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Microsoft Is Better at Documenting Patch Problems, but Issues Abound

By June 21, 2019 No Comments
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Windows will always be a good product as the software is always tested out before large-scale deployment. That you’ve got updates waiting to be installed now and then shows that the company is continuously working on improving their products long after you’ve bought them.

Testing plays a big part in why you keep seeing bugs, both before and after installing those various patches. You see, if a software is meant to be used in two or three environments only, then it is easier and faster to fix all bugs it might have. That’s only because you have a fewer number of environments to test it out in.

Then, you’ve got Windows, which is a product that will be used on a billion desktops. So the chances of testing it out on each PC are slim. Take the Mac OS for example here that’s an operating system which runs only on certain hardware. If this operating develops bugs at any point, it’s easier to fix them.

Some of those bugs are created by the updates that you have to install. They update various parts, drivers and other software throughout the PC. Based on the applications you have on our PC, those same updates might create bugs, incompatibilities or prevent your PC from booting correctly.

Such scenarios are serious and the new Microsoft Windows 10 will have a solution, or a way to fix all that. You will be able to remove those same troublesome updates for a month and reinstall them when Microsoft fixes things.

Windows and bugs

Windows 10 appears to be a popular system now that everyone has upgraded to it. The news doing the rounds online is that the next version of Windows 10 will come with ways for users to uninstall buggy software.

That’s a critical upgrade, seeing how users weren’t able to do that earlier. It also says a lot of about the issues found on the earlier version and that possibly, Microsoft might have received too many error reports! They have stated that they are only testing out this feature right now using the Windows Insiders who are running the Build 18351 and higher, all installed on their computers through the 19H1 update.

If all works out, then Microsoft will release this build as Windows 10 Version 1903. In their support note, they did not specify which updates would be uninstalled, and that the new Windows 10 would only start the uninstallation if it detected a start-up failure with a certain patch.

This will only happen after the system runs some additional checks first. In a release note, they mentioned how those failures are caused by an array of problems like corrupted files, hardware issues and software that is no longer compatible.

So Windows will try to diagnose commons issues connected with disk issues, drivers and registry keys before it moves onto uninstalling updates.

Microsoft had released more contexts about how updates, once removed, will be blocked from being reinstalled for thirty days. The aim behind this new approach is to give Microsoft and their software development partners enough time to figure out a resolution. They will however only isolate the update that prevents your PC from booting correctly and will allow users to install patches that they fell shouldn’t have been removed.

Microsoft Updates and fixes

So, the only path that Microsoft can take is to constantly work on creating fixes and making them available through updates. They do have their priorities ahead of them, and will address the very critical issues that affect many of their users first. These will come in the form of patches that have to be installed immediately. In some cases, the bugs and issues turn out to be there by design and might not ever be fixed, but Microsoft will let you about that and help you with an alternative.

Several users describe how they’ve reported issues with their PCs to Microsoft and that have been resolved later, using updates. As for the bigger flaws found in the operating system itself and are fixed through updates. Microsoft uses the same approach to the fix problems found in the Office applications, Visual Studio. SQL Server, Surface Pro, etc.

Troubleshooting these issues

Most of the common bugs are normally rooted down to bad drivers or DLL files or hardware issues. The new Windows 10 has not yet been released, so till then, you have to manage all errors using the suggested measures. You can resolve them by installing or updating the necessary driver or hardware.

Removing hardware: Some operating system problems only appear after you have installed new hardware. If you did install some hardware like a new gaming console, then you need to disconnect that hardware. In other instances, a new patch might make drivers incompatible leading to issues when you try loading them.

Remove software installed recently: The same goes for the issues created right after installing new software on your Windows computer. Usually uninstalling the software fixes this and in some cases, you have to restart your PC.

Updating drivers: Installing updates meant for drivers might fix some issues that you’re seeing. It’s important to note that you have to do this on the computer that has the problem, and if you can’t log in normally, then you have to load Windows in the safe mode.

Installing Windows Updates: Keeping your system updated with patches regularly could help you stay clear of all those issues. Windows 10 does this automatically, so the only thing left for you to do is save all your work.

Conclusion

Windows 10 version 1903 is proof that Microsoft is taking big measures to improve their core offering but make sure that all the latest patches are available to you, without the normal restrictions. They might not be able to ever give us a full system that’s 100% free of smaller issues, a reason users will always be required to install updates.

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