itself on your machine. If that’s the case, you can proactively try to block the update for now. If you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, you can use the metered connection trick to keep the Anniversary Update off your machine. If you have Windows 10 Pro, you can bypass the forced update to Win10 Anniversary Update by clicking Start > Settings > Update & recovery > Advanced Options and check the box marked Defer upgrades. If you aren’t on Wi-Fi and only have Win10 Home, you’re forced into a considerably more complex blocking situation which involves using wushowhide to keep it off your machine.

There’s one conclusion that rings out loud and clear: Windows 10 desperately needs a way to control forced updates. And I’ve said it for the past 18 months, but Windows 10’s aching Achilles’ heel is patching. Microsoft’s refusal to allow normal Win10 users to vet patches before they’re pushed still ranks as one of the main reasons to avoid Windows 10.

Back in the not-so-good old days, Microsoft released periodic Service Packs for Windows. The terminology isn’t fashionable anymore (somebody please remind me why). But back then, you had a choice about installing Service Packs — you could surf on the bleeding edge and install them as soon as they came out, or you could wait a week, or a month, or a year to make sure Microsoft had its act together before you installed a massive change.

Windows honcho Terry Meyerson started us down this road a little over two years ago, when he released Update 1 for Windows 8.1, which was a coerced “Service Pack” without the name. That campaign drew unprecedented attack because Microsoft didn’t allow enough time to iron out the problems with Update 1 (later renamed to just “Windows 8.1 Update,” and the “Update” terminology has slowly disappeared).

We’re seeing the same disaster playing out again. Microsoft expects all Windows 10 users (except those on the Branch for Business or LTSB) to move to Anniversary Update as soon as Microsoft pushes the update onto their machines. There are no exceptions and precious little opportunity to push back, in spite of the problems.

Microsoft’s massive Windows 10 Anniversary Update has caused major problems for some users, and at this point it’s a good idea to avoid the OS completely until the company squashes some of the bigger bugs.

Last month, I warned readers that Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update would likely be somewhat buggy and suggested consumers should wait awhile before installing it. Unfortunately, my advice proved valid.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update infestation

There are widespread reports of significant bugs in the update, and they’re causing systems to freeze, browsers to misbehave, and peripherals — including Xbox One controllers — to malfunction. Two major antivirus companies also warn that incompatibilities with Windows 10 could open up users to security risks.

Making matters worse, Microsoft recently changed its policy regarding rollbacks to previous versions of the Windows OS. In the past, users who upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version had 30 days to reverse the process and restore an older OS. Today, Windows users have a grace period of only 10 days to rollback the Anniversary Update.

All major software updates are likely to ship with at least a few bugs. However, the volume and potential seriousness of the Anniversary Update’s reported problems seem unusual. By waiting to install the update you lose nothing, and you could save yourself a good deal of wasted time and effort. If you already installed the update and haven’t experienced any problems, you may not have to worry. If you are having problems, you should perform the rollback as soon as possible.

Microsoft will likely fix the issues sooner than later. Windows 10 is ultimately a solid OS, and the update will make it better once it’s patched. (We asked Microsoft for a comment on the bug reports but have not yet received a response.)

Anniversary Update and busted antivirus

Microsoft works closely with security software developers, so it’s somewhat surprising to McAfee and Avast warn users not to install certain versions of their products on PCs running the latest software.

WARNING: Intel Security has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that McAfee security software and hardware products are fully compatible with Windows 10 Anniversary Edition endpoints. However, do not upgrade to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update without first verifying whether your McAfee product is compatible.

Microsoft was supposed to check for incompatibilities, according to the McAfee post, “but due to time constraints, Microsoft could not implement the intended version check in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.” Seriously? Microsoft couldn’t spare the time to protect its customers? That’s not acceptable.

Avast offered a similar warning but said most users haven’t had issues with the update.

The problems with the Anniversary Update started to appear soon after the software went live on August 2, according to InfoWorld.com’s Woody Leonhard. A related Reddit thread Leonhard cited now has nearly 700 comments. The Windows Start menu was also apparently affected, and according to one report, Microsoft is aware of the issue and has promised, but not yet delivered, a fix.

To paraphrase our Brit friends: Keep calm and carry on — but don’t upgrade your Windows OS.

Microsoft has not yet acknowledged, much less fixed, the last-minute bug

A bad patch distributed the day before Windows 10 Anniversary Update’s release has taken out Cortana on many machines. Yesterday, I wrote about the build 14393.10 patch, KB 3176929, which Microsoft distributed to beta testers on the night of Aug. 1. I have no idea why Microsoft patched the Anniversary Update on the night before its long-anticipated general release.

Thanks to contributors on Reddit and on AskWoody.com, we now have details about the way this specific patch disabled Cortana on many machines.

As best I can tell, Microsoft has not yet acknowledged the problem, except a report on one Microsoft Answers forum thread that “Microsoft support says engineering is working on the issue, hope to resolve in the next couple days.” I have seen no workaround.

There are three telltale symptoms.

First, when you click in the Cortana Search box, Cortana doesn’t appear. Instead, you get a notification to “Start typing to search for apps, files, and settings” (screenshot). On the left side of the Cortana search pane, under the hamburger icon, you see a “home” icon, but the “notebook” icon that normally appears below “home” is missing. If you type in the search box, Cortana only looks for local files and programs — there’s no intelligent repartee, no search outside the PC. Cortana works, in effect, exactly like the Search box in Windows 7 or 8.1.

Second, when you right-click on the taskbar on most Windows 10 systems, the second entry says Cortana and you’re given the option of hiding Cortana, showing the Cortana icon only, or showing the search box — which is the default. But on these clobbered systems, when you right-click on the taskbar (screenshot), there is no entry at all for Cortana.

And third, inside Microsoft Edge’s Advanced settings (click the ellipses, then Settings, scroll down, then Advanced Settings), you’re normally given the option of turning off Cortana search, keeping Cortana from working inside Edge. In Cortana-clobbered machines, that option is grayed out (screenshot). Edge informs, “This setting isn’t available when Cortana is turned off in Windows” — a fascinating observation, because the Anniversary Update removes the ability to (easily) turn off Cortana.

There are other, more subtle, manifestations of the problem. PKCano reports

If I type something in Search Box, Cortana Background Task Host pops up in Task Mgr as well and I see some CPU usage, so something is going on.

No Notebook and no Windows Search key at all. Also “Not Configured” in group policy.

Many threads I’ve seen on the Microsoft Answers forum and elsewhere are simply incorrect. Users didn’t do anything to bring on the problem. It’s a bug that appears in some copies of one, specific version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Unfortunately, that version of Win10 AU was rolled out to a few hundred million people on Aug. 2 — and it’s still rolling out, even as we speak.

This Cortana bug is different from the language snafu that has disabled Cortana before. It isn’t related to Cortana being pulled from Education editions. It’s directly attributable to build 14393.10. And yes, the bug was introduced the night before the big rollout.

I haven’t seen any fixes that work. If you’re in the Insiders program and roll back to beta builds 14393.0 or 14393.5, Cortana returns. If you’re not in the Insiders program and you have this problem, you can roll back to the Fall Update 1511 (Start > Settings > Update & security > Recovery, Go back to an earlier build), which takes quite a while.

That’s assuming you actually want Cortana, which is by no means a given.

Microsoft’s in an interesting quandary right now. If the ‘Softies release a manual workaround, chances are pretty good somebody will figure out a way to reverse the steps in the workaround and allow anyone to turn off Cortana. That would be something of a Holy Grail in some circles, as Microsoft makes it very difficult to turn off Cortana in the Anniversary Update.

If the ‘Softies release a patch — perhaps yet another cumulative update for its newly released product — some will be tempted to simply block the cumulative update and thus retain control over Cortana.

Let’s hear it for last-minute patching.

Many thanks to those who have contributed, especially PKCano (who took the shots) and rpodrick.

Woody Leonhard is a columnist at Computerworld and author of dozens of Windows books, including “Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies.”

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Microsoft has rolled-out the highly-anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

The latest upgrade – the second major update since the release of Windows 10 one year ago – boasts a slew of new features and improvements to existing functionality.

The blockbuster update is available to anyone running Windows 10, which customers can still download free of charge (despite the end of Microsoft’s year-long promotion) using this simple trick.

Anniversary Update will now roll-out to all Windows 10 users – although it might take a while.

Microsoft is staggering the launch, so it might take a day or two, or even a few weeks, before the update appears in your Windows Update app.

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Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

The speed of your update depends on a number of factors, including the device you use, how you obtained Windows 10, your location, and the current demand on the servers assigned to distribute the update.

Microsoft purposefully rolls out significant updates at a slower pace, in case something goes wrong during the release.

To check whether the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available to install on your machine, launch Windows Update.

Open Settings > Update & Security then click on Check for Updates.

Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

Microsoft purposefully rolls out significant updates at a slower pace

When your Windows 10 machine successfully connects with the Windows Update servers, your update will begin downloading.

You will then have to tap Restart Now to finish the installation.

If you cannot see the Anniversary Update in your Windows Update, there is a way to get hold of the latest features right now.

Microsoft lets users use its Media Creation Tool to launch an in-place upgrade on your machine.

First, you’ll want to download the Media Creation Tool – picking between the 32-bit or 64-bit version here.

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Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

Choose Upgrade This PC Now and click Next. Once the Windows 10 Anniversary Update download has completed, you’ll need to agree to the various terms and conditions.

Make sure you have told the Media Creation Tool to Keep Personal Files And Apps (this should be the default).

If it’s not, click on the Change What To Keep link to ensure the installer does not overwrite your data.

Click Install to kickstart the update process.

Anniversary Update – Frequently Asked Questions

• What’s In The Anniversary Update?

Microsoft has focused on several key areas of improvement for this upgrade, the first of which is Cortana.

This is the firm’s virtual assistant, which can be used to answer questions on your schedule as well as help you find files and information on the web.

In the Anniversary Update, Cortana is being pushed out far wider, including to the Xbox One console for the first time, and will now handle any and every search you make on your Windows 10 device via the search box in the command bar, at the bottom of the screen.

Another core feature for the update is security.

Why your pc hasn’t received windows 10’s anniversary update yet and how to get it

Anniversary Update users can draw directly on your screen with Windows Ink

Microsoft already has facial recognition software to enable users to unlock their device using just their face. This feature can now be used to log in to websites and apps as part of the Anniversary Update.

The Edge web browser – the replacement for Internet Explorer – is also being made more power-efficient.

Meanwhile, users can also write and draw on their screens more freely thanks to Windows Ink, a feature which makes the software more stylus friendly.