Windows 10 Can Now Rollback Problematic Updates

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Microsoft seems to have quietly implemented a new update mechanism in Windows 10 that will help the company avoid major problems when rolling out new updates.

ZDNet reports that Windows 10 is now able to automatically remove problematic updates in your system to avoid any issues. The company officially noted the new mechanism on a support page, though most of the details as to how the feature actually works is unclear.

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 will automatically uninstall recently installed updates in the OS when there is a startup failure. The update removal process will automatically take place when all the other automatic recovery processes have failed. Once the updates are removed, Microsoft will wait 30 days before installing them again, giving itself and its partners to investigate the possible problems.

It is not clear if Microsoft is able to remotely pull and uninstall certain updates from users’ devices, which would be much more useful than the automatic detection and removal mechanism. If the company detects some major problems in a new feature update, for example, it would be useful to be able to remotely pull the update so that it even gets uninstalled from devices.

And then there’s the question of whether the feature actually works. Microsoft likely stress-tested the feature before rolling it out, but that doesn’t mean the feature actually works reliably. Removing installed updates and taking your PC back to normal is quite a tricky process from a technical point of view, so it will be interesting to see if the changes are actually effective.

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12 responses to “Windows 10 Can Now Rollback Problematic Updates”

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    wright_is

    Don't Windows 7 and Windows 8 do the same thing, other than the 30 day wait, they try again at the next attempt at getting updates.

    Certainly I've had a bunch of Windows 7 machines recently that have barfed on updates and have rolled them back out again.

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      arknu

      In reply to wright_is:

      They roll back the update if installation fails for some reason (as Windows 10 does). From what I understand of this feature, this will kick in if the update installs correctly but then prevents device from booting, causes a BSOD or other potential issues.

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    navarac

    It's still a good idea to keep images of known good installs. It has saved my bacon a number of times.

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    Paul Tarnowski

    Better yet if this makes a snapshot of all files and resolves to recover any lost files to avoid any more October updates.

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    train_wreck

    And what if the rollback fails? ?

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    Tony Barrett

    Windows has been able to rollback failed updates for years, but it's not guaranteed even that will get the PC back in a working state. Windows 10 updates are just so risky and problematic though - especially the bi-annual feature upgrades, MS need a way of even partial recovery. Generally, if a major Win10 update goes wrong, you've a good chance of a bricked machine.

    The real answer here though, is that MS just take a step back, and get proper QC in place rather than 'relying' on a few Insider monkey's, with everyone else just being beta testers.

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    kingbuzzo

    uhhhh...is the comments section being face-booked?

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    waethorn

    Isn't this already a feature of Startup Repair?

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    ali raza

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    healthfettle

    thanks for valuable information.

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