Windows 10 can now automatically roll back problematic updates

If you run into any problematic Windows updates in the future, Microsoft now allows Windows 10 to automatically uninstall them. In a support document 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. Microsoft also encourages anyone who hits a snag with updates to help diagnose the problem by reporting issues in the Feedback Hub.

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