Windows 10 Anniversary Update - What you need to know

Is it a myth? How do I get it? What does it bring? What if I don’t like it?

We have been inundated with all sorts of questions concerning the semi-released Windows 10 update from various different parties, so we thought it might be best to combine all the answers under one roof. A Windows 10 Update FAQ if you will.

What is it?

Let’s start at the start then, in August of this year Windows celebrated the first birthday of Windows 10 by creating a large update full of features and developments designed to make Windows 10 even better and address problems from its first year.

Where is it?

Normally Windows, and technology giants in general, aren’t too slow in reminding users to update their systems whenever they release an update. So if you don’t have this one, you may be asking why not? Well the truth is that the roll-out has been exceedingly slow, and is not expected to be finished until November, if you can wait!

How do I get it?

Of course if you can’t wait that long, or your interest has been piqued, you can take matters into your own hands. As with the iOS7 debate however, we would recommend caution, if updates aren’t rolled out fully by their manufacturers, this may be due to teething issues, and you don’t want to be the guinea pig. By all means though, if you just can’t wait, head to the Windows 10 update tool page, and simply follow the instructions.

What if i don’t like it?

Beware! Here there have been changes, and if you’re used to rolling back to your previous operating system at a moment’s notice, pay close attention. Once updated, the user must choose to head back to their old system within 10 days, or be stuck with Windows 10 forevermore. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

So what does it add?

Now this is a little more positive than the various answers above.

This Windows 10 update is chock full of new bits to improve on the old system, including a tweaked Cortana, which can perform commands whilst locked, and inform you of missed calls, SMS notifications and more all direct from your Windows or Android phone. The update also adds a ‘Dark mode’, and has made changes to the Start Menu, displaying all programs in a list.

There are lots more elements which will be discovered through longer-term use, but in general the update deals with some niggly issues from Windows 10 and updates several elements in line with technological advances.

As we mentioned, depending on your standpoint with regards updates, this will either be the invitation you need to overhaul your system, or the warning you require to stay your hand. Depending on your use and qualms with the existing system this update could be the answer to your prayers, or an unwanted prompt. However, now you know what it is, what it does, and how to get it, and the decision is yours!