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THERE ARE NO BUGS IN WINDOWS UPDATES (with a caveat :0)


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#1 usasma

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 08:18 AM

Now that I have your attention, I'll state this more clearly:

-  There are seldom any bugs in Windows Updates.

-  If there are bugs, they are fixed more rapidly than most other manufacturers (this is due to a combination of a lot of feedback, and the telemetry collecting data about these problems).

So, you may ask, why do we have so many problems with updates, and why can we fix stuff by not installing the updates?

 

First off, problems with updates are caused by many different things.

The most common (IME) is due to incompatible or outdated software being used on the system.

 - The first item is (IMO) missing Windows Updates

 - After that comes missing updates to programs (or using outdated versions).

 - Also, there can be bugs in the programs, and (again IME) these aren't fixed as quickly as bugs in Windows

 

Now let's discuss incompatibilities.

Incompatibilities are quirky little things that aren't seen until a certain set of circumstances occur.

An incompatible program can run just fine for a long, long time.  But eventually, a change to Windows (or a change to another program that interacts with it) can cause the incompatibility to become exposed. 

 

These "changes" are contained in updates to Windows, or to other programs.  Microsoft tests it's updates in many different scenarios in order to prevent these problems.  But there are just too many different combinations of software and hardware for them to be able to test everything - so sometimes they don't see the problem.  Another issue is that they may find the problem, but are powerless to do anything about it (other than posting it on their incompatibility pages).

 

So, why can we fix stuff by removing Windows Updates?

It's because we remove the "change" that exposed the incompatibility.

In and of itself, you'd think that this is a good solution - BUT it isn't.

 

Say, for example, that the "change" was a fix that repaired a security vulnerability.
Disabling/removing that "change" would leave you vulnerable to malware

 

Another scenario is that that "change" repairs a problem with Windows files.

Disabling/removing that "change" would leave the problem with the Windows files - which would then be able to show up with another program, or later on when something else exposes it.

 

In short, Windows Updates are a very important aspect of your system's security.  If you have problems with Windows Updates, it's advisable to find out what's causing the problem - rather than just removing the update.

 

Good luck!


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 02:43 AM

And I thought you were having BSOD problems :0)

 

 

It's actually a really nice write-up. Do you think it needs to be pinned?


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:10 PM

I'd pin it, but it's my work.  I'd like to see if anyone else suggests it.


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