That is correct. You read that headline right. Hell has officially frozen over.
Last patch Tuesday, the same Patch Tuesday that’s causing problems for other users actually repaired the HP Omen and restored the poor thing to usability. Not only is it usable… it is more stable than it was previously or so it seems.
Of course, I only had to wait three or four weeks for the patches with an essentially useless Omen, after jumping through many equally useless hoops. Still can’t see all of the Bluetooth devices so the HTC Vive is still dead in water as the base stations or headset cannot be found and it traces back to a Windows Update problem itself.
Version 2004 to be specific. No… I would not recommend upgrading to it even now as my work computers are still on 190-something, which seems to actually work as an OS should. Minus the troubled Windows Explorer not working some of the time. Which really means… when you need it… it’s not there.
The HP Omen is a top-shelf desktop that is packed with goodies including an RTX Titan. It’s a two-year-old i7 that still handles everything well… except for patch Tuesday. The Omen is not my main work computer, but it is my VR computer for gaming and reviews along with the now torturous monthly Windows 10 patch. It is, in fact, my testbed for the whole Windows Update debacle.
Yes… it’s the guinea pig (no offense to guinea pigs) of my home/work environment. It does have my 3D applications, game engines, and such on it as I do use it to render work done elsewhere. That is until last month when Patch Tuesday slowly rendered it useless. It would boot up to Win 10 with seemingly no problems but then eventually bog down till it locked up. Usually within 30 minutes or so.
Past patches and updates have bricked the Omen once when it was fairly new requiring a complete re-install which gave me the opportunity to eliminate all of HP’s bloatware by using the Windows Media Tool for a clean install.
Then it got bricked again in a later update that I was able to recover without a reinstall. I keep my work data on separate drives, never the OS drive, so no data was lost. But quite a bit of my sanity and civility was lost during those times.
This time… I did the usual routine. I Googled. I jumped through hoops. I Googled again and jumped through more hoops at times getting more complicated and a bit crazy. This went on till I gave up since it wasn’t my main machine.
I tried again off and on, but nothing ever worked. I even thought of making a Voodoo doll of Bill Gates but was afraid it would turn on me. Voodoo is powerful stuff… add in Bill Gates and only the Lord or Warren Buffet can save your butt.
Now that I think of it… I’ve never seen the Lord and Warren Buffet in the same room.
Then again… security wouldn’t let me in any way.
So, there I sat… dejected until I realized it was once again PATCH TUESDAY! Dare I even think or hope it might fix my poorly treated Omen?
As much as I wanted to believe that it… that was a hard sell even for me. No way the dreaded, infamous Patch Tuesday would repair its previous problems and leave me with an operational computer. That’s now how the Windows 10 multiverse works.
Except that it did.
Microsoft and Bill Gates never tire of proving me wrong. Let’s face it. Bill Gates doesn’t go to his charitable foundation. No… every day he goes straight to his secret lair to give me grief. Ok.. and maybe a few hundred thousand other Windows users.
I can see that crooked smile and those eyeballs peering over the top of horn-rimmed glasses that he wears just to prove he is smarter, by leaps and bounds than this tech writer.
However, I am not one to just dwell on the negative. I am grateful that the omnipotent Windows 10 Patch Tuesday laid cyber hands on my Omen and cured it forthwith. In fact, with the exception of the Bluetooth problem, it may be running better than it ever has on 2004.
So, it doesn’t surprise me that the same patch is wreaking havoc with other pcs. Probably to the point of Microsoft reversing all the changes that repaired my system and putting it back to inoperable on November’s Patch Tuesday.
It’s all a conspiracy. QAnon be damned… Win10Anon is the real danger.
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.