THE WINDOWS 10 Anniversary Update is quick off the mark doing the things major OS patches always do, which is making hundreds of people complain that it's broken their systems.
A thread on Reddit is rapidly filling up with complaints of system freezes a mere 20 seconds after booting up with yesterday's update.
The thread was started by someone who claimed that "after logging in everything works for, like, 20 secs" after which the system freezes with the mouse over the taskbar and a 'Windows is not responding' message appears.
The freeze still takes place even after disabling every third-party application, the user claimed. Apparently, booting in Safe Mode seems to get round the problem.
There are other reports that downloading an ISO of Windows 10 build 1607 (i.e. the Anniversary Update) fixes the bug, but nevertheless the thread continues to list crash reports from people who solved it with rollbacks to the previous build (or who didn't solve it that way) and even by using the ‘clean' USB-based ISO installation mentioned as the main fix.
Others said that installing .NET framework 3.5 and various C++ Redistributable Packages does the trick.
Crash or freeze time seems to vary from 20 seconds to two minutes, and there are reports of occasional blue screens. Others mentioned bugs including disappearing right click menus.
We'd take it all with a pinch of salt, but a writer for the INQUIRER has experienced a version of the glitch running build 1607 on a Dell XPS laptop with an Intel i5 processor.
In this version of the bug, random hangs seem to take place for no reason at all. Using Chrome, Spotify or simply navigating normal windows have all resulted in problems lasting for several minutes and then suddenly improving.
Whatever the actual cause, opening a command prompt as an administrator and typing sfc /scannow to do a corrupt file check, as some have already advised, is definitely a sound way to start - if you know what you're doing.
Call it teething problems if you will, but our Windows 10 Anniversary Update review didn't find any particularly burning need to upgrade so quickly anyway. µ
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