Microsoft: Windows 10 can now automatically uninstall buggy updates

Along with blocks on releasing Windows 10 to certain users, Microsoft will now remove updates that aren't compatible with the installed version of Windows 10.

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Microsoft has a new answer to automatically downloaded Windows 10 updates that aren't compatible with the device they're installed on: Windows 10 can now remove "problematic updates" without requiring user interaction. 

The feature aims to address updates with more severe incompatibility issues, specifically ones that prevent a Windows 10 PC from starting up. 

If a Windows 10 machine experiences a startup failure after installing certain updates, the device will display the notification: "We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure."

When Windows 10 detects such an event, the operating system will attempt to address the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates. 

The action is a last resort that will only be taken when all other automatic recovery attempts have failed to work, according to Microsoft's support note

The types of updates that it may automatically remove if it triggers a startup failure include device drivers, hotfixes, updated system files, service packs, and new Windows features. 

Microsoft will also block problematic updates from installing for 30 days in the event Windows detects that an update has caused a startup failure.  

"This will give Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and fix any issues. After 30 days, Windows will again try to install the updates," Microsoft notes. 

Microsoft has provided links to pages describing how to manually install drivers and quality updates if the user believes the removed updates shouldn't have been uninstalled. 

It also urges Windows fans to help it diagnose and remediate buggy updates by submitting reports through the Windows 10 Feedback Hub app

The auto-uninstall feature is one more way Microsoft is trying to help Windows 10 users avoid a bad experience with its operating system and comes as it attempts to lift the quality of updates and ensure that it doesn't miss reports from Windows Insider testers. 

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The company implemented multiple blocks to prevent devices with specific software from receiving the Windows 10 version 1809 update. Microsoft generally aims for rapid adoption of the latest version of Windows 10, but it put the brakes on version 1809's release after it discovered the update deleted users' files and that multiple Windows Insider testers had reported the issue during the preview phase.     

Microsoft has also placed greater emphasis on the 'Windows 10 update history page'", recently urging all IT pros, admins, and average users to bookmark the page, so they can stay informed of the latest issues affecting the rollout. 

The page is part of Microsoft's effort to improve the transparency of its decision-making in response to the data-deletion bug, which caused many Windows fans to question whether the company was adequately testing updates before releasing them to the public.  

To this end, Microsoft last week explained how its data-science team treats the diagnostics data it receives from its own engineers and millions of Windows 10 users around the world. 

It also flagged that it is working to improve responsiveness to user feedback so that it can identify gaps in its data-based approach to fixing Windows. 

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