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Microsoft releases a secret utility to stop buggy Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft releases a secret utility to stop buggy Windows 10 Updates

by AshwinJuly 28, 2015

Windows 10 users will not be able to defer Windows Updates, we reported about this a couple of times, more recently earlier this month.


And I have also written in the above mentioned article, about how this could be a serious problem in the event of buggy Windows Updates.

And yesterday we saw how KB3074681 turned out to be the perfect example, of why forced Windows updates are a terrible idea. Though the only issue that the update caused was Windows Explorer to be restarted, it was quite harmless in that, it did not crash any of the apps which were opened at the time the bug was triggered.

But that is no reason to rejoice, the update was buggy, yet Microsoft’s update server pushed it to all users running Build 10240, thus affecting every single PC which installed the update. Now, consider the worst case scenario, what if this issue had been a serious one, which broke the functionality of the operating system itself?

That would have been utterly disastrous, and with two days before the launch of Windows 10, it would have put Microsoft in a bad light. The Redmond company was fortunate enough to have recovered from the minor buggy update, but nevertheless it managed to draw the flak from Windows Insiders due to a different update issue related to NVidia, reports Digital Trends.

Windows Update now handles Driver updates for all of your PC’s hardware, and this apparently clashed with NVidia’s built-in updater which resulted in drivers being reinstalled multiple times, due to sync errors between both apps.

In a bid to make amends, Microsoft has secretly outed a small utility for Windows Insiders, which allows users to stop buggy updates from being installed in Windows 10. Yes, it would be much simpler to provide a “Disable Windows 10 Updates” option in the Settings app, but I don’t see that happening, due to a lot of technical and legal reasons.

The utility is named oddly as “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter package. You can download it from this support page on Microsoft’s Knowledgebase website.

It is a cab file (called wushowhide.diagcab), which opens with the Windows Troubleshooter.  Clicking on “Advanced” reveals an option which says, ” Apply repairs automatically “. This option is enabled by default. Click on the “Next” button and the app will begin scanning for problems, and if any issue is found, just follow the on-screen instructions.

It is unclear if this utility will work in the final builds of Windows 10.