MICROSOFT HAS RELEASED AN UPDATE to fix a problem that saw some people updating their Windows 10 PC stuck in an endless cycle of reboots.
Microsoft released a bunch of patches last week under the banner of KB 3081424, which delivered a handful of security updates to early adopters of Windows 10.
"This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10," explained the firm in the introductory note to the release.
"Windows 10 updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously released fixes. If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to your computer."
The update applied itself automatically, because this is the new way. Microsoft said that users with automatic updating enabled will have to restart to bring it into effect.
That is what would happen in an ideal world, but this is the real world and Microsoft's user forums are full of complaints from people who have attempted and failed to see the update through to completion.
Comments start as early as 5 August and begin with a simple complaint: "Just received the first update to Windows 10 today and it failed to install."
This soon had a snowball effect, and forensics from the user community peg a number of problems on the patches. These include missing icons and a permanent loop installation that breaks down and restarts at anywhere between the 10 and 60 percent mark.
Microsoft has now released the KB 3081436 update to fix the problem, but Forbes reported that several Windows 10 users are still stuck in the reboot loop even after installing the patch.
If the update does not seem to work for you, Microsoft suggests opening the Control Panel, clicking on 'View installed updates', selecting 'KB3081436', clicking uninstall in the toolbar and restarting the computer.
The KB 3081436 update also resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft graphics components, and .NET Framework and Mount Manager bugs that allow elevation of privilege. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score