An interesting item popped up from Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet yesterday. Basically, it reveals that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update rollout will keep trickling out until early November. That’s right: Anniversary Update on 3 month schedule stretches the delivery of Version 1607 until 1611. Here’s the footnote, which MJF kindly pasted into her article.
Now THAT’s what I call “extended release!
How to Skip Anniversary Update on 3 Month Schedule Slowing Your Access
Of course, you don’t have to wait until MS decides to deliver the Anniversary Update automatically. Other options let you install it on your schedule. But before you jump on them, consider that MS is holding back on some machines for what it deems good reasons. The company is using telemetry readings to stagger the update to give them time to address potential compatibility issues. Goodness knows, plenty have already been reported for the AU already.
What if you’re bound and determined to get the upgrade on one or more of your PCs? Then, you have several options for manual upgrade:
Use the Windows 10 Update Assistant
Use the Media Creation Tool and elect the “Upgrade this PC now” option
Grab the Windows 10 ISOs for whichever version you wish to upgrade. Use a tool like Rufus to build a bootable USB drive (or simply right-click the ISO file, mount it on your system, and click “setup.exe”)
Thus, there’s no shortage of choices (and associated methods) to update sooner, rather than later. Those prepared to troubleshoot compatibility issues that result should feel free to exercise them. Those who’d rather avoid such travail might best wait for MS to offer the update through the Windows Update service.