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Installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
That page has a download link that will actually download a small program that will do the work of getting and installing the anniversary update appropriate for your machine.
Click on that. Run it. Say “yes” to the UAC prompt, of course. Once this utility is running, it’s obviously going to let you update to the latest version of Windows 10. Say “Update now”.
Now, while this is happening, I’m going to go ahead and close Internet Explorer because we just don’t need it anymore. It’s going to take a couple of minutes to basically check compatibility. Of course, this machine is already running Windows 10 so it should be completely compatible, and it is.
We’ll hit, “next”, and it’s now it’s going to get the update ready. Now, this is a very lengthy process, so I’m actually going to speed things up by a factor of 5,0 so you don’t have to wait for the half hour or hour or however long it took for this to happen for me.
It’s actually downloading the update. Updating Windows. Rebooting a time or two or three. Your PC will restart several times, it says, and it’s not kidding. I think that was the fourth or fifth reboot at this point.
I’m actually going to go ahead and use express settings even though I generally don’t recommend it. I’m going to be using this particular machine as an example machine for essentially changing those settings when you don’t have that opportunity; when you ended up with the express settings.
And that’s it. I’m going to go ahead and log in here, and we’ll see that we now are back in Windows 10. Now, running the anniversary update. There’s one thing I’m going to do here and that’s because it did change my screen resolution on me.
I usually run 1600 x 900 so I now need to go back and change my screen resolution back to that resolution. And we’re done. I go ahead and keep the changes.
That’s essentially it. This is Windows 10 anniversary update. You’ll notice it doesn’t look a whole lot different. The easiest way to tell what you are running is to look at the start menu and you’ll see that the All Programs list is included as well as a few controls there off to the left.
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Remember, stay safe, have fun, and of course, don’t forget to back up. Take care everyone.