Jump to content

Microsoft Admits Normal Windows 10 Users Are 'Testing' Unstable Updates

The AchieVer

Recommended Posts

Remember when Microsoft’s disastrous Windows 10 October Update removed entire user folders like documents and photos? Or the Surface Book 2 owners who had their systems rendered useless from update KB4467682? This happened because users were manually checking for updates and not waiting for the update to get automatically triggered. Why is this a big deal? Because the average Windows user believes that’s a safe way to get their system updates as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it’s the exact opposite, and Microsoft’s Corporate President for Windows has admitted it in a recent blog post.


A Windows 10 user’s default expression in 2018.GETTY

First a brief explainer on the release cadence of Windows Updates. Each month Microsoft releases three batches of updates. The second Tuesday of each month (also known as “Patch Tuesday“) is a quality update that includes security and non-security fixes. Microsoft labels these as “B” releases.

However, Microsoft also issues optional updates during the third and fourth weeks of each month. These are known as “C” and “D” releases. Here’s Michael Fortin, Corporate Vice President, Windows, to explain those for you:


“These are preview releases, primarily for commercial customers and advanced users “seeking” updates.  These updates have only non-security fixes. The intent of these releases is to provide visibility into, and enable testing of, the non-security fixes that will be included in the next Update Tuesday release. Advanced users can access the “C” and “D” releases by navigating to SettingsUpdate & Security > Windows Update and clicking the “Check for updates” box.”

Wait, what?

I wonder how many of the 700 million Windows 10 users don’t realize they are potential “seekers,” which effectively translates to beta-testers. Certainly those folks who tried to get the latest updates for their PCs by manually initiating  the process, only to have documents wiped out of existence or flagship Microsoft laptops broken didn’t realize it.

As Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek points out, “at the very least, Microsoft needs to provide a warning before Windows 10 users click the ‘Check for updates’ button. Don’t warn people in blog posts that only advanced users will read.” This option simply shouldn’t exist unless users go through a carefully-worded opt-in procedure for these “C” and “D” updates, complete with explicit warnings.

It bears repeating: this is why I ditched Windows. Read how Ubuntu Linux updates your PC, and why it’s so much safer and more elegant.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Views 215
  • Created
  • Last Reply


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...