Microsoft Windows Updates

Lately, these updates from Microsoft have been causing a lot of headaches for folks ! … 

Windows 10 (IMHO) is by far the best Operating System Microsoft has produced! … however, the updating process leaves a bit (a lot) to be desired…

Such as these headlines:

Audio issues after installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Windows 10 October 2018 Update causing Blue Screen of Death

Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of documents being deleted

The list goes on … you have to love this one (not!)

Temporary issue with Microsoft’s activation servers causes Windows 10 Pro licenses to show as invalid

No wonder folks are getting headaches.

What to do ?

If you have Windows Professional installed, you can delay the updates from Microsoft when you hear of – or are aware of a potential problem such as these.  If you have Windows Home installed, you (unfortunately) do no have this option.

Unfortunately, Microsoft does not give as as much control over the update process as in earlier versions of Windows.  You can set your active hours (so that you will not be invaded with an update in the middle of a project).  You can also disable the update process (which I highly recommend not doing).

Mostly, other than that, these updates are automatic and ongoing from Microsoft…

If you have been already affected by these one of these updates, you will have to resort to other avenues to address the problem –  such as uninstalling the update, performing a System Restore, or possibly rolling back your computer to an earlier version of Windows (if this option is available to you).

Worse case scenario ? … you might have to restore your data or perform a complete system restore from a backup…  You do have a backup – don’t you ?  – I thought so … is it current ?   If you do not have a backup, or it is not current, then I highly recommend that you put one in place ASAP!!!

Your best bet against these type of issues ?

Is having a current backup on hand (and a full System Image or complete – full backup of the entire computer).  If your backup is not current prior to an update – I definately recommend bringing it up to date before installing the update. 

The ability to backup today has never been easier.  You can do this on a flash drive (for smaller data file backups), an external hard drive, or a cloud based service (such as Carbonite) – or a combination thereof.  I recommend both an onsite backup (such as an external hard drive –  to include a System Image file).  This backup process is built into Windows 10 – so no additional software is needed.  If  you prefer you can use an alternate backup program (there are many good ones out there).  In addition to an on-site backup, I highly recommend an off-site backup as well – such as a cloud based service, or another external hard drive tucked away in a safe (and offsite) location.

We should all have a good backup and recovery plan in place.  Not just for these update issues, but for any possible catastrophe – such as a nasty Virus, or Malware infection, or worse yet a Ransomware infection.  Or just a good old fashion hard drive meltdown 🙁

Hopefully, Microsoft will learn from these update woes, and get the process down better, but as we all know – there a a lot of other reasons for backup.

So backup today ! … and often !!! (I recommend an automated approach – done on at least a daily basis).

As you can tell from my previous posts, I’m big on backup! … I cannot tell you the number of times it has saved me, and my clients!

If you need help with setting up and maintaining a good backup plan, call a professional (such as The Computer Man)…the time and money invested will more than pay for itself 🙂

Happy (and safe) Computing !


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