As some of you are well aware, I have written about this subject many times before and it's gone way past being a joke. Now it's just a fact of life. A reality as sure as death and taxes there will be future Windows 10 updates with each bringing yet another set of problems to be dealt with, dispatched, and imprinted into the lore of Windows 10.
Someday… in a place far, far away… someone will state the obvious… the million-dollar question… the elephant in the room that everyone sees but no one dares to acknowledge.
"How did they EVER get ANYTHING done back then?"
Windows Update is now a game of chance. Terms like "Known Issues" and "Symptoms" are mentioned in follow up technical briefs on each update.
Tech writers like myself literally salivate… make that drool… at the thought of all the fodder, Microsoft provides us on a regular basis. Mix in the quick patches to correct the newest crap that hit the fan and Microsoft has a never-ending rollout of update, cower in the basement as feedback comes in, fix the problems, and start over on the next update.
We know it's not the brainpower over there. Jokes aside, Microsofties are intelligent and sought-after techies. It's not like they're dredging the swamps at night to staff the place. There is simply too much going on with too wide an array of hardware that anyone or anything can accurately predict how an update will land.
Sadly, that includes Microsoft too.
Now for a firm, cohesive grasp of the obvious… Windows 10 Update, as a service, is broken and quite possibly irreparable for numerous reasons and I'm not alone in this assessment:
- ComputerWorld - Microsoft's Windows Update system is broken. Will it ever be fixed?
- ZDNet - Windows 10 update problems: Why Microsoft's battle isn't over yet
- Techradar #1 - Windows 10 is still broken thanks to a recent update from Microsoft – here's how to fix it
- Techradar #2 - The latest Windows 10 update is so broken, Microsoft is advising some folks to uninstall it
- Forbes #1 - Microsoft Warns Troubled Windows 10 Update Has New Problems
- Forbes #2 - Microsoft Reveals Long List Of Windows 10 May 2020 Issues
May 2020 Update Problems
- Installation problems. Why wait. Let's have them from the get-go.
- Apps not working with updated OS.
- Lost log-in info when re-booted for some apps.
- OneDrive also loses log-in credentials.
- New Cortana won't completely close and continues to run in the background. You KNOW how some of us are about that!
- Browser and VPN connection problems.
June 2020 Update Problems
- Unable to print after update. That'll make your day.
- Some apps not able to open getting a "cannot find' error for the program executable. There goes the blood pressure.
- LTE modem could cease to operate properly
Previous update problems:
- Data deletion. Doesn't get much worse than this.
- Can't print PDFs.
- BSODs – Blue Screens of Death
- Bricking system after update.
- Windows Explorer ceases to function.
And these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot more problems out there than I have space to print them on.
So… maybe it's time to use those update pauses Microsoft has given us until some of the new has worn off each update -- particularly if your PC hardware is getting long in the tooth.
Some of us will be buckling up and hunkering down until the next update has some legs on it. This is not a perfect solution and doesn't work for everyone but like the coronavirus that is sweeping the world… we've got to do something, or it'll just keep happening.
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.