Windows 10 Anniversary Update may not download on every PC until November

Some PCs may have to wait until November to install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and here's the reason.

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The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 has been available since August 2nd, but if your device hasn’t received the update, you may have to wait until sometime in November.

According to a new report from Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, it may take up to three months for Microsoft to complete the rollout of the Anniversary Update.

The information comes from a Microsoft email to customers (see below) that Mary was able to obtain, which included a footnote detailing the rollout timeframe.

“The Anniversary Update will download and install via Windows Update. The download is automatically available to you. It will begin rolling out on 2 August 2016 and may take up to 3 months to reach all users. Internet access fees may apply.”

Rollout delay was expected

This news shouldn’t come as a surprise, Microsoft has said many times that major updates, such as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, will roll out to customers slowly. Usually, the software giant begins the roll out of a new update to Surface devices, followed by computers that originally came with Windows 10, and then everyone else.

The primary reason is because of problems during the rollout, and there have been many issues since the Anniversary Update became available. For example, many users reported freezing issues, webcams not working, settings not migrating correctly, blue screen of death using e-readers, and many other issues.

Now Microsoft seems to be slowing down the delivery of version 1607. It’s doing so to closely monitor and fix any issue before it reaches to more customers. This means that if your device hasn’t been updated there could be a good reason.

Of course, if you don’t want to wait until the update properly qualifies for your device, you can always force the Anniversary Update in a number of ways.

Did you get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? Is it working without issues? Tell us in the comments below.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].