It's February 2020 and people all over the world people are starting to peek out from their bunkers, all with the same question? Is it safe to come out yet? Has the dreaded cyber demon come once again, to wreak havoc, scare the wits out of unsuspecting users, to move and rename files of the trusting but naïve???
Of course. It's Windows Update time and various Windows 10 computers are suddenly having problems.
Once again we are back to a time when a mere update can turn functioning computers into bricks, doorstops, and paperweights. Desktops losing documents and a particular security update suddenly becoming unavailable shouldn't surprise us. In fact, it's what we should expect with Windows 10 updates.
Well, believe it or not, this tech writer has managed to update several PCs with the February update and so far, no bricks... just functioning computers.
So why write about it if everything is going fine? Because, for this household, it is a significant event. One of historical proportions. This means that for me... and I can't believe I'm writing this phrase... Windows Update worked!
For others, however, there is that nagging little thing about files disappearing once again.
I can't speak for you but when my files disappear, for whatever reason, I tend to get a bit testy… perhaps some may say… downright bitchy. So naturally, I can understand the ire of those that have endured such a jolt since it seems the files were moved and renamed therefore recoverable.
“As we reported yesterday, Windows 10 KB4532693 security update reverts certain system settings to their defaults and also removes files from the desktop. For many users, Windows 10 has renamed main user profile folder and files can be restored from C:\Users profile folder ending in .000 or .bak name.”
Losing your user profile or so it seemed… ouch! That might even make grandma fetch a shotgun, after a tug on the jug.
“This update destroyed my machine. All I get now is a blue screen saying that it's going to restart, it try's to restart but then gets the blue screen saying it needs to restart.”
Double ouch and double screwed. Not much other way to put it.
To a lot of us this is not a surprise but the behavior we've come to expect from a Windows Update as some of us have been torpedoed many times in the past having to reset and or restore.
Again, this leads me to why I am writing about a successful update. If I'm going to hammer Microsoft for bad updates then I should at least acknowledge the rare times one slips through unscathed.
I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop because my confidence in the present update system is non-existent at this point. We've been over this in other articles due to the size and variety of users and their systems… pulling off a successful update might be an impossible endeavor with the current delivery method.
No, I don't have any answers but that is a great thing about being a tech writer in cases like this. We aren't required to have the answers… we just ask the questions. Trouble is… I'm afraid the brain trust over at Microsoft doesn't have the answers either.
I certainly hope that's not true but only time will tell.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.