Windows 10: Anniversary Update – How it works

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Originally, the company planned though to distribute innovations in the form of several mini-updates. This approach seems however: Perhaps considered the marketing department there for media effectively, though a chunk of improvements in the form of larger update packages reaches numerous user PCs. More often than for Windows 7 and 8 are those updates – as the youngest Anniversary Update – evidently yet. The Anniversary Update polished the Start menu: The shutdown proceeds without on / off button – click a mini-icon and then choose the appropriate option. It abolishes the classic taskbar properties.

Reverse The Upgrade

When installing the Anniversary Update (Version 1607), it behaves similarly to the November 2015 Update (Version 1511): When updating via system update routine upgrade takes place. This means get all done by you as adjustments remain software installations. And your old Windows ends up in the folder windows.old. The setup routine creates it anew on the system partition – usually preceded by the letter C. The list includes your previous Windows and all other files and consumes as much space as this complex once. Please take distance from deleting the folder after installation due to extensive memory usage via Disk Cleanup or CCleaner! Although windows.old may seem useless, this folder is essential for a comfortable return to Windows 10 without Anniversary embedding: is a restore function in the Settings app only when its existence prepared. The works within ten days after the upgrade.

Check windows.old folder

Anyone who has received the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and want to return to the pre-Windows, the folder needs windows.old. If neither the user nor an optimization software carried away it, it should exist. Check its existence – it is a prerequisite for the targeted system return. The works in any event within ten days of the Anniversary update installation.

To check, open the file manager via Windows-E. Navigate in the left tree view to this PC and double-click on the system partition, probably preceded by the letter C. Jump into the eye should you now windows.old entry. If it is missing, for reconstructing an Anniversary Update loose Win10 system remains only to reinstall via older setup media (DVD / USB stick).



If the folder windows.old no longer exists (or via due to a Win10-reinstall my Media Creation Tool freshly loaded ISO image never existed), you do not come readily back to an Anniversary package-less Windows 10th It is possible to return if you invest more effort: Install Windows 10 again. It is necessary to install DVD earlier date – or an appropriate senior stick. This “Clean Install” accompanied however is a data loss generally. Den you avoid when you initiate a parallel installation after booting from the installation media. The older Windows 10 version would be set up in a so-called dual-boot environment. This works by optionally with Create new in the configuration dialog to boot from DVD / USB stick a fresh partition (automatically primary type and NTFS), select the new disk area and continue setting it. Two Windows 10 systems arise in practice but usually little sense: If you have created a backup, you could install the old Windows 10 after formatting and / or deleting the partition of the new system on the disk area.

The most convenient starting point, owners have a ready-made PCs or pre-stocked with Windows notebook: In most cases, it takes a recovery partition. With their help, you ask an older Windows 7, 8 (.1) or 10 restores. The prerequisite is that you have the underlying, often hidden hard disk space does not delete the recovery data. Usually it is formatted in FAT32, possibly could in addition to deletion converting command line exclude a restore to NTFS. To take selbiges in attack, restart your device and press during the boot process that button showing the monitor for the reconstruction process. In Medion devices is the F11 key. Ask a notebook sure it via power cables energy fuels, otherwise the recovery may break at the beginning. They usually follow a wizard. All data will be deleted in the following. Sometimes provides the recovery routine to but to secure certain user data yet. The select in the wizard. Technically copies the recovery function the content of the visible deposited image install.wim back. Something similar handle the way Windows setup DVDs, strictly speaking, unpack this image (or its variant castrated with a download-Windows, install.esd) the “Install” of Win7 or 8 only to disk / SSD.

Not to go unmentioned the option to restore the operating system of choice by means of non-WIM image: If you have created such a complete image of the disk in section, play it back via Recovery Media. Such is usually based on Linux, rare on a stripped-down Windows PE. The application of full system backups serve as Acronis True Image 2016 or O & O DiskImage Professional Edition.

Note: Since Windows 10 updates are mandatory. In the Home Edition users have no choice if the update search encounters updates, it makes it a no ifs and buts. Owner of functionally expanded Pro version at least have the possibility via Settings app applying patches, the safety-critical are not (Example Anniversary Update), to delay. In the long run you hardly get around the Anniversary Update. If you operate your device without an Internet connection in pure offline mode, but perhaps – but this type of use is the exception.

Use a completely  different operating system

Upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1, found in the Settings app of the system a switch in order to reconstruct the pre-Windows. The downgrade routine pulls the required content from the mentioned windows.old collection basin. Whoever Windows 10 would turn his back, whether on Anniversary update status or not, alternatively performs a clean installation of Windows Vista / 7/8 (.1). This is the cleaner procedure and it is essential if the downgrade fails due to lack windows.old or other technical complications. The Anniversary Update Also banish from the computer by play is a product of the competing OS warehouse: How about, for example, with Linux Ubuntu? The learning curve for the latter has been drastically reduced in recent years for the benefit of newcomers. Mac OS X aufzuspielen, on the other hand fails: Without dubious hacker tricks you can not get it up and running. Often missing drivers represent a hurdle and future OS X updates could the Apple system theoretically at any time block occurs after a successful installation. One drives better to shift to Windows 7 / 8.x or a Linux distribution.

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