MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED a new feature for Windows that it allow the OS to automatically rollback troublesome updates all by itself.
The new feature is designed to spot if Windows has failed to start and cross-reference it against any updates to Windows-as-a-Service that have been installed, and if necessary, restore to the 'last good configuration'.
There are two main reasons for this from a Microsoft perspective. The first is to try and regain trust after the October 2019 Update (1809) had to be recalled following a raft of compatibility and file integrity issues.
The second is to try preaching to the unconverted who are suspicious of the 'roll-up' format of updates, without the option to choose from them on a granular level.
Microsoft explains: "Windows automatically installs updates to keep your device secure and running at peak efficiency. Occasionally, these updates can fail due to incompatibility or issues in new software.
"Your device has recently recovered from a startup failure if you have received this notification: 'We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.' If Windows detects this, it will try to resolve the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates."
If the uninstall process is triggered, the operating system will not attempt to reinstall the rogue update for at least 30 days, with Microsoft explaining that: "This will give Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and fix any issues."
There is an option to override an uninstall, but Microsoft warns that if your computer fails to start as a result, it will automatically remove it again. Borked, is borked.
With less than a year until Windows 7 reaches end of life in January 2020, Microsoft is on a charm offensive to persuade the 38 per cent of users that are still using it to upgrade in good time.
The update rollback feature is expected to arrange with the as yet unnamed, 19H1 build, currently testing for release in the next month or so. μ
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