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Comments by -- Bob
Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Finally
ready for prime time
I just applied the Anniversary
Update to my laptop and my tablet. The laptop had very few issues.
(My newer NUC build got the AU installed along with the OS.)
The tablet is my ASUS
Transformer Book, which is a WIMBoot design. The update was
performed via Microsoft Updates, not the Update Assisatant which I
used on the laptop.
In a WIMBoot device, the
installer downloads, then goes through a three-phase process.
First the EFI Boot firmware is rewritten,
which resulted in the proprietary ASUS-Intel SOC firmware being
overwritten. (This did cause numerous device issues, so I had to
reinstall the SOC Firmware from an ASUS download.) Drivers are
also overwritten throughout the installation process, and may have
to be updated from the manufacturer, which I also did. All the
previously working Windows 10 drivers from ASUS still worked with
the AU installed.
The second phase is updating
the Base WIM, from which the tablet boots. (It runs full Windows,
not a compressed WIM, when running.) This phase also overwrites
the Recovery WIM.
Finally, the installer goes
into the familiar upgrade process for the full Windows
installation. Which takes a long time and does several restarts.
Both the laptop and the tablet
took about two hours to go through the whole download to finished
installation process, with a few reboots in between. Otherwise,
the process would be totally unattended, but my laptop does a
dual-boot, and both devices have a Macrium Reflect Recovery Boot
Option, so I had to manually click on the OS menu item to restart
the Windows Installer.
So it took basically a whole
weekend, but both devices are now on the Anniversary Update. Once
up to the 1607 version, there were additonal MS Updates to install
or reinstall through the normal updates mechanism. I also had to
reinstall the DriverMax utility, due to a Reserved Memory
Once the SOC Firmware was
reinstalled, there were no further driver issues, but I did
reinstall some of the ASUS Win 10 Drivers (Sound, Keyboard Hotkeys
and WiFi but not Bluetooth, as the Microsoft driver and recent
patches are more recent and work better on the tablet.
WiDi-Miracast still works just fine, so no need to reconfigure for
my Screen Beam receivers.).
One Last Thing:
Microsoft to patch Windows
security flaw under attack next weekend