How do I know if my computer has the Anniversary Update installed?
Q: How do I know if my computer has the Anniversary Update installed?
Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, a large release of updates and fixes that substantially changes Windows 10, began arriving on computers in early August, 2016.
However, Microsoft says the update could take up to three months to arrive on your PC. So, how can you tell if your computer already has the Anniversary Update?
It’s actually pretty easy to tell with a quick look at the Start menu.
First, click the Start button and look along the Start menu’s left edge. Once installed, the Anniversary update changes that portion of the Start menu in several ways:
Before: The words All Apps appear directly above the Start button. After: The Anniversary Update removes the All Apps button and places the Power icon above the Start button.
Before: Your user account picture lives in the Start menu’s upper, left corner. After: The Anniversary Update moves your picture down a few inches to its new position just above the File Explorer icon.
Before: The File Explorer, Settings, and Power icons all had labels. After: The Anniversary Update removes the icons’ labels. (To see the labels, click the three little lines in the Start menu’s upper, left corner.)
Before: The Start menu lists only your Most Used apps; to see the others, you must click the All Apps icon. After: The Anniversary Update places your app’s names in a long, scrollable column.
You can also tell if the Anniversary Update has arrived on your computer by following these two steps:
- Hold down the Windows key and press the letter R. (When you press Win+R, a window appears with a box called Run.)
- Type winver into the Run box, and press the Enter key.
The About Windows box will appear. If you see the term “Version 1607” below the words Microsoft Windows, then you’re running the Anniversary Update.