Microsoft Thaws Windows 10 Anniversary Update Login Freeze

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Microsoft has fixed a login issue that was freezing users out of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

As reported by PCWorld, Redmond on Wednesday announced the patch, available via an upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10.

First discovered in early August, the login hitch, according to a Microsoft forum post, occurred when "a small fraction of users" had moved app information to a second drive.

"The Windows Update released on Aug. 31 for Windows 10 includes a fix for this issue," the forum moderator wrote this week. "This update is automatically applied when installing the Anniversary Update."

Those folks who uninstalled Windows 10 or the Anniversary Update can re-install the OS now; anyone who is still running the Anniversary Update and continues to experience an issue should follow the steps Redmond laid out in the forum.

Microsoft's latest major Windows 10 update arrived in early August, promising a number of new features and improvements for consumers and enterprises: Windows Ink, Cortana enhancements, a "more power-efficient" Edge browser, security upgrades, new gaming experiences, and more.

Login freezing, meanwhile, is just one of the issues plaguing the enhanced OS.

In mid-August, reports surfaced that the update rendered some users' webcams inoperable; about a week later, Amazon Kindle owners said their PCs were crashing when they plugged the e-reader into their computer via USB.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

As of Aug. 2, Windows 10 was running on more than 350 million devices, nearly one year after its release. Users have collectively logged more than 135 billion hours on Windows 10 to date.

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