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Windows 10 Cumulative Updates are essential, says Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore

Windows 10 Cumulative Updates are essential, says Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore

by AshwinOctober 20, 2015

Windows 10 is almost three months old, but it continues to be hampered by some minor annoyances.

Windows 10 Settings App UI

One such issue, is the fact that it comes with Windows Updates which cannot be disabled at all.

Despite numerous complaints from users, and several erroneous and buggy updates, the Redmond company refuses to budge from its policy of disallowing the user from to turn off the updates.

This is but the tip of the iceberg actually, as the more prominent issue with Windows Updates, is that they are cumulative. That is, any new Windows Update will reuire all prior Windows Updates before it, to be installed on the PC. This essentially means that if Microsoft chooses to remove some feature from Windows 10, and releases a Windows Update for the same, the user will be powerless to stop it.

You may already be aware how the various branches of Windows 10 updates work. Home Edition users cannot defer updates at all thanks to how the Current Branch works, Pro users can do so for a while, but need to install all prior updates before installing a newer one. This is possible due to the fact that they will be able to choose between Current Branch and Current Branch for Business, the latter enables the user to defer updates for up to four months .

The only ones with some real form of respite are the Volume License Edition users, who are supported by the Long-Term Servicing Branches. The LTSB branch, can be restricted to merely getting security updates alone, and skip feature updates entirely.

So, why does Microsoft continue to do this to users? Doesn’t everyone deserve the right to prevent updates. Speaking of which did you know that Microsoft “accidentally” upgraded Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 computers to Windows 10 automatically, with no option to cancel or opt-out of the upgrade?

Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Operating Systems Group told Computer World in an interview, pointing out why Windows 10 Cumulative Updates are essential.

 “We’ve involved a lot of companies and real-world IT management organizations in talking through the implications, and our feeling talking with them is that the net result that you get is better. We’ve seen lots of examples of situations where end users experienced lower reliability or unpredictable system performance because of a relatively untested combination of updates. So our net intent is to improve the quality overall, for everybody. And we believe that this method will deliver that.”

What that basically means is that Microsoft wants to avoid the scenario of fragmentation, i.e., dealing with different versions of Windows 10, each with its own set of Windows Updates installed.

By enabling cumulative updates for Windows 10,  the Redmond Company actually has an advantage of running into specific issues, and thus, can fix any problems it finds, by universally releasing patches. While that does make sense, an option to rollback an update or uninstall it, would be quite useful. Windows can always ask the user to reinstall the update before proceeding to obtain a newer update.