Windows 10 Can Now Automatically Roll Back Faulty Updates

Isaac Cain
March 12, 2019

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 new feature is created 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".

Windows Update will now automatically uninstall problematic patches and drivers.

As detailed in the "Phone screen - supported devices" page on Microsoft's community website, the company provides "an early preview into the newest feature for the Your Phone app - phone screen".

When this happens, a notification will pop up explaining that Windows 10 has removed some "recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure".

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While volume license customers will still be able to pay for updates on Windows 7, most normal users will be out of luck.

That seems like good timing on Microsoft's part. To deal with the inevitable botched installs before you start angry-tweeting, Microsoft's added a new capability to Windows 10 that makes it automatically uninstall any update that's preceded a failed startup.

To remain secure, you'll have to upgrade your OS to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates from Microsoft every month.

Users can manually reinstall any updates that were uninstalled, but they will be removed again if Windows 10 still doesn't start.

In the ongoing saga of trying to mitigate the potential problems caused by speculative execution exploits like Spectre and Meltdown (and the fixes to those fixes) Microsoft has a new Windows patch called KB4482887. Microsoft promises it will update the list of compatible devices as it grows. Better to find a way to remove those updates than just to let them lie.

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