Windows 10 upgrade to version 1607 – December 15

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What is happening: Windows 10 provides a new management model for upgrades of the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft identifies the current branch of Windows 10 with a version number, and our current supported version is 1607. All older branches of Windows 10 will be upgraded to version 1607 to comply with campus standards.

When is this happening: Thursday, December 15 at 11:00 p.m.

What is the impact: This upgrade will only affect IST managed computers with Windows 10. Your system will reboot as part of the upgrade process.

What you need to do: Make sure you have saved any documents and logged out of your system, leaving your computer powered on. For laptop users, please make sure it is docked, powered on and the wireless connection has been disabled.

Important note:

  • If your computer is turned off, the update will happen immediately when you power it on; please be sure to leave your computer powered on.
  • If your computer is a laptop, the upgrade will happen as soon as it is next powered on, so be sure to make sure it is docked and the wireless disabled.

After the upgrade: Your first login will be slower than normal with a message that Windows 10 is installing apps. Some settings may revert to default values since Microsoft has changed some components. Some systems may return an error on the first login attempt. “The Group Policy Client service failed to sign in.  The universal unique identified (UUID) type is not supported.” Simply reboot your system and login again.

This upgrade does change the location of some items.  For example the “Start” menu no longer displays your account name at the top of the menu, and the logout option is now near the Power Icon. 

Additional information about the changes in Windows 10 version 1607: https://www.vmware.com/products/fusion.html

For specific questions about the Windows upgrade process: Please contact Stephen Markan, smarkan@uwaterloo.ca

General questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357.

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