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Windows 10 runs again — but for how long?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Oct. 13, 2016
Microsoft finally issued a patch that released Windows 10 PCs from reboot hell. So why is ungrateful me just bracing for the next awful thing to happen?

You know what might have helped with this whole fiasco? First, better quality assurance.

While we’re talking about Xbox games on Windows 10, my fellow Computerworld writer John Brandon found that while he could download Gears of War 4 to Windows 10, he couldn’t find the blasted game! If, by the way, you’re looking for it, it’s hiding in the My Library option in the Windows Store app. Where’s that? It’s not easy to find either. Read his article.

I mention this as a trivial example of a serious problem. Even as Microsoft has gotten much better with its server and cloud offerings, Windows seems to be taking second place and becoming second rate.

It might also have been helpful if Microsoft still let you install only those patches you need rather than one large blob of updates. It’s bad enough that Microsoft has made this the default update system for Windows 10, but it is also bringing the rollup patch model to Windows 7, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2, starting on Oct. 11.

This is going to be so much fun!

Are you worried sick about what these massive security and quality rollup patches are going to do to your company’s computers? I recommend joining Microsoft’s Security Update Validation Program (SUVP). It won’t get you an early look at the quality patch bundle, but it will let you establish an additional early validation ring and a direct channel back to Microsoft for any issues encountered.

Since I fully expect lots of issues, based on Microsoft’s long history of buggy patches, you really should join. You may still get some patch surprises, but at least the odds are you’ll avoid the worst of them.

I hope.

Windows has been fixed — sort of — now. But, it’s only a matter of time before it breaks again.


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