Windows 10: Best Method For Installing the Anniversary Update?

  1.    08 Dec 2016 #1

    Best Method For Installing the Anniversary Update?

    I've finally decided to install the Anniversary Update on my desktop PC after being wary of the missing drives / RAW format problems reported on this forum - although I've seen no recent reports of problems.

    What's the best update method - just let Windows automatically update or install from an ISO file? If the latter method , is it basically just like doing a repair install where you re-install Windows again? How up to date is the current ISO and will there be many updates after installing using this method?

    I've already done a full Macrium Reflect backup so prepare for problems!
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  2.    08 Dec 2016 #2

    I like to download the ISO file, mount it, then run setup.exe from the mounted ISO file. This way I can make a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive from the saved ISO file later, and I get a much faster upgrade because it is still coming from my SSD. The ISO file from Microsoft is 14393.0. After installation it will pull the cumulative update to 14393.447 and a couple other small updates.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 08 Dec 2016 at 13:30.
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  3.    08 Dec 2016 #3

    I use Media Creation Tool to fetch the ISO and then send to USB stick. Then just do a regular clean install.
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       08 Dec 2016 #4

    ...After installation it will pull the cumulative update to 14393.448...
    ...that's 14393.447 on the PC build - 14393.448 on the Mobile build.

    Oh, and its the USB made by the Media Creation Tool that I like to use.
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  5.    09 Dec 2016 #5


    swarfega said: View Post
    I use Media Creation Tool to fetch the ISO and then send to USB stick. Then just do a regular clean install.
    I'd much prefer to download the ISO file containing a install.wim as this is useful in case you need to point dism to a source when the store is corrupted.

    Furthermore, AU being a major upgrade edition I prefer performing a clean install in this case.
    After that's done, there are maybe four or five updates that WU will pull in to this date.

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  6.    09 Dec 2016 #6

    Thanks for your help. I just downloaded the file Win10_1607_EnglishInternational_x64.iso for my UK English (GB) installation. This file has the following details:

    Details for image : g:\sources\install.wim

    Index : 1
    Name : Windows 10 Pro
    Description : Windows 10 Pro
    Size : 14,440,586,483 bytes
    WIM Bootable : No
    Architecture : x64
    Hal : <undefined>
    Version : 10.0.14393
    ServicePack Build : 0
    ServicePack Level : 0
    Edition : Professional
    Installation : Client
    ProductType : WinNT
    ProductSuite : Terminal Server
    System Root : WINDOWS
    Directories : 19112
    Files : 103893
    Created : 16/07/2016 - 23:09:37
    Modified : 16/07/2016 - 23:10:13
    Languages :
    en-GB (Default)

    I assume to upgrade to the AU I just mount the ISO file, run setup.exe then choose to keep all settings - is that correct?

    I note the advantages of a clean install but it's a lot of work to plough through reinstalling everything. I'll just try the upgrade first.
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  7.    09 Dec 2016 #7


    I assume to upgrade to the AU I just mount the ISO file, run setup.exe then choose to keep all settings - is that correct.
    I think it will also offer a choice in what to keep but basically, yes, your good to go.

    Direct download site:

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  8.    10 Dec 2016 #8

    Thanks to all for your help. The AU upgrade was fine and there is no problem with the drives (there has been a possible problem with missing drives / RAW format).

    However, I do have a problem with OneDrive which I can't configure in my main user account. - see OneDrive Problem After Anniversary Upgrade
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