Will updating Windows get easier — or not?

Tracey Capen

With questions about updating still swirling around Windows 10, Microsoft posts a Win10 Preview tool for troublesome updates.

All other supported versions of Windows should see an out-of-cycle security update for a font-driver vulnerability.

No full Windows Secrets newsletter on July 30

Typically, the Windows Secrets editors take a publishing break on any fifth Thursday of the month. So there’ll not be an official July 30 issue. The next full newsletter will be on August 6. (Another year is flying by.)

That said, we want to stay up to date on July’s Windows and Office patches. Look for the second bi-monthly Patch Watch column on the Windows Secrets site (not in your email inbox). We hope everyone on the northern half of our blue planet is having an excellent summer. With all the news about Pluto, how many of us remembered that the first moon landing was 46 years ago this past Monday. Cheers to Neil — who passed away in 2012 — and Buzz!

MS quietly releases an app to hide Win10 updates

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the soon-to-be released Windows 10 is future updates. As has been widely reported, consumer versions will have all updates installed automatically. That’s a significant change from previous versions of Windows — including Win8.1 — in which users can choose to delay or ignore any patch offered in Windows Update.

Unfortunately, as experienced Windows users know, not all updates are problem-free. Microsoft has recalled and reissued some of these troublesome patches, but others have resulted in BSoDs, USB failures, software incompatibilities, and various other issues.

Which is why many Windows users prefer to delay those updates that are not critical, not security-related, or that tend to be problematic — e.g., Windows kernel-mode driver fixes. Waiting a week or two gives some time for reports of patch failures to appear and lets third-party software vendors update their applications to support the changes to Windows. (Security patches for zero-day threats and browsers should almost always be installed as soon as possible.)



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Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.