@Alphaheat in my post #6 I was just trying to ensure creating a system image backup with it's appropriate rescue media. I would like to add the following: once you create a system image backup and it's rescue media, test it out to ensure it works. Then have a schedule that suits you to keep them up either automatically or manually: as a simple computer user I do mine manually on a monthly basis.
I ended up doing a clean install of Windows 10 so its like starting on a fresh slate.
From now on, I'll do monthly system image back ups. It should save me the trouble if something goes wrong again.
Now I just need to find a really good program that does it. Many people have said 3rd party programs are better and more reliable. A few people above me suggested some so I'll check those out.
When you do your clean install, I would make a system image backup of the clean install immediately after Windows 10 is started, again when you have updated the drivers and again when you have installed your programs. That way you have some 'clean' backups to use in the event of serious problems.
Unfortunately, I ran into some problems with the menu not opening and not being able to search for programs. Really frustrating because this happened right after a clean install....
I'm making a new topic to address this.
On third party programs I am a fan of Macrium Reflect which has already been mentioned. The reason third party programs are better is because they have more capabilities but I have nothing against the built-in system image backups as none of them have failed on me either. I have volunteered for quite a few years at a couple of non-profit organizations and my usual advice is: select a backup program but test it once it's completed. I've literally seen tears in people's eyes when they lost their data because they don't want to bother backing up their system, especially their data. I carry a portable external hard drive and show them how easy it is to encourage them to purchase an external hard drive and maintain a scheduled backup but most of the time it doesn't matter to them. I could go on and on but I think you know what I mean.
When you first installed Windows, did your start menu open? And could you search then?
Solved Anniversary Update: Search not working properly - Windows 10 Forums
It's often worth searching before posting.
I searched the forum for
anniversary upgrade cannot search
You could see if anything already solved helps you.
I did a fresh install of Windows 10 and afterwards, I updated Windows to the Anniversary Update and that seems to solve the my problems.
So far I haven't had any problems with the Anniversary Update so I would call this a success in my book.
I appreciate the help from you all.
Good to hear that.. hope it continues!