Update: Microsoft has confirmed the existence of a single major issue in a blog post. It reads: "Microsoft has received a small number of reports of Windows 10 freezing after installing the Anniversary Update on systems with the operating system stored on a solid-state drive (SSD) and apps and data stored on a separate drive. This issue does not occur when starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode. If you are experiencing this issue, we will be providing updates to this thread... We ask for your patience while we continue our investigation and please check back on this thread for an update."
The thread in question can be found here.
While we welcome the admission, the findings don't really make a lot of sense as our setup doesn't use a separate drive.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will automatically download and install when it becomes available for your device but, whether Microsoft admits it or not, the update is awash with problems.
It's not just a particularly vocal contingent expressing their frustration, as forums, social media, tech publications and text messages from elderly parents all tell of similar stories. Two test machines here at V3 and the INQUIRER have also fallen foul.
We suffered inexplicable freezes on one PC. The Anniversary Update doesn't discriminate, so whether we were using an app, or simply navigating the OS, we'd suddenly have a problem that lasted several minutes before seemingly improving.
We've detailed some of the most popular suggested fixes over the following pages.
If you're one of the lucky ones and the Anniversary Update hasn't come down the pipe yet, you can keep it that way be deferring Windows updates.
Head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Defer Upgrades.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago