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Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings freezing issues to some PCs

by Killian Bell | August 8, 2016August 8, 2016 5:43 am PST

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Some Windows 10 users are reporting a random freezing issue after installing Microsoft’s new Anniversary Update. The bug sometimes causes elements of the operating system to crash — or even the whole system.

According to a Reddit thread where users are reporting their experience with this issue, some say the freezing only affects things like the task bar, notification center, or Start menu. Others say that it kills their entire desktop, forcing them to restart.

“After logging in everything works for like 20secs,” reports the user who started the thread. “After that if I only mouse over the Start area, taskbar, the black part simply, it freezes and I get a message that Microsoft Windows is not responding.”

There are a whole bunch of suggested workarounds and temporary fixes, but it seems like none of them completely eliminate this issue. Those who are affected will likely have to wait for Microsoft to rollout a software update that fixes it.

The good news is, Microsoft has acknowledged the problem, so that should happen sooner rather than later. In the meantime, you can try using the Media Creation Tool to reinstall Windows 10, or you can rollback to a previous version of the OS.

The Anniversary Update is certainly worth installing, with big improvements to features like Cortana and Microsoft Edge. However, it might be best to wait until the early teething problems are ironed out before installing it — if you haven’t already.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...