MEDIOCRE CYBER-BASTARD Microsoft has confirmed that a patch has been released to fix problems being faced by downloaders of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Problems started to emerge for some users after reports that the most recent cumulative update to Windows 10 that rolled out automatically had sent machines into a never-ending boot-loop.
There’s no real explanation as to what caused the problem, but a 30+ page rant by Technet users on the subject prompted the company’s engineers to limp into action with a clean-up script that is rolling out now.
The ever growing army of beta testers on the Windows Insider programme caught a lot of the bugs before they went mainstream (and we salute their work), but occasionally, as with any system, bugs will get through.
It highlights, once again, the controversial practice of automatically updating Windows by default (so-called Windows-as-a-service). It started with Windows 10 and has been criticised as inviting just this sort of problem as it takes away the granular control on updates being offered. This is especially true in enterprise environments where one shonky driver can bring down a network.
Microsoft said earlier this week: "We’ve been working diligently on this issue and are finalising a clean-up script that will fix the underlying issue preventing the install of K3194496 (Cumulative Update 14393.222) for affected users. Your patience during our research and subsequent work is greatly appreciated."
In theory, if your machine is borked by the original update the replacement update should fix it, but if you have any trouble or can’t get your machine to boot in the first place, Microsoft Support is your friend.
Linux takes a different approach to all this, of course, with peer checking and commits. And then if it goes wrong Linus Torvalds swears at you. µ
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