Windows Updates ran last night. I'm now at build 14393.187 and version 1607. This, I've learned through much pain, is known as the "Anniversary Version."
This is what I found this morning:
- Windows Store is pinned to my taskbar (I ditched that back when I upgraded to Windows 10)
- Microsoft Edge is pinned to my taskbar (I had ditched that too)
- An icon in my system tray (at the right end of the taskbar) showed "PC Status: Protected," but when I clicked on it, it brought up Windows Defender, and displayed a button to turn Defender on. The problem is, I had already had Windows Defender on. Is Windows update really turning off the AV? Or was the offer of the button what was wrong? This one is serious. If I had left Windows Update running in my office over the weekend, would my AV have been off until Monday?
- My start menu has reverted to the default state. All my customization is gone
- The lock screen was turned back on
- When I try looking at update history, I find this from this morning: Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607. So far so good. Beneath it is today's date, and I can click on that. When I click on it, a small window comes up that says "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607 Install the Anniversary Version of Windows." Beneath that, it has a hyperlink for "more info." Great! But when I click on it, I get a page on the Microsoft site that says "this page does not exist." Nice.
I've found much discussion on the web about the vagaries of this "Anniversary Version" but interestingly, I haven't found anyone who says their start menu settings were gone. And everyone seems to be experiencing different problems.
Is the "Anniversary Version" a delivery of customized bugs?