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Microsoft will only provide change logs for important Windows Updates

Microsoft will only provide change logs for important Windows Updates

by AshwinAugust 21, 2015

Microsoft has recently been releasing quite a few Windows Updates for its new operating system, Windows 10.


The most notable ones, are the cumulative updates, it releases every week.

Microsoft did release a barrage of updates, at a very fast pace, during the final stages of the Technical Preview, just a few days before the launch of the final build of Windows 10. When users questioned the company about this, it assured users that it would not do so post the launch of Windows 10.

While the update releases have certainly slowed down a bit, users have been irked by the fact that most updates are “cumulative” ones. These patches require the user to restart the computer to finish installing. Whats even worse is that, a normal reboot doesn’t install the updates. You have to restart the computer from the Settings app (Update and Recovery > Windows Update).

There is yet another annoyance with the latest Cumulative Updates. They bear absolutely no information, regarding the changes they bring. Even the Microsoft Knowledge Base website does not detail about the fixes/features included in the patches. As you may already be aware, Windows Updates are not optional in Windows 10, as part of its “Windows as a service” feature, which ensures users are patched up to the latest security updates and patches which add new features.

The Register questioned Microsoft about why the Redmond Company, was silent when it comes to change-logs for Windows Updates, to which it got the following reply, from a Microsoft employee.

“As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them.”

What Microsoft means to say from this, is that it will provide additional information for any new features that it adds to Windows 10. So, it will not provide a change-log for any update it delivers, which it deems as important to user security, yet not “worth explaining about”.

Considering that many recent Windows Updates, have failed to install and caused reboot issues, it is not surprising that Microsoft will not explain what a patch does. For example if an update’s release notes says that it fixes a particular issue, yet it doesn’t, or instead produces a new bug, it would look embarrassing for Microsoft.