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Win10 AU Zooms Into Majority Status

Paul Thurrott reports this morning that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU) is now running on a sizable majority for active users of the latest flagship version. In fact, Win10 AU zooms into majority status with 77 percent of all Windows 10-based PCs having upgraded. The progression of numbers has been dramatic since its release on August 2.  Some 16.2 percent upgraded by late August, with 35.5 percent by the end of September, and 77 percent right now.

The stretched out uptake comes in part because MS did not roll out the AU to all users through Windows update immediately. Thurrott speculates, in fact, that MS deliberately slowed the pace to provide time to diagnose and fix various problems it manifested. But with uptake now over three-quarters of active users on the Current Branch, he goes on to speculate further that:

  • the AU will be “fully deployed by the end of November”
  • “the problems are finally behind us,” meaning that webcam, OS hangs and freezes, and other issues are now mostly fixed

Win10 AU Zooms Into Majority Status Does NOT Mean “Mostly Fixed”

I’ve been hanging out on TenForums quite a bit for the past month, trying to gauge the current state of the Anniversary Update. Unlike Thurrott, I am not yet convinced that the undeniable issues with this release are “mostly fixed.” Indeed, an unusual number of cumulative updates show since the AU appeared. From the MS Support listing for Updates for Windows 10 Version 1607 , there are 8 such updates:

October 11, 2016—KB3194798 (OS Build 14393.321)
September 29, 2016 — KB3194496 (OS Builds 14393.222) 
September 20, 2016 — KB3193494 (OS Builds 14393.187 and 14393.189) 
September 13, 2016 — KB3189866 (OS Builds 14393.187 and 14393.189)
August 31, 2016 — KB3176938 (OS Build 14393.105)
August 23, 2016 — KB3176934 (OS Build 14393.82)
August 9, 2016 — KB3176495 (OS Build 14393.51)
August 2, 2016 — KB3176929 (OS Build 14393.10)

Users at TenForums report issues installing many of these (and other) Windows 10 updates. Sometimes, manual downloads from the Update Catalog overcome Windows Update service ills. Sometimes, they don’t. And sometimes, Windows Update itself goes wonky. Numerous users report problems getting Windows Update to work normally after install problems occur. Lately, the issue with Windows freezes has declined in frequency. But numerous users still report freezes, and are being forced to roll back to the 1511 version to restore their PCs to working order.

The number and frequency of cumulative updates also indicates — IMO — that issues keep popping up. The traffic on TenForums makes this assertion more credible, too. There’s been a raft of rants, complaints, and grumbling that matches or exceeds anything I’ve seen since Windows 8 appeared. That’s not something that MS wants!