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Microsoft blocks Windows 10 May 2019 update for PCs with USB storage or SD cards attached

By Humza ยท 33 replies
Apr 24, 2019
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,777   +3,906

    According to M$, their AI is solving problems at a rate no human is capable of right now, at this very moment. (Or so they're telling me constantly in their ad campaign on network TV). Maybe they should give their engineers a rest, and let AI fix these oft appearing glitches.

    Here;s the thing though, if we listen to your story, those issues should only be appearing in Windows 10, for the reasons you outlined.

    While the "issue du jour", is indeed with Windows 10, the last one was with an update which trashed Windows 7 machines, running after market AV solutions..
    You don't have to be much of a conspiracy theorist, to know that M$ wants Win 7 off the street, and Windows 10 in its place. If only for the simple reason that Windows 10, herds you to the M$ store. Accordingly, one has to wonder if the damage done to Win 7 installations with updates, isn't intentional, not employee complacency, nor a not so bright AI.

    Now M$ security Solutions and Windows Defender were little more than vapor ware in Win 7, but all of a sudden, they're rated at the top of the heap, as long as you're talking about Windows 10..
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019
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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,819   +2,173

    Interestingly, to me anyway, is that the one single PC on which I have had the most problems with Windohs 10 updates, including the time that it rebooted to a black screen with only a mouse cursor after repeatedly rebooting to see if it would come back, is the same PC where Windows 8.1 updates always went flawlessly.

    On that PC, I NEVER had a problem with 8.1 updates; in fact, I let the updates proceed automatically. From my experience, I cannot agree that in the aspect of updates, 10 is better. To me, its a giant step backward.

    I have more than one colleague at work who have had at least two instances of spending more than a day recovering from a failed 10 update.

    Honestly, the combative tone that you take with others will not get much mileage here. TS is not the only place where 10 users hang out. As I mentioned, a search reveals that there are significant numbers of people out there that have problems with Windohs 10 updates - https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+10+failed+update&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
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  3. makinamotze

    makinamotze TS Rookie

    Actually, it is not just "flash Drives." I assume it is all external USB hard drives as well. As I have libraries configured on these drives, I'm wondering what the situation would be doing the upgrade with them unplugged. Would I lose access to "My Pictures", Documents, Downloads, and music that I have on my Drive I, or would I just do the update with them unplugged, then plug them back and everything would be fine???
  4. Bullwinkle M

    Bullwinkle M TS Booster Posts: 124   +63


    I run Windows for Workstations (1809) from a $10 Samsung 32GB FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive

    WindowsToGo does not get "Full Upgrades" and only allows security updates

    "StopUpdates10" can even block security updates for as long as I like (forever in fact)

    Running StopUdates10 on a separate Windows 10 SSD until the new version is fully debugged solves the problem of buggy updates and drive reassignments

    Why anyone would have a single installation of Windows that can so easily be destroyed by monthly updates is simply mind boggling

    Most Windows problems can easily be fixed by simply booting to a clean copy of Windows when monthly updates as well as Upgrades so easily wreck your box

    Stick with what works until you have a working upgrade!
  5. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Addict Posts: 248   +93

    Yay!!! Finally a way to block those annoying weekly updates. Why don't they just give people back the option to disable auto updates? I would think that all they have to do is make the user check a disclaimer that MS is not responsible and that the user fully understands the consequences. Stop being so intrusive MS. Gonna plug in a USB flash drive to every computer I own now! Hope this will continue to work for all future updates.
  6. Bullwinkle M

    Bullwinkle M TS Booster Posts: 124   +63

  7. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 652   +247

    First, why would I care if people don't agree or disagree? Im not trying to get in favor with anyone. I simply stated my opinion like you and others do. I don't care if you use or don't use Windows. I like TS and most of the articles. Which is why I come in here. If people don't like my posts, don't read them or reply.

    So you never had a problem with 8.1, but ive known plenty that did and simply couldn't stand it. I on the other hand have no issues with 10 and haven't had any major issues with it. To me 10 is simply better than 7 or 8 or even 8.1. 7 WAS great but MS moved on from it. People just have to let it go and move on. 7 is dead, just let it die.

    Ive never had a black screen or mouse issue with 10, not once. Ive heard of people getting them but I am saying I have never got it. Some get these issues where others don't. You've proved that with not having any issues with 8.1. Same thing goes for 10 for others.

    Just cause you have issues and some colleague does, is that suppose to mean something. Cause it doesn't. So you guys had/got issues? And? I never said the world don't get issues. I have been saying that I don't and others on TS have said they don't.
    You and some others get tired of hearing me while same goes for y'all. I and im sure others get tired of hearing MS is trash, OS sucks when in our eyes it doesn't and works just fine. Which can and does lead to me that y'all do not know computers very well, if at all or as I have also said it could be just how y'all use or have your computers setup/configured.
  8. copasetic

    copasetic TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Awesome. People have been wanting an easy reliable way to block Windows 10 updates anyway. So, for the time being, just insert your favorite SD card, and block them into infinity. Thanks, MicroSoft!
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,777   +3,906

    We get it, you get to talk, and we should shut up because we don't know anything about computers.

    Dream on.

    And BTW, from your last rant, I do avoid certain manufacturers with questionable ethics. Apple is at the top of that tree, so to speak. And if M$ decides to parrot their approach, I'll avoid them as well.

    The only thing I've gotten from them over the years in the way of hardware, was junk. So I guess a Surface is off the table too.

    Windows 10 has become the junk mail of operating systems. You don't want its creepy updates, yet the douches in Redmond keep endlessly mailing them to your house. And meanwhile, they're mining your data worse than anytime in the past, so they can send you more.

    Or else why would every update they provide, reset all your privacy settings?
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019

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