Windows 10 Anniversary Update – Heaven for Power Users

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  1. HardOCP News

    HardOCP News [H] News

    Dec 31, 1969
    The crew at Hardware Secrets say that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has a lot of new features that power users will like. I personally haven't installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update yet because of the rumored freezing problems, how many of you have installed it? What are your thoughts? Any issues?

    Windows 10 had several features aimed at power users like virtual desktops and updated features when working with a command prompt. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update gives power users even more reasons to smile. When released with Windows 10, the Edge browser was woefully inadequate. I don’t know anyone in the tech community who has been using it. Well, it took a year, but Edge has finally come of age.

  2. PhaseNoise

    PhaseNoise [H]ard|Gawd

    May 11, 2005
    I have not personally had any issues on the 5 machines in my house. This is one enthusiast PC (mine), a Last-Gen enthusiast PC (son), and a variety of laptops. Seems fine really. No better or worse for anything I do. If they improved something, great. None of those so-called "power user" features are relevant to me. I want a lean fast kernel and I want it to then GTFO, and I've set it up so it mostly does.

    And edge still has a UI horribly lacking in useful features. It's a great rendering engine as far as I can see, but man, I can see why they codenamed it Spartan. The feature set is... minimal. I can't see why I'd bother when I can use a browser which is as fast, but actually has configurability.
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  3. DPI

    DPI Nitpick Police

    Apr 20, 2013
    Pretty obvious sponsored article, the entire thing looks copy/pasted from Microsoft's website.

    When "New Date/Time Calendar", "Activation Troubleshooter" and "Change Audio Source" are among the major bulletpoints, it's a testament to just how lacking in new features the update actually is.

    Seriously, MS had a year and this is the best they could come up with.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2016
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  4. Sonicks

    Sonicks [H]ard|Gawd

    Jul 24, 2005
    I've not had any issues with the anniversary update.

    The only thing it broke for me was my Apple HFS driver. I got away with reading HFS formatted drives by manually installing the driver from the Apple Boot Camp package but that no longer seems to work after the update. Once Apple updates their drivers to support this Win 10 update I'm sure I can go back to that method.
  5. Ultima99

    Ultima99 [H]ardness Supreme

    Jul 31, 2004
    I've been planning to do a nice clean reinstall with the updated ISO, but with school starting next week now its starting to look like I will be waiting even longer.
  6. freeloader1969

    freeloader1969 2[H]4U

    Dec 13, 2003
    I have had a problem with the update. Core I5 Dell Laptop with SSD/HDD. After the update, I get stuck at the logon screen for about 20 to 30 seconds before I can use the desktop. Before update, less than 1 to 2 seconds.
  7. Pieter3dnow

    Pieter3dnow [H]ardness Supreme

    Jul 29, 2009
    The New Edge Browser
    Activation Troubleshooter
    Bash shell
    The Cortana App
    Windows Action Center
    New Date/Time Calendar
    Windows Hello
    Dark theme
    Xbox Play Anywhere
    Change audio source

    Yeah this shouts power :)
    I'm wondering how people can write this and pass their work drug test at the same time ?
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  8. Darunion

    Darunion 2[H]4U

    Oct 6, 2010
    I updated it on my asus rog laptop, didn't really notice anything. Actually got a better boost to performance when I purged the asus bloatware.
  9. MrE

    MrE 2[H]4U

    Jun 19, 2004
    Ran into a problem after the update. My Xbox One controller stopped working. I'd power it on, the X would start flashing until it linked with the wireless USB adapter only to immediately turn off once paired. I was able to fix the problem by unplugging the receiver and moving to a different USB slot and then pair the controller and dongle after the driver loaded. Seems their update changed XInput and the driver needed to be reinitialized. Other than that annoyance, it has been pretty stable.
  10. Shmee

    Shmee [H]ard|Gawd

    Sep 12, 2014
    Haven't really noticed that much of a difference. The Start Menu is once again ever so slightly different, but whatever.
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  11. Mav451

    Mav451 [H]ardness Supreme

    Jul 23, 2004
    Have had installed for a while, no issues.
  12. vmirjamali

    vmirjamali Limp Gawd

    May 14, 2010
    Amazingly enough this update fixed some performance issues I was having with 10bit 4k movies. I didn't change the codec/player or anything and it started working without being all laggy. I'm guessing they fixed something in the hdmi output/video card dept most likely as it was fine when i wasn't outputting to my tv. Other than that there is some small changes and they are much welcome.
  13. cyclone3d

    cyclone3d [H]ardForum Junkie

    Aug 16, 2004
    Have it on my main rig at home, my computer at work, and put in on a bunch of laptops as well.

    Haven't had a single issue with it whatsoever.
  14. Domingo

    Domingo [H]ard as it Gets

    Jul 30, 2004
    No issues on my system. I like several of the additions. One less click to get to my list of programs. Edge is somewhat usable now.
    Several of the apps like People/Calendar/Skype/Xbox/etc. got updates that I appreciated.
    Windows 10 updates can be a crapshoot, but I've been happy with this one.
  15. midnightfrolic

    midnightfrolic [H]Lite

    Dec 20, 2015
    Been running it for a while. No issues yet. *crosses fingers*
  16. SGTGimpy

    SGTGimpy Limp Gawd

    Oct 7, 2009
    I just updated all our systems in our corporate office to the Anny updated this weekend and only had an issue with one computer which wasn't connected to the update. The hard drive just died. Other than that, not a single issue with any applications, GPO on the domain, or user profiles after the update. Also many of the users have said today that their systems seem faster now. I couldn't tell any speed difference on my workstation after the update, but then again. The OS is on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD so I don't know how much faster it can get.

    Also I suggest if you want to do the update, do not do it through Windows update. I ran into the freezing issue during lab testing of the roll out. Use the media creation tool or download the ISO from Microsoft website to do the update. Then after the update run the Disk Cleanup/system files to get you drive space back. After disk cleanup, if the Windows.old folder is still there. It is most likely stray DLLs for your video driver. Just reinstall the video driver, reboot and run disk cleanup again. Then it should be gone.
  17. delsydsoftware

    delsydsoftware [H]Lite

    Sep 11, 2008
    I updated a few days ago, and I was having issues with frequent 20-30 second lockups when writing to the C Drive. Then, Steam started giving me a DRIVE WRITE ERROR when I tried to download anything. Chkdsk would then find a crosslinked file, and I'd have to go through the multi-boot disk cleanup process. I thought that my SSD might be failing, but the errors and lockups seemed to be random. Windows event viewer showed warnings saying that raid controller 0 had performed a reset at the same time as these lockups. I looked in device manager and realized that the anniversary update had replaced my motherboard's SATA controller drivers with a generic MS driver. I reinstalled the correct drivers and everything has been fine since then.
  18. realdeadman

    realdeadman n00b

    Oct 2, 2011
    Win 1607 (ANN UPDATE) Changes/REMOVES something dealing with WIFI.

    IT completely break the ability to create a HOTSPOT on my machine
  19. NIVO

    NIVO [H]ard|Gawd

    Jul 19, 2004
    installed the update and have one problem(but its not real big). Start pc, get to login screen and no login screen. Have to hit reset to get it t start again and one the second go it hooks the login. Does it after pc is off for the night on a cold boot. Never occured before the update.
  20. Kor

    Kor 2[H]4U

    Mar 31, 2010
    It's installed on all 3 desktops I have, however this NUC I'm using can't install it.
  21. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

    Sep 29, 2001
    I was able to get it installed on my main workstation and server. Only issue that I had was that the Creative settings for my Sound Blaster ZX reset and defaulted to the headphones.
    Was wondering why I had no sound, noticed it was on headphones, switched to speakers and was wondering why it was so bass heavy and vocals seemed low. All the effects were turned on and it was set for 5.1 surround.
  22. DWolvin

    DWolvin [H]ard|Gawd

    Nov 13, 2002
    I'm having slow / sluggish Edge behavior, and it won't close multiple tabs (after the prompt it just stays open), but I'm on slow ring so it might be a new bug...
  23. TrevorR

    TrevorR Gawd

    Jun 13, 2006
    Its installed in my pc in my sig. No problems at at. Not faster or slower, same performance as pre anniversary update.
  24. DiabloRojo

    DiabloRojo Limp Gawd

    Sep 7, 2005
    After the usual 45 minutes of "change privacy settings/uninstall bloat/disable services/modify GPO" crap for every major Win10 update, it runs great on my SP3 (i5) and is also fine on my HP Envy dv6 laptop.

    They finally listened and made Dark mode which would be spectacular if things like f'n windows explorer were f'n dark too. FFS!

    I won't touch Edge with a telephone pole until there's no requirement to use a Microsoft Account (which is will be never) so I can't speak to that.
  25. Makaveli@BETA

    Makaveli@BETA 2[H]4U

    Mar 24, 2004
    Have it on my primary desktop and a laptop and its running perfect no issues.

    Both machines run ssd's.

    And funny enough I find the sound is better/abit louder on my X-FI card.
  26. steakman1971

    steakman1971 2[H]4U

    Nov 22, 2005
    No issues on three computers at my house.
  27. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

    Feb 12, 2012
    "Power users" should be ashamed of themselves for running that POS OS. :)
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  28. WhyYouLoveMe

    WhyYouLoveMe [H]ardness Supreme

    May 24, 2005
    No issues here - yet. Installed it on my XPS 9550. I can't say anything was improved and nothing appears to broken.
  29. Burticus

    Burticus 2[H]4U

    Nov 7, 2005
    No problems here.... 2 desktop systems: FX8320 and a i5-6600k and 2 laptops: old slow i3 asus zenbook (that install took a long time, even with an SSD) and modern i5 dell.

    Do take a moment and review your security/privacy settings in control panel after the upgrade though, lots of things to disable. Like, ALL of them.
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  30. sadsteve

    sadsteve Gawd

    Oct 1, 2010
    About the only thing a power user might be happy with is the Bash shell (and associated command line utilities), other than that, the rest is kind of eh. Also, most of the power users I know aren't happy with the removal of a number of GPE settings for Win 10 Pro. Hopefully the GPE changes aren't just the start of Win 10 lockdown.
  31. jbltecnicspro

    jbltecnicspro [H]ardness Supreme

    Aug 18, 2006
    It was never about the end user. It was always about collecting from the end user. :D
  32. nilepez

    nilepez [H]ardForum Junkie

    Jan 21, 2005
    I have it on my laptop, but I don't use it as much as my desktop and my Desktop has never had the option of updating, so once all the bugs are ironed out I'll download the image and create a DVD to install it. I will say that if I had an XBox, I think buying a game once and being able to play it anywhere is a nice feature, but not what I'd call a power user feature.
  33. AceGoober

    AceGoober Live! Laug[H]! Overclock!

    Jun 25, 2003
    Anniversary update installed and working well. Only gripe I have is due to the removal of the Intel USB 3.1 drivers which were replaced with MS drivers. USB 3.1 ports definitely do not perform as well prior to the update.
  34. RedStarSQD

    RedStarSQD Limp Gawd

    Dec 3, 2005
    I only had one issue with Steam after the update ...but steam fixed the issue the next day. Oh and the mouse razer driver (synapse) increased boot time by 8.3 seconds but then seem to resolve itself after driver update eventually got installed after windows managed to get back online.

    Also, you have to go and manually update windows to see the anniversary update (at least, in my case)
  35. Dekoth-E-

    Dekoth-E- [H]ardness Supreme

    Mar 23, 2010
    I'm pretty sure Bash is the only thing in that list "Power" users give a damn about and it most certainly doesn't make up for the removal of group policy among other things. Pretty obviously sponsored article and had I had any respect for that website I wouldn't now.
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  36. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

    Jan 28, 2014
    I was going to say, the Bash shell is the only thing that power users could remotely care about in the things pointed out.

    I haven't booted Windows 10 on my desktop since installing it two weeks ago...
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  37. krotch

    krotch [H]ardness Supreme

    Aug 12, 2004
    I think when they say "Power" user, they mean someone who just uses the machine a lot, like an office worker. Where most of those "Power" user options, are already in Office or aren't used. The other stuff is just annoying user options. Edge, annoying. Cortana, annoying. Windows Action Center, annoying. The rest, gimmicky options.

    I also hate the Action Center. Which I just turn off in GPO. Which makes me wonder if you can turn it off in this Anniversary Update. You supposedly can't turn off "Windows Tips", which why would a "Power" user need any of those tips?

    This update seems like a fail. They should have just make it a security roll up and leave out the other BS.
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  38. zomby

    zomby Limp Gawd

    Oct 11, 2006
    does it automatically warns you about the update, cause my win10 laptop hasn't told me too, unless I do it manually? I hope it solves a lot of issues, cause Im tired of the lag issues/touch screen issues, slow is also very very slow to update their drivers...
  39. daglesj

    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

    May 7, 2005
    Zero issues so far. I often wonder at the state of the PCs that are supposedly having the issues.

    The reality is most users have very little tech sympathy and know jack about properly configuring a PC.
  40. ep0x73

    ep0x73 2[H]4U

    Sep 5, 2013
    Installed on one machine and no issues, not installing on my other machine just yet until I read more info or there is some update or hotfix just case.