Over the past few weeks, we have been working with clients to prepare them for the recent release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and assisting them when issues arise. This update, which is progressively being delivered will occur automatically on computers over the coming months.
The update, as mentioned in a previous CyberGuru Blog article, provides a range of new features and enhancements, but also brings with it a number of new issues. As a result, some users have experienced issues, including the reset their existing setup (to the point where even their region has reverted to the default!) as well as changes to the underlying configuration, causing some devices to be unusable until they are re-setup.
Whilst these issues cannot be prevented in some cases, it underlies the importance of a good ICT maintenance strategy to ensure backups are in place, up-to-date internet security software installed and that your computers are serviced prior to the upgrade. We strongly suggest regular backups that are reviewed and tested, as you never know when they may be needed!
If you are running Windows 10 Home, these updates will likely automatically. However, in Windows 10 Pro there is an option to defer updates. This is an important consideration for businesses who rely on their devices on a daily basis. We often recommend Windows Updates’ default option to download and install updates automatically, however in the case of mission critical computers such as servers, we can enable these updates to be postponed for several months.
It is important to note that the update will take approximately two hours to complete, so we strongly suggest that you set a time to do this. If you wait for it to happen automatically, then you may find one day your computer will upgrade in front of your eyes! Importantly, you only have 10 days to revert should you identify your installation be unsuccessful or present issues, otherwise you may need to restore from that backup.
If we may help in any way in getting you upgraded to Windows 10 Anniversary Update, please contact us. If you have been upgraded, we also would like to hear of any issues you have identified.