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Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore Says Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Are Just What We Need


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Belfiore: internal testing proves this is the right choice

If you’re an early Windows 10 adopter, you surely know that since July 29, Microsoft has released several cumulative updates for the new operating system, as part of a new approach that’s supposed to always keep computers up-to-date at any given moment.

Basically, cumulative updates include all the previously-released patches for the platform, so if you install the last one, you pretty much get everything Microsoft has launched until that very moment. But what happens if one of the fixes included in the full update is broken?

“The result you get is better”

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says this shouldn’t be the case because they have conducted internal tests and talked to several companies and organizations to determine the better approach for Windows 10. And cumulative updates are by far the preferred choice for everyone, although he still hasn’t explained what happens in the case of updates that are causing trouble on Windows 10 PCs.

“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,” he was quoted as saying in an interview by CW.

“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.”

While relying on cumulative updates might be good for the company because it reduces fragmentation and indeed prevents some issues that might be caused by some updates installed on top of others, it certainly leads to problems that are impossible to fix by users unless they remove the full patch.

And what’s worse, this is already happening because some of the cumulative updates released so far failed to install (read more about it here, here, and here – and these are just 3 examples), so it’s pretty clear that this strategy isn’t working for everyone.

And last but not least, the problem with the lack of release notes still remains: users have no idea what they’re installing when a cumulative update is offered, so blocking a specific patch that might be causing trouble on their computes is pretty much impossible.

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Cumulative updates are Microsoft's update-russian-roulette game, and I refuse to play. Especially that there are never any details about what's in them, so you can't even start to work out what the cause may be.

Until this is sorted, I'm avoiding Windows 10 like the plague. And, looking at OS market share, the roughly 9 in 10 Windows 7 and 8.1 users who haven't upgraded (despite Microsoft's enthusiastic marketing) seem to agree.

I trust Microsoft to not release any system-breaking updates about as far as I can throw Steve Balmer's chair... with him sitting in it... and Bill Gates on his lap... holding his entire fortune in gold bullion... and wearing particularly heavy glasses.

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I dont want to play the game what choice do we have. Those that I have read saying just disable updates is a dumb idea you need windows updates just be smart with them I have my windows updates controlled by group policy and while it is true you can disable updates and not get infected if your lucky (there is no guarantee of virus immunity when you go online period with the rise of drive-by downloads and malvertising at a all time high) your not safe unless your operating system is secure and updated (everyone remember the one virus or infection that would infect you if you were online just connected to the internet I forgot what its called that is one reason why you want to keep your operating system updated. If your running windows xp you have no choice you do have a choice sort of with windows ten I do have to disagree with cumulative updates all the time every now and then its fine all the time no.

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