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Microsoft has released the much-anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The Anniversary Update is now available for download or upgrade through all official channels. Here’s how to download Anniversary Update of Windows 10 using the various official mediums available.

The Anniversary Update of Windows 10 is also known as the Redstone 1 (or RS1, or Windows 10.2, or Windows 10 Version 1607) as it comes from the RS1 development branch. The official build number of Windows 10 Anniversary Update is 10.0.14393. Threshold 2 version was 1511 coinciding with the month and year it was released on. Similarly Redstone 1 version is 1607.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is releasing today, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 to users. Anniversary Update is the second major update to Windows 10 after Threshold 2 (November Update). Windows 10 Anniversary Update promises tons of new features, performance improvements, etc. Here’s everything you need to know about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update before you install the update.

When Windows 10 was first released, Microsoft made it available as free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. At first, users only had the option to upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system to Windows 10. With the release of Windows 10 Threshold 2 (Build 1511), Microsoft changed this cumbersome upgrade process. Threshold 2 allowed users use their existing genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key to clean install and activate Windows 10. But all this is going to change with the expiration of the Windows 10 Free Upgrade offer program on July 29, 2016.

Let’s see one by one, what to expect once the free upgrade offer expires. What are your options available? Will you be able to activate Windows 10 using Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key after July 29, 2016? How can you reinstall Windows 10 and activate it?

Microsoft bundles Windows Defender as the default antivirus in Windows 10 to provide basic security against common threats like virus, spyware, trojan and other malware. Since, Windows Defender is deeply integrated with the operating system, the virus definition updates are delivered via Windows Update. So, if you have made changes to Windows Update settings it is possible Windows Defender is not getting automatic updates regularly. You will learn how to manually update Windows Defender if your PC is online and you have disabled Windows Update. If your PC is offline, you will learn how to get Windows Defender offline update in Windows 10.

Microsoft has released a new cumulative update (KB3140743) for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. The latest cumulative update includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements for both the Windows OS editions. This update will replace the previously released update KB3140742. Along with the cumulative update, Microsoft also released Servicing stack update (KB3139907) for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. KB3139907 makes stability improvements for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 servicing stack.

GWX Control Panel is one of the most popular app among Windows users to fight against Microsoft’s aggressive Windows 10 upgrade campaign. GWX Control Panel helps Windows 7, Windows 8.1 users prevent their PCs from being automatically upgraded to Windows 10. The program received an update today with additional new options. According to its developer, the new update makes the app much more effective and protects its users against any accidental Windows 10 upgrade.

Microsoft has released the first major update for Windows 10, Threshold 2. The latest update brings a lot of performance improvement and feature improvements. Notably, both Microsoft Edge and Cortana got overhauled majorly in Windows 10 Threshold 2. You can find if you already have Windows 10 Threshold 2 installed by looking at the build number in System window. Threshold 2 is identified as Windows 10 build 10586 version 1511. You can easily dissect the build version number. 15 represents the year and 11 the month when Microsoft rolled out the update. Existing Windows 10 users will receive Threshold 2 via Windows Update.

Windows 10 is no doubt one of the most successful operating system launch in the history of Microsoft. Thanks to the big PR campaigns, Windows Insider Program, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer, and letting users upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 directly through Windows Update. But not everyone wants to upgrade to Windows 10. To let users upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update, Microsoft installed few updates on existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers. Mostly these updates were delivered without asking the users. After the updates are installed a user is asked to register for Windows 10 free upgrade.

In reality, users can get the free upgrade without registering for it. Now, if you are one who is constantly getting nagged to update to Windows 10, here is something that you may like. No, I will not ask you to mess with the registry or do tasks that may be hard for you to understand. Here is a portable freeware app known as GWX Control Panel (formerly known as GWX Stopper) to do the task for you.

Microsoft has released three new patches for its flagship Windows 10 operating system. Most Windows 10 installations may already have the updates installed. As Microsoft has changed the way Windows 10 installs updates so most users may not be even aware about them. But that is not why these new updates are in the news. The real issue is Microsoft did not show much information about the updates. May be not a big deal for users who do not check the details before updating. System administrators and users who like to know what updates are getting into their computer systems are not happy with this new approach of Microsoft.