Windows 10 Anniversary Update Ends as a Tale of Two Computers
NEWS ANALYSIS: The new Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings some much needed improvements to Microsoft’s newest OS. But successfully completing the installation can be an adventure.It seems as though Microsoft has been talking about its plans to release a major overhaul of Windows 10 in time for the operating system's first birthday since its original release in July 2015. People in the company's Insiders Program have been getting periodic looks at planned features, and news stories about the update have been regularly published for months. But now PC owners are actually able to update their computers with the real thing. Microsoft is providing the Anniversary Update as part of the normal Windows Update process, which means that many Windows 10 computers will get the new version over the course of the next few weeks. However, it's also available on demand for those who want to start using the Anniversary Update immediately. Consider doing this before Microsoft starts running automatic update for your organization's computers, because the new version is likely to cause some support concerns.
First things first: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update shows dramatic performance improvements to the point that it may catch you by surprise. I updated the Windows 10 installation on an HP Z620 dual-processor workstation and changed what had been a slightly pokey machine into one that's vastly faster. In fact, turning the scroll wheel on the mouse made pages fly by so fast that I had to force myself to go back and try again.