Windows 10 Updates Got You Down?

Windows 10 Updates Got You Down?

Ah, updates. Can’t live without ‘em. Sometimes, we don’t want to live with ‘em. Updates are very important. Some contain critical security improvements to protect our systems not to mention performance enhancements and bug fixes. However, some updates fix things but cause significant problems with others.

Andrew Analla, Technical Support Team Leader at Walker Tek Solutions, LLC says, “I always tell my clients when introducing a new update into your environment, do not install it on all of your machines at the same time. Choose one machine and install the update on that first. Test out your crucial applications and see how the new update is affecting their performance. This will prevent having to trouble shoot several different machines in the event that the update causes instability in your applications.”

The Windows Operating System started an automatic update feature a while back. Out of the “box”, the default setting on Windows 10 will automatically load the latest updates and security patches for you. This is great for people who are a little naughty and would never load them otherwise. The rub comes when an update interferes with your critical applications that you use to run your business. Microsoft words it this way on the support section of their site, “…a specific driver or update might…cause issues with your device (application), and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or (Windows) update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.”

To prevent the problematic Windows update, in the Search Windows box type Control Panel and start the desktop app. Go to Programs and Features -> View Installed Updates and sort the list by Installed On date. Note the KB#, or version #, of each recent update and uninstall them one at a time. Then test your software again. When you have found the update that caused the conflict install KB3073930  and run it. Click Next -> Hide Updates and check the update. Click Next. The update will not reinstall itself again.

Updates are not bad. They are good and without them we face significant security threats to our systems. However, these are some update best practices and a work around you can use to cope with downsides until application developers can catch up to what the Windows 10 developers have released.

Gavin Walker is the CEO of Walker Tek Solutions, LLC (DBA Creative Software Solutions) a producer of custom apps; cloud based or LAN. He specializes in HL7 data interfacing.

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