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When updates cause problems: Downed Windows heals itself

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Windows 10 automatically removes problematic updates if they prevent it from booting up.

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Microsoft is finding a way to prevent future Windows 10 updates from paralyzing computers for extended periods of time. In an emergency, the system can now heal itself.

Over the past months and years, there have always been big problems with faulty Windows 10 updates. Sometimes only individual functions were paralyzed, in the worst case the computer shot down or even personal data deleted. Affected users then often had to help themselves, make cumbersome workarounds or wait patiently for a new update. Microsoft will not be able to rule out flawed updates in the variety of Windows machines in the future, but it has found a way to prevent the worst.

According to "ZDNet" Microsoft has developed a procedure that allows the operating system to independently remove updates that are incompatible with hardware or software of a computer. It is all about updates that prevent a system start, so make a computer unusable. The user himself does not have to act, he is only informed about the deinstallation.

The last resort

Removing an update should only be the last resort, if all other recovery methods were unsuccessful. If necessary, the operating system also blocks critical updates to ensure that Microsoft and third-party vendors have enough time to analyze the problem and find a solution.

A user must not accept the decision to remove an update. Microsoft also provides instructions on how to manually install drivers and updates on the appropriate support page. However, if a system startup is again impossible, Windows 10 will remove the update again.

Microsoft could also introduce a pro-function for normal users with the upcoming April update, which could prevent the installation of incompatible or incorrect updates more frequently. For example, in January, the company first released pre-release versions of its insider program, suggesting that Windows 10 Home will be able to postpone updates for up to seven days in the future.



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