We are aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS. We expect to have a solution in place for these customers soon, and will be communicating with Insiders via the Feedback Hub.Microsoft rolled out this week the seventh Cumulative Update of fixes to Windows 10 Anniversary Update since the Anniversary (1607) version of Windows 10 began going to customers on August 2.
The failure is annoying enough. But a few of those affected have pointed out that when Microsoft first delivered this update to its "Release Preview" ring of Insider testers at the start of this week, some testers reported the installation failure/reboot issue. Despite those reports, Microsoft still pushed this update out to those not in the Insider program, meaning those like me who are running the RTM (release to mainstream) version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Unsurprisingly, this issue is triggering a round of "What's the point of Insider testing?" questions. It looks to some like Microsoft is just ignoring Insider feedback. As I've noted, Microsoft does collect a lot of data when it pushes out a new build to testers and/or to the mainstream, and gets almost immediate intelligence on what's working, what's breaking and how many people are affected, which enables them to throttle updates and new feature releases. Unfortunately, when you're in the "affected" group, it doesn't feel like Microsoft's paying much attention.
Improved reliability of the Windows Update Agent, shared drives, virtual private network (VPN), clustering, HTTP downloads, Internet Explorer 11, Hyper-V platform,multimedia playback, and Microsoft Edge.
Improved performance of push and local notifications, Hyper-V platform, and some social media websites using Microsoft Edge.
Addressed issue where mapping a drive from an elevated command prompt doesn't work with administrator credentials.
Addressed issue causing movies that were ripped using the transport stream (.ts) format to play without sound in Windows Media Player and the Xbox One Media Player app.
Addressed issue causing the Movies & TV app on the Xbox to stop working when attempting to play content that was just purchased from the Store.
Addressed issue where ActiveX can't be installed when using the ActiveX Installer Service (AXIS) in Internet Explorer 11.
Addressed issue causing "Print all linked documents" to not work in Internet Explorer 11.
Improved reliability of downloading and updating games from the Store.Addressed issue preventing some users from changing the default download location in Windows 10 Mobile.
Addressed issue causing unnecessary notifications about fixing Microsoft account in Windows 10 Mobile.
Addressed additional issues with multimedia, Windows kernel, Windows shell, enterprise security, storage file system, Remote Desktop, core platform, Hyper-V platform, Windows Update for Business, display kernel, near field communication (NFC), input and composition, Bluetooth, Microsoft Lync 2010 compatibility, Windows Storage API, app registration, Trusted Platform Module, Group Policy, Internet Explorer 11, virtual private network (VPN), BitLocker, wireless networking, datacenter networking, Cortana, PowerShell, Active Directory, connection manager and data usage, Access Point Name (APN) database, Microsoft Edge, Windows Recovery Environment, file clustering, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, audio playback settings, DShow Bridge, app compatibility, licensing, cloud infrastructure, domain name system (DNS) server, network controller, USB barcode reader, and Adobe Flash Player.
I know some are taking the number of updates Microsoft is making to its latest rev of Windows 10 as a sign that it's not ready for prime time. I don't see it that way. The new reality is there will be a lot of Windows 10 updates that deliver regular fixes and reliability improvements, alongside the relatively few feature updates, coming to the majority of users on a regular basis.
Update (October 4): Here's the latest on the latest Cumulative Update, via a Microsoft spokesperson:
"We are aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS. We expect to have a solution in place for these customers soon, and will be communicating with Insiders via the Feedback Hub."