Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Windows 10 to Automatically Remove Updates That Cause Problems

Windows 10 to Automatically Remove Updates That Cause Problems

According to Windows Latest, which discovered the documentation, Microsoft published the support document with no official announcement, and it apparently even blocked search engines from discovering the page.

We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure. Occasionally, these updates can fail due to incompatibility or issues in new software.

In the ongoing saga of trying to mitigate the potential problems caused by speculative execution exploits like Spectre and Meltdown (and the fixes to those fixes) Microsoft has a new Windows patch called KB4482887.

Users who still want to install them because they believe the removed Windows updates weren't the cause behind the startup failures can do so by downloading them from the Windows Update Catalog as described in this Microsoft support document.

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Why it matters: Microsoft puts out constant updates for Windows 10, and there's a good chance you've installed some that introduce problems to a system. Microsoft says this only happens when all other automatic recovery attempts have been unsuccessful.

To ensure that your device can start up and continue running as expected, Windows will also prevent problematic updates from installing automatically for the next 30 days.

As reported by Hexus, Microsoft is working on a fix for this issue, but suggests that anyone impacted too negatively by the update to uninstall it for now while a patch is developed. It mentions that the company regularly and automatically installs updates to make sure that your device remains secure and speedy. The company is reportedly planning to launch the new feature as soon as this week, allowing Insiders to try out the new feature on their Windows 10 device.

In case you like living life on the edge, you can still download the updates manually by using the link given in the support document.

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