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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