Windows 10 has always received cumulative updates, but now Win7 and Win8.1 are, too — and it’s causing no small amount of confusion and trouble.
This special, single-topic column explores one reader’s recent experience with PC updating; and in that way, I’ll show what steps you can take to help resolve the current spate of Windows Update problems — and how to improve the odds of successfully installing future cumulative updates.
Cumulative updates complicate troubleshooting
Reader Keith upgraded his PC from Win7 to Win10, but he’s now having trouble: he can’t uninstall a malfunctioning update.
- “My system has crashed more times since I upgraded to Win10 than it did during its entire Win7 life.
“I tried troubleshooting the problem by uninstalling some updates that were installed on the days of the crashes.
“For example, I suspected that KB 3150513 was causing the crashes, so I set out to uninstall it and prevent future reinstalls by hiding it.
“However, neither double-clicking nor right-clicking presented the “Uninstall” option. Does Microsoft prevent uninstalling some Windows Updates?”
No, you can uninstall anything that comes from Windows Update. But the process is sometimes far from straightforward and can even be downright messy.