The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally here. While Microsoft surprised everyone by rolling out the update a bit later in the day than normal, if you want the latest and greatest from Redmond, you’ll need to update your OS.

Before you update, make sure to check out our guide on 5 things to do before updating and installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Let’s look the step-by-step process of updating to  Windows 10 Anniversary Update works, what to expect after install, and how to troubleshoot issues you might come across.

Installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Like updates before, Microsoft rolls this out throughout the first few weeks of release. Typically, newer machines and devices will see the update right away with older machines seeing it bit later.

Running Windows Update

Getting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Manually

If the Anniversary Update doesn’t show up in Windows Update, click the “Check for Updates” button and run a manual check. If it still doesn’t show up, there’s still a way to push the update manually.

From the Windows Update screen, click “Learn More” at the bottom of the window and click the “Get the Anniversary Update now” button.

This will download the Windows Upgrade tool. This will allow you to download the Windows 10 ISO that has the Anniversary Upgrade, once burned to a USB or DVD, you’ll be able to walk through its steps to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours depending on the age of your PC. Newer PCs should see the update take about 30 minutes.

You will need to be plugged in if you’re on a laptop or tablet before you begin.

Since this is the largest update since the release of Windows 10, you can expect three to four restarts during the process. Simply let the update run until it’s finished. You won’t need to do anything else but sit back, relax, and wait for it to be over.

Once finished, you’ll be able to login to Windows 10 like you normally do and start taking advantage of everything the Anniversary Update has to offer.

Troubleshooting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

We’ve covered how to get the update to either show up in Windows Update or do a manual upgrade, which so far is the most likely issue you’ll run into when trying to get the Anniversary Update.

Some other common issues you’ll encounter include:

Downloading the Update Might Stall or Fail

Keep in mind how many users are trying to download and install the update at the same time. Timing out or stalling is natural during the download part of the update. We recommend trying to download the update during down time or overnight to avoid these issues.

When we encountered this issue, simply clicking the  “Try Again” button got the download process started again for us, without any further delays.

Upgrading Appears to Stall

This typically means your system is backing up files and folders to the Windows.old directory for use after the upgrade. You just need to wait it out and let the process work itself out. This might add some additional time to the overall upgrade, but the upgrade is still happening even if it doesn’t appear to be.

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) During Update

Nobody wants to see a BSOD at any time with a PC, let alone during an update. If you see the BSOD during the update, take note of the error then shut down your PC by holding the power button down for a few seconds. Let the computer sit for at least five minutes while checking what the BSOD error means.

Common BSOD errors during update include – Graphic or video driver issues and BIOS issues. Follow the instructions for what your specific errors means for troubleshooting before attempting to update again.

Computer Won’t Boot After Successful Windows 10 Anniversary Update Install

Power down the machine by holding the power button for a few seconds. Let the machine sit for a few minutes, then restart and run startup repair to correct the issue.

Apps and Windows Appear Blurry On Display After Update

Compatibility issues with Windows 10 Anniversary Update

This most likely happens due to incompatibilities with old programs not supported by Windows 10 anymore. If this is happening, click on the shortcut for the app or program, then head to “Properties,” then “Compatibility.” Then, uncheck “Disable Display Scaling on High DPI Settings.”

This would rectify the issue; if it doesn’t, you’ll want to check with the software or app developer to find out if it’s a known issue that will be corrected with a future update.

Windows Store Appears Blank After Update

Try clearing the Windows Store cache to get it in working order.

CCleaner and Other Programs Disappeared After Update

Microsoft now recommends that CCleaner not be used with Windows 10 as it causes issues cleaning up parts of the OS it shouldn’t. This can lead to significant issues for users.

Microsoft, during the Anniversary Update, will remove CCleaner and other Piriform software because of this recommendation. Other software may be included in this list but not yet announced by Microsoft.

We’ll cover more issues with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update as we come across them.


Overall, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been a smooth sailing process for most users, we included. TechNorms will be covering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in detail, so expect coverage about the new features, issues that pop up, and much, much more in the coming weeks.