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KB3074681 Windows Update is a perfect example of why forced updates are bad

KB3074681 Windows Update is a perfect example of why forced updates are bad

by AshwinJuly 27, 2015

You are probably aware by now, that Windows 10 does not allow users to turn off Windows Updates.


I have written about a clause in the EULA of Windows 10, which confirms this.

Microsoft released quite a number of updates last week, which annoyingly required restarts, and some of which failed to install too. And this didn’t stop over the weekend as the Redmond Company continued to roll out more updates. One of those, KB3074681 Windows Update is a perfect example of why forced updates are bad.

This buggy update caused Windows Explorer to crash,  its not the File Explorer, I’m talking about the shell app embedded in the UI for components like the Taskbar, System Tray, etc to work. However, chances arem you may have installed this update and still not have experienced crashes. This is because the crash occurs only under some specific scenarios.

WinSuperSite reports that choosing to uninstall a program from the Control Panel, immediately causes Explorer to restart. This should not close any apps, but it does waste a few precious seconds, while you have to wait  for Explorer  to start again.

Another instance when Explorer crashes is when you disable a network adapter.

Workarounds for Explorer Crash while uninstalling apps, and disabling network adapters:

Microsoft’s Gabe Aul, has acknowledged the issue and has suggested the following workaround method, while users await for the company to fix it.

If you wish to uninstall a program, go to Control Panel > Programs and features. Now do not double click on the app you wish to remove, as this is the cause of the Explorer crash. Instead, highlight the app by clicking on it once, and then click on the Uninstall button on the top of the list.

Alternatively, you can also remove the apps by using the new Settings app in Windows 10. Navigate to Settings > System >Apps & features, and wait for the list to load, and then click on an app and then on the Uninstall button.

There is also a similar workaround for the Network adapter crash, all you have to do is just manually click on the disable button, while an adapter is highlighted.

KB3074681 is termed as a Security Update for Windows 10, and you can read the Knowledgebase article for it here. Microsoft also rolled out a few more updates including Intel HD Graphics drivers, as well as KB3074678, which is described as an “Update for Windows 10” (no KB article available at this time), which failed to install on my laptop.

Windows 10 is launching in two days, on July 29th, and Microsoft surely knows better than to get off the wrong foot, by releasing updates which break a system.