Windows tried to install an Insider Preview update on a production install

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I just noticed today that about a week ago (on the 24th), Windows tried to install KB4497936, which is an update for Insider Preview builds. The install failed, but this is a big issue, considering this is a production computer installed via the 1903 release ISO’s provided via microsoft.com/software-download.

This computer is NOT connected to the Insider Program, nor has it ever had a Microsoft Account used on it. It’s running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, currently build 18362.116.

The update in question is for 18362.113 (this is the build number it would’ve incremented to, were it a previous version).

This scenario is another reason why Microsoft sucks at “Windows-as-a-Service”. Had this installed, it probably would’ve completely destroyed the system.

Does this show up for anyone else in their Windows Update log?

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3 responses to “Windows tried to install an Insider Preview update on a production install”

  1. Tony Barrett

    Yes, WaaS sucks big time (I nearly wrote 'bug time', and that's true also). No idea why you had an attempted Insider update try to install though. That's scary, and very concerning. Yes, it failed (as I guess it should), but I have a feeling all this immense compexity and multiple Win10 versions MS now need to support is straining them, and things are going wrong, as we've seen quite often recently.

  2. MacLiam

    From posts to the Insider Forum, I conclude that KB4497936 was intended for installation not only on registered Insider machines, but for anybody running 19H1 whether they were registered insiders or not. It seems to have had its problems for some installs in either class of updater, with two or even more install attempts before it worked. I have a number of machines that I put into Release Preview to get 1903 a little ahead of schedule, and one of them choked on the update the first time I ran it. The second time was successful. I may have taken one machine out of the Insider program entirely after installing 1903, but I cannot be sure. If I did, it got this update and had no trouble with it.

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