I wanted to write an article about the things you should do whenever you get a new computer with Windows on it, but the Anniversary update is being distributed right now and I guess it’s as good a time as ever to talk about this topic instead. The new update is meant to fix a few bugs with the previous versions of Windows 10, along with bringing a few improvements to the table. The download size for the 32-bit version is 24 MB, whereas the one for the 64-bit version is 36. Note that installing the update will take about 10 minutes on very powerful hardware, so plan the installation accordingly if you’re running a not-so-fast computer.
Judging from the list of the files included with the update, a good chunk of the update is taken up by image files, which suggests a revamped skin or at least a few icon replacements. The rest of the updates is mostly DLLs for use by Cortana, Windows Hello and Microsoft Edge.
Among the fixes brought by this new update, Microsoft lists:
- Improved reliability of background tasks and extensions for Microsoft Edge.
- Addressed licensing issue that prevents apps from activating.
- Addressed issue that prevents changing display orientation after attaching a keyboard dock.
- Addressed issue with scheduled update scans that are delayed during Connected Standby.
- Addressed issue that sometimes prevent Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) apps from receiving keyboard input.
- Addressed issue with event logging that creates very large virtual allocations.
- Addressed issues that cause high battery drain when a Windows 10 Mobile device is idle or the screen is off.
- Addressed additional issues with Cortana, Microsoft Query and Microsoft Excel compatibility, and the Korean Input Method Editor (IME).
In the press release for the Anniversary Update, the new features touted are improved security thanks to the addition of automated Windows Defender scans, the implementation of Windows Hello on certain third-party websites (although it’s not currently clear which ones), saving Cortana searches and sharing them across multiple devices, Windows Ink for mobile devices, and better power management for Edge.
It is also worth mentioning that the update tweaks the looks of Windows a bit, especially the Start menu, the Settings app, the Action centre and the User Account Control pop-up.