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Windows 10’s worst enemy is Windows Update

25 mayo, 2021

Last weekend Microsoft decided to withdraw the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and pause the progressive release of the update on all computers. This decision was made after several reports of users whose files were being deleted after installing the latest system version. We do not yet know when delivery of the update will resume.

This is not the first time that a major update of Windows 10 has come with some isolated problems, in fact, the April 2018 one happened to erase desktops, cause more bugs with patches to fix bugs, prevent installation on certain SSDs, or even block computers for using Cortana and Chrome. And no, Windows 10 is not a terrible operating system despite those stories, it is rather that it has a terrible update system.


What do you do Windows Update?

Windows Update is so inefficient that one of the most recent Microsoft warnings has to do with preventing the user when updating if they do not have enough disk space, since Windows Update it is unable to automatically check if there is space to download and install the files of a new version.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update, analysis: when you start to question the value of an update

So if you have a computer with little free storage space, or already with a small disk, Windows 10 updates may fail on your computer. But not happy with this it still fills the disk with the files it downloads and cannot install, because updates cannot be disabled or delayed for a long time.

Update policies

Windows Update Disaster

With Windows 10 Microsoft decided that all system updates should be mandatory. This is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time, and the reason is simple: Windows 10 does not distinguish between security updates and new features.

That security updates are mandatory and are downloaded and installed without even asking the user beyond notifying of a restart, is something that has more positives than negatives, in exchange for a minor annoyance from time to time you have a patched and protected system most of the time.

Now, let this apply in the same way for feature updates exactly like the ones we receive twice a year, ones that have a pretty disastrous track record, have more negatives than positives.

Windows 10 needs to start separating security updates from feature updates

If you use Windows 10 Home, the most common version among low and mid-range personal computers, there is no option to disable or pause automatic updates. This means that there is no way to avoid (without tricks and tricks) that Windows download updates and install them, no matter that you have no disk space or that the update has problems with your computer.

If Windows has crashed, try this keyboard shortcut before giving up hope and restarting

If you’re using Windows 10 Pro, you can delay updates, but only for a limited time. At least the option exists, and the user can do this (manually) if they prefer to wait for the latest version to be in a more stable state.

And at the end of the day, if the user decides to pause or disable updates entirely just to avoid the hassles of an April or October update, they end up doing the same with their security updates. One problem ends up creating another.

We are going to solve it with artificial intelligence

Windows 10 Update

Apparently what I mention above does not make enough logic for Microsoft to be applied. Those of Redmond have preferred to opt for train artificial intelligence to improve the way we receive Windows 10 updates.

In fact, to ship the April 2018 update, a Microsoft AI selected the teams that would have the best experience to deliver the update first. That’s why not everyone gets the latest version of Windows 10 at the same time..

Even if only 0.1% of Windows 10 users have trouble updating, that number represents some 700,000 installations.

An AI will also be responsible for changing the Windows 10 restart logic when installing updates. The predictive model is designed to even guess if the user got up from the computer for a cup of coffee and will return soon to do so. avoid restarting at worst time.

And this all sounds great, but in the meantime, why doesn’t it seem possible to release more stable updates? Even if only 1% of all Windows 10 users have problems with their computer, this represents at least 7 million installations.

Windows 10 is currently, according to Microsoft, in more than 700 million devicesThis means that the slightest margin of error affects many, many people. People who are going to be upset with Windows.