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Windows 10 users plagued with more bugs after anniversary update

Microsoft recently released the first Windows 10 anniversary update and it included switching to a darker theme, logging into apps with your face, control of Cortana and the music app on locked screens, sending directions to your phone, and many others.

Though the update may have brought cool new features, it seems that’s not all it brought. With it came serious issues that have quite bluntly pissed off many of its users.

Useless webcams

The Anniversary Update dropped support for USB connected webcams that use MJPEG or H.264 encoded streams. Now, only YUY2 is compatible. The update was intended as a performance update and permission to access user webcams, allowing apps such as Windows Hello to be able to access the webcams even when other apps are using it. Microsoft failed to consider that millions of its users, even enterprise clients, use older webcams, so this update has affected their operations.

Reinstalling deleted bundled apps

Windows 10 came with its own apps, but some users have opted to delete them to free up space and make room for apps that they would use. After the anniversary update, some users have noticed that the bundled apps they deleted were reinstalled. This might be an oversight for Microsoft, or another way of pushing its own products so users will use them, instead of looking for third-party apps. It's not a huge deal, but users would have to delete these apps again if they wish to--which instead is a minor inconvenience and annoyance.

Freezing OS

One of the first issues encountered by early updaters was the issue of updated devices freezing. According to Microsoft, some users experience freezing after the update for devices with the operating system stored on a solid-state drive (SSD) and apps and data stored on a separate drive. Microsoft suggests using Safe Mode as a temporary fix.

If you don’t want to be one of the victims of the Anniversary Update, you might want to consider blocking the update by downloading Microsoft's Wushowhide tool. This will allow users to hide updates as well as prevent Microsoft from automatically updating your device. At least until the bugs and other concerns are taken care of, that's your best approach.

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