With the latest version of its operating system, Microsoft is giving Windows 10 the power to automatically uninstall buggy updates. This means that in the event of a startup failure, Windows 10 will remove recently installed updates that could be causing issues.
Windows 10 Updates Have Been Causing Headaches
Windows 10 is a pretty solid operating system, but like all versions of Windows, it requires regular updates to keep it in tip-top shape. Unfortunately, some Windows 10 updates have recently caused problems for users, which is a bad look for Microsoft.
There have been reports of Windows updates causing audio issues, of files being deleted from hard drives, and even the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. All of these problems have since been patched, but not before causing headaches for Windows 10 users.
Windows 10 Can Now Rollback Dodgy Updates
Microsoft’s solution to this problem is to give Windows 10 the power to rollback updates that may be causing problems. As first spotted by Windows Latest, the latest version of Windows 10 has the ability to uninstall updates without the user lifting a finger.
In a Windows Support note, Microsoft explains that in the event of a startup failure, Windows “will try to diagnose and resolve failures due to disk issues, system file corruption, invalid registry keys, or other such causes”.
If this doesn’t work, Windows will then “determine if the startup issue was introduced after recent driver or quality updates were installed”. And, if so, “these updates may be uninstalled automatically to get the device back to a workable state”.
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Microsoft is keen to point out that this is “only done as a last resort”. However, if removing the updates proves successful, Windows will “prevent the removed updates from installing automatically for the next 30 days” to give Microsoft time to investigate.
This is a new feature that’s currently “only available for Windows Insiders running Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 18351 or later,” which “has not yet been released publicly”. However, it’s safe to assume this will make it to your copy of Windows 10 soon.
Microsoft Equips Windows 10 to Deal With Issues
With the amount of bad press generated as a result of recent issues caused by Windows updates, this is a good move. Sadly, it doesn’t mean Microsoft is promising to stop issues occurring, just that it’s equipping Windows 10 to deal with them when they do occur.
Still, it’s a start. Which is good seeing as Windows 10 is the last version of Windows ever. And if you’re keen to try new Windows 10 features like this one before everyone else, here’s how to join the Windows Insider program.