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Windows 10 will start automatically removing problem-causing updates

By midian182 · 8 replies
Mar 12, 2019
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  1. As spotted by Windows Latest, Microsoft recently published a support document that answers “Why were recently installed updates removed?” The company writes that these updates and patches "keep your device secure and running at peak efficiency,” but they occasionally run into incompatibility issues.

    If a PC fails to start following a Windows 10 update and reboot, users may see a notification that reads: "We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure." Microsoft says this only happens when all other automatic recovery attempts have been unsuccessful.

    Once an update has been removed, Windows 10 will prevent it from installing automatically for the next 30 days, giving Microsoft and its partners time to investigate and hopefully fix any issues.

    Users can manually reinstall any updates that were uninstalled, but they will be removed again if Windows 10 still doesn't start.

    Microsoft said that all editions of Windows 10 will receive the feature.

    Last week, it was discovered that Microsoft’s latest cumulative update had caused performance issues with games and mice. Sadly, it seems Windows 10 won’t be automatically uninstalling updates in these cases, that only happens when a system fails to start.

    Despite its problems over the years, Windows 10 passed 800 million installs recently and is expected to reach the long-awaited one billion milestone later this year.

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  2. Great - it can start by uninstalling itself completely.
    doomworm and loki1944 like this.
  3. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 507   +439

    Only if You upgraded from Windows 7/8.
    If Your 10 was a clean install, it will... probably crash.
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,872   +2,205


    So what happens if automatically removing the problem update causes even more problems?

    Though manually removing problem updates is a real pain, if you ask me, this is avoiding the real problem and that is quality assurance testing before pushing the update to everyone.

    I do not trust the "AI" behind this to always make the right decisions.

    In effect, it seems like anyone using Windohs 10 has become an M$ beta tester.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2019
    jobeard likes this.
  5. There is a reason Microsoft got rid of its QA department. The users are now the QA department.
    Humza, loki1944, Darth Shiv and 2 others like this.
  6. Mr Majestyk

    Mr Majestyk TS Addict Posts: 137   +106

    Just like game companies releasing unfinished crap to get it oiut the door then forcing you to buy DLC’s that fix the issues. Brilliant.
    Darth Shiv and wiyosaya like this.
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,000   +1,177

    I think I would rather have it than not. The joys of having a brick, I can do without. Hopefully, it will leave tracks - possibly in Reliability History - which can be used to further understand what broke. Just bouncing the system like a dribbling a basketball would not be helpful.
  8. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 739   +284

    Because auto installing bad updates has worked so well.
  9. Humza

    Humza TechSpot Staff Posts: 250   +136

    Pretty sure they need an "iOS 12" like update for Windows that prioritizes performance, optimization and improves overall quality instead of adding new features in betas that cater to narrow user bases.

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