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Windows Updates Are Set to Get Less Annoying

Dave Parrack 04-11-2016

Microsoft is finally ready to make Windows Update less annoying, at least for Windows 10 users. Under the new system, Windows 10 updates should be smaller in size, be downloaded more efficiently, and put less strain on your system resources.


The key here is Microsoft’s new Unified Update Platform (UUP), which is coming to every platform apart from Xbox One Xbox One Elite Bundle Review With a 1TB hybrid SSD and bundled Elite controller, is this the Xbox you're looking for? Probably not, but the controller is fantastic anyway. Read More over the next six months. According to the Windows Blog post explaining the change, UUP will “enable differential downloads for all devices built on the Mobile and PC OS.”

In a nutshell, differential downloads means that “only the changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device” will be downloaded and installed. Which is a major change from the current system which downloads and installs full builds over the top of previous builds.

As a result of UUP and differential downloads, “users can expect their download size to decrease by approximately 35% when going from one major update of Windows to another.” In addition to this, Windows Update will be doing most of the work in the cloud, which should lead to “faster checks for update operations.”

An Important Change Happening Behind the Scenes

It’s important to note that most people won’t notice these changes being made to the Windows Update experience. Everything will look and feel very similar, with the improvements all happening behind the scenes. Still, while it’s not the sexiest change in the world, making the experience of updating your Windows 10 device easier and more efficient is an important one.


UUP is being rolled out to Windows 10 Mobile devices first, with PCs, HoloLens, and Internet of Things What Is the Internet of Things? What is the Internet of Things? Here's everything you need to know about it, why it's so exciting, and some of the risks. Read More devices to follow. Windows Insiders should notice the change before the end of the year, with everyone else being invited to the party after the Windows 10 Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More goes live.

Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? If so, how are you finding the process of updating to the latest builds? Is the change to UUP and differential downloads a good one? Or are you more excited about the new Creators Update? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Jim Z
    March 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    MS somehow forced Win 10 onto my laptop during the free update push. It has been a disaster since then. Many times a week it takes my machine and tries to update it. It says things are working, be patient. It never works. There are no useful messages or info. It is a disaster. I have no idea what if any fixes have been successful. Win 7 system was SO far superior...

    Whoever "designed" this should be fired last week. I would abandon windows but am too old to bother. If it breaks my machine I will go to the dark side after 40 years...

  2. Christine
    March 7, 2017 at 4:48 am

    The change I want to see is not likely to be brought back - I want to be able to download updates when it is convenient for me (and postpone them till then) and to see what I am downloading and if I need it. The classification of updates as critical, important and optional has disappeared with the forced updates.

  3. Nick
    November 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Just last week I had a Windows 10 update that required a reboot... but the reboot led to the black screen with a blinking cursor signalling major problems. I'm hoping it's just a Windows problem and a reinstall will do it, but very annoying. It was the free upgrade version.

  4. Amit Narendra Kubal
    November 5, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I didn't get window's 10 professional edition free download.

  5. MakeUseOf reader
    November 5, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Glad to see that they're doing something about it, Windows Update has been a pain for a long time.

  6. Bruce Epper
    November 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    At least they are addressing some of the issues with updating Windows. Now if they can make it so simple updates don't require a reboot, they would be making real progress.