Patch hitting older versions of Windows 10 improves update reliability

Microsoft recently started pushing out a fresh update (opens in new tab) intended to improve update reliability for versions of Windows 10 released prior to the April 2018 Update. As described on Microsoft's support site (opens in new tab) (via Windows Latest / MSPU), the update is rolling out to Windows 10 versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709.

From Microsoft:

This update includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10 that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed. These improvements help make sure that updates are installed seamlessly on your device, and they help improve the reliability and security of devices that are running Windows 10.

There are several points to be aware of with this update before installing it, however. Notably, it may reset network settings and "clean up registry keys" that prevent updates from being installed successfully. It also may repair corrupting Windows OS components, as well as compress files in your user profile directory in order to free up disk space for important updates, Microsoft says.

If you're running Windows 10 versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, or 1709, you should be able to grab this update via Windows Update now.

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  • Likely designed to "fix" systems where users have intentionally blocked updates via some registry hacks or disabled services. The tin foil hatters are going to go ape over this.
  • If you are running one of the listed versions then you should really have a good reason for running an unsupported version of Windows 10, as that leaves you at risk from those flaws and vulnerabilities that are patched in the latest version.
  • Agreed. The people who get paranoid about security are the same people who delay crucial updates for as long as possible
  • That was my thought too. Some will hate it, others will appreciate the fixes that now make their PCs finally upgrade!
  • I wonder if it is available for Windows 10 MOBILE ;) I have a device that refuses to upgrade from an early 1511.. ! I used it so infrequently as a camera that I've not bothered to reset it and reinstall, but it still checks and tries to update when I do!
  • try the over the cable updater for windows 10 mobile.
  • The last update I got broke my headphone jack, so I shut off the computer and haven't used it since.
  • Did you try reinstalling the audio Drivers.
    Also it could've just been disabled in device manager.