What’s new for IT pros in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update


Today’s release of Windows 10, version 1607—also referred to as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update—continues our commitment to productivity, security, and privacy for all customers. First, there is the introduction of Windows Ink (which lets you quickly and easily take notes, sketch on a screenshot or draw out an idea), new Cortana capabilities (such as lock screen availability and cross-device notifications), and increased power saving with Microsoft Edge. Then, there are security improvements for individuals (such as Windows Hello for apps and websites, and the ability to schedule automatic quick scans with Windows Defender) as well as enterprises (such as Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection), To learn more about these and other improvements, see What’s new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and the Windows Experience Blog.

What’s new for IT professionals?

Windows 10, version 1607 also offers a variety of new features and functionality for IT pros, such as:

For more details, see What’s new in Windows 10, version 1607.

In addition, with Windows 10, version 1607, we are introducing two editions designed for the unique needs of K-12 institutions: Windows 10 Pro Education and Windows 10 Education. These editions provide education-specific default settings for the evolving landscape in K-12 education IT environments. For step-by-step guides to help you deploy Windows 10 to devices in an education environment, see Windows deployment for education.

Today’s release of Windows 10, version 1607 is initially considered the Current Branch (CB) and will become Current Branch for Business (CBB) in about four months from today. For a list of Windows 10 versions by servicing option, see Windows 10 release information. For more information about these servicing options, see Windows 10 servicing options for updates and upgrades. Windows 10, version 1607 is our third Windows 10 feature update released. Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, this will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017.

How, and when, can I obtain Windows 10, version 1607?

  • Windows 10, version 1607 is available for download today from the Volume Licensing Service Center (for Volume License customers) and from the MSDN Subscriptions Center (for Visual Studio/MSDN subscribers).
  • If you have already deployed Windows 10, you can get the Windows 10, version 1607 update today from Windows Update or Windows Update for Business.
  • If you have already deployed Windows 10 and use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and/or System Center Configuration Manager servicing plans, you can get the Windows 10, version 1607 update on August 16th.
  • If you haven’t yet deployed Windows 10 in your organization, you can download the latest Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation to test Windows 10, version 1607 free for 90 days.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) 2016 media will be available beginning October 1st.

We have also updated the Windows Assessment and Development Kit (Windows ADK). To download the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1607, visit the Hardware Dev Center.

We hope you enjoy the improvements we’ve made in this latest update, many of which are the direct result of the feedback we’ve received from early adopters and users around the world. To provide your feedback on how we can improve the features and functionality of Windows moving forward, and to get access to early preview builds, join the Windows Insider Program.

To find the latest tools, tips, and step-by-step guides to help streamline your Windows 10 deployment, bookmark the Windows 10 TechCenter sign up for the Windows IT Pro Insider newsletter and follow us on Twitter.

Comments (23)

  1. NeighborGeek says:

    It looks like some of these new features use new group policy settings. Any idea when the download page for the .admx files will be updated?

    1. The updated GPO spreadsheet is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250. We are working on publishing an updated ADMX file download package in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can copy the templates from the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder of a Windows 10 1607 client PC.

  2. agressiv says:

    Will there be a patch for 1511 -> 1607? I was hoping not to have to do a full OS upgrade again.

    1. The feature update can be installed using Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, and WSUS like a patch, or using media. In all cases, it performs an in-place upgrade behind the scenes.

      1. agressiv says:

        This is exactly what we were hoping to avoid. We don’t want to download 3.0gb and perform a 2+ hour upgrade. It breaks a lot of stuff and needs post-installation sequences to fix, which is why I’m hoping there would be just a patch like 8.1 U1 was. We were told that 1511 was the only time the “upgrade” would be necessary. Is this set in stone?

  3. Franz Schenk says:

    – What will be the update classification in WSUS of the Windows 10, version 1607 update?
    – What do we have to do to be sure that the Windows 10, version 1607 update will NOT be distributed from our WSUS Server to any Windows 10 client?

    1. The update classification for feature updates is “Upgrades”. If you don’t approve the feature update in WSUS (either manually or using an auto-approval rule), it won’t be distributed from WSUS to any Windows 10 clients.

  4. Ed Willson says:

    “If you have already deployed Windows 10 and use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and/or System Center Configuration Manager servicing plans, you can get the Windows 10, version 1607 update on August 16th.”

    Does this apply to LTSB as well?

    1. No, new versions of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB are not published to Windows Update or WSUS, so you have to use media (ISO files will be available on VLSC on October 1st).

  5. MoltenTesseract says:

    Does that mean that APP-V and UE-V are available to everyone, not just for SA customers?

  6. I would appreciate it if you would clarify “The ability to connect to a remote PC that is joined to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).” Does this feature allow REMOTE users (i.e. in a hotel) NOT on a VPN to be accessed via RDP as long as both machines are on 1607 and using Azure AD?

    I read: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/manage/connect-to-remote-aadj-pc?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396 but it does not clearly state if the remote user can be completely off the corporate network (i.e. in a hotel) or not.

    Thanks.

    1. This feature lets you RDP in from one Windows 10, v1607 PC to another Windows 10, v1607 PC that is AAD Joined, using your AAD credentials. They’d need to be network contactable, there isn’t any sort of tunneling etc going on here.

  7. Sebastian Schaefer says:

    I can download LTSB 2016 on the MSDN site but it seems that it doesn’t get activated with the 1511er KMS Key?
    Is there a new license required for LTSB 2016?
    In the VLSC I can’t see anything new, there is still LTSB 2015 available.

    1. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016 does require a new KMS activation key, as well as hotfixes for existing KMS servers so that they can accept the new keys. The hotfix is available for 2012 R2, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3172614, and the keys will be available with the media on October 1st.

      1. Sebastian Schaefer says:

        So I need an active contract to get the new key on October 1st, ok. This is very confusing.
        I can update the “real” Win10 Enterprise Edition to 1607 and my old KMS Key is working. I can use LTSB 2015 with my old key. But I can’t use LTSB2016 with the old key.

  8. Mansour Shoari says:

    Hello – If I install Windows 10 version 1607 (free for 90 days) on my machine, can I (after 90 days) activate the OS with volume licence product key and use the machine in production environment indefinitely? Thank you!

    1. If you install Windows 10 Enterprise Eval, no, it can’t be turned into a non-eval installation. It would need to be reinstalled.

      If you install using volume license media (from VLSC, MSDN, etc.) you could install without a product key and activate it later, but you would see a watermark and black background indicating that it hasn’t yet been activated.

      1. Mansour Shoari says:

        Great. Thank you for clarifying.

        1. Mansour Shoari says:

          Sorry – one more question, Michael. I have a machine with version 1511 (Build 10586.545) of Windows 10 Enterprise Edition and activated with volume licence product key . Now, I am trying to upgrade it to 1607. When I run windows 10 update assistant and select upgrade it says:
          CPU:OK
          MEMORY:OK
          DISK SPACE:OK
          ! OPERATING SYSTEM: CONTACT YOUR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR TO UPGRADE WINDOWS SERVER OR ENTERPRISE EDITIONS.

          What should I require from system administrator of the company to upgrade this production machine to version 1607. Many thanks!

  9. Fred says:

    It appears that the feature update to Windows 10, version 1607 deletes certain firewall settings that were established prior to the update install. Specifically, firewall rules / remote address scope where subnets have been added. Only Local Subnet remains.
    This requires reconfiguring the firewall.
    Can this be prevented?
    Is it intentional?

    1. could you please put this feedback on the upgrade into the Feedback Hub tool.

  10. Mansour Shoari says:

    I have a machine with version 1511 (Build 10586.545) of Windows 10 Enterprise Edition and activated with volume licence product key. Now, I am trying to upgrade it to build 1607. When I run windows 10 update assistant and select upgrade, it says:
    CPU:OK
    MEMORY:OK
    DISK SPACE:OK
    ! OPERATING SYSTEM: CONTACT YOUR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR TO UPGRADE WINDOWS SERVER OR ENTERPRISE EDITIONS.
    What should I require from system administrator of the company to upgrade this production machine to version 1607. Does this need a full media (build 1607)? Apologies for my ignorance… if so, wouldn’t using that overwrite the previous build of OS with all programs installed. Thank you!

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