I think the problem is that some older models are still on the shelves. That's why it's hard to tell. The Acer I bought new last week was built a year ago and didn't have the Anniversary Update. That's where I ran into trouble. It arrived without it. What gets me is that, as soon as I cranked it up and got on the net, the Anniversary Update presented itself. It took 20 hours to download along with a Feature Update. Then the install stalled at 23% for about 3 hours, Finally came the announcement that the install failed and would I like to try again? I clicked on re-try and watched for another 16 hours while it said it was searching for updates but never found anything before I put it out of its misery, boxed it up and dropped it off at a UPS location just this afternoon.
I want to buy one, charge it up, go online, go through Windows Update, and get on with my life without having to be a technician, in the same sense that I want to be able to drive a car without having to be a mechanic. I shouldn't have to come to a Bleeping Computer forum straight out of the box because I've got issues on Day 1.
I feel sorry for the consumer who wants a computer but knows even less about it than I. I only know what I know through making a litany of mistakes and having to find a way out by coming here. I guess the Anniversary Update came out in November so it will be a while before the shelves are cleared and they start coming through pre-installed. I'd just like to know when that will be. Thanks for your input.