I take a day off to tour London and the world collapses: I’ve received multiple reports from readers that Microsoft has pulled the integrated Windows 10 download—which combines Windows 10 with the November Update—from the Windows web site. What’s going on?
It’s kind of hard to tell from here: I’m in Heathrow airport waiting for my flight home as I type this. But based on what I’m hearing from readers, all hell is breaking loose.
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As you may recall, one of the big benefits of Windows 10 is that Microsoft plans to keep the downloadable install media up-to-date. So with the release of the November Update, the downloadable installer was updated to version 1511.
No more. Over the weekend, I started getting numerous complaints that Microsoft had pulled the integrated install and was back to offering the July RTM release.
Microsoft has given the following statement to address this change:
“The November update was originally available via the MCT tool, but we’ve decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. People can still download Windows 10 using the MCT tool if they wish. The November update will be delivered via Windows Update.”
But as you can see, that doesn’t explain why Microsoft stopped offering the integrated installer. And it casts doubts that the original plan of always keeping Windows 10 up to date for clean installs will ever happen now.
As of this moment, I don’t really have any additional details. And because I’m flying home from Europe, I probably won’t until later in the week.
Any theories? Anyone know for sure? I don’t get this.
UPDATE: I wonder if this has anything to do with it. If so, it seems that bringing back integrated installs will happen in the future.