Windows 10 can now automatically roll back problematic updates

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If you run into any problematic Windows updates in the future, Microsoft now allows Windows 10 to automatically uninstall them. In a support document (opens in new tab) added to its help site this week (via ZDNet), Microsoft says that Windows 10 will now automatically remove the recently installed updates when it detects incompatibility issues that lead to startup failures.

From Microsoft:

Windows automatically installs updates to keep your device secure and running at peak efficiency. Occasionally, these updates can fail due to incompatibility or issues in new software. Your device has recently recovered from a startup failure if you have received this notification: "We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure." If Windows detects this, it will try to resolve the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates. This is only done when all other automatic recovery attempts have been unsuccessful.

According to the support document, Windows will continue to prevent "problematic updates" from automatically installing for the next 30 days following a rollback. "This will give Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and fix any issues," Microsoft says. After the initial 30 days, Windows will try to install the offending updates again.

Ultimately, rolling back buggy updates without requiring any interaction from the user is likely the best solution for most users. However, you can always manually install any quality updates that Windows uninstalls via Microsoft's Update Catalog (opens in new tab). Microsoft also encourages anyone who hits a snag with updates to help diagnose the problem by reporting issues in the Feedback Hub (opens in new tab).

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  • That's actually great to hear and an important step in the right direction. Considering how many many times they screwed me over with the updates!
  • I just experiend a roll back when I was installing security update for Windows (KB4489899) I. e March cumulative update known as 'Patch Tuesday'. During the operation, l noticed that installation could not go beyond 98% and the next thing l saw on the screen was undoing what has been installed before. However, l have installed the update by downloading it from the stand alone catalogue. The file size is 153.2MB.
  • That is awesome to hear. I wish they would update the update catalog look and feel it feels like you're stepping back into 2001 when you go there