Microsoft Wants to Stop Windows 10 Updates Annoying You
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Microsoft is finally doing something about the way Windows 10 handles updates. And it’s using machine learning to accomplish the task. If it’s successful, updating Windows 10 should, in the future, become much less annoying.

Windows 10 can be a little aggressive when installing updates. Unless you know how to manage Windows 10 updates How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It works in the background, and keeps your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More , they’ll come thick and fast, and start installing when you least expect it. Possibly rebooting your PC at an inopportune moment.

A New Way of Updating Windows 10

Microsoft has a plan up its sleeve to prevent this from happening. And it’s being tested right now by Windows 10 Insiders. The key is artificial intelligence which Microsoft hopes will be able to accurately predict when the time is right to install updates.

This predictive model is being tested right now in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723 (RS5) and Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18204 (19H1). Which should, all being well, reach ordinary Windows 10 users later this year and in early 2019, respectively.

In a blog post outlining what’s new in RS5 and 19H1, Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar asks, “Have you ever had to stop what you were doing, or wait for your computer to boot up because the device updated at the wrong time?” To which everyone replied, “Yes”.

Microsoft has listened to this feedback, so, “if you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive. We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is.”

This means that Microsoft will “not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after.” Or at least that’s the plan.

Reserving Judgement During Testing

The proof, as the saying goes, is in the pudding. So we will reserve judgement on this new way of handling Windows 10 updates until we see it working in the wild. However, it’s fair to say that questions remain about exactly how well it will work.

In the meantime, if you encounter any issues updating Windows, be sure to read our guide to resolving Windows Update problems How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps Has Windows Update failed you? Maybe the download got stuck or the update refused to install. We'll show you how to fix the most common issues with Windows Update in Windows 10. Read More . And if you’ve had enough of Windows 10 updating altogether here’s how to temporarily turn off Windows Update 7 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 7 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 Windows Update keeps your system patched and safe. In Windows 10 you're at the mercy of Microsoft's schedule unless you know hidden settings and tweaks. So, keep Windows Update under control. Read More .

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  1. BG
    August 2, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Here's a thought:

    Why can't microsofty put everything you have and are doing into a hibernate state, just like when you hibernate your pc? Then you wouldn't have to re-open everything!

  2. Ashley
    August 1, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Many of the new laptops, especially the cheaper ones, are now only supplied with SSD.
    I bought one cheap with only a 32Gb SSD. Within 4-6 weeks, the constant windows updates had filled up all of that drive space to the point where nothing would operate properly without more windows messages telling me to delete something tomake room for more updates.
    After a few more weeks of frustration I reset the computer to "new" standards and found out how to turn off the automatic updates. For a while I even stayed off the internet (I still use the desktop for most things).
    But what still frustrates me is the constant demand to update - "your computer is not up to date" or "more updates are ready for you to download", etc. I cannot find how & where to stop these. They block off the screen and I cannot do any more until each one is address ... ... which results in a new page starting in my browser, or the "setting" screen popping up. But my old desktop is still on Vista, on which I don't have quite the same problems so I don't want to switch to Linux.
    I'm not worried about the security issue - I mainly use the laptop for playing games while watching TV so there's nothing on there that needs that security that they keep insisting on.
    If anyone can tell me how to ignore Microsoft, and how to get them to ignore me I'd be extremely happy.

  3. Sam C
    August 1, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I never had an issue with Microsoft Updates. Must be user error which is often the case. Windows 10 is easily the best OS they have ever released. Way better then XP and anything that came before it, which most times were awful.

  4. Michael Pollard
    July 31, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    How about checking for any unsaved documents in any running program, and not rebooting if there are any. Microsoft's own programs are worst about it, programs like Notepad and Paint.

  5. Dave
    July 30, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Why do they need to over-engineer it with AI!? That seems like completely the wrong direction to take for fixing updates. At least give users the option to completely disable updates, that's their own damn prerogative if they don't want updates to run. Forgive my soap-boxing, but this is important to me, but this trend of taking more and more control away from the users is unsettling.

    My suggestion to M$ (not that it really matters to them) take what you had with W7 updates, speed it up, fix error reporting, and be done with it! Or take some hints from how various Linux distros handle updates.

  6. ps
    July 30, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I'd settle for not having to reinstall Windows every time a duff update buggers my PC.

  7. Daniel Haslam
    July 29, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Too little, too late. I've never experienced so much downtime from any OS as I have using Windows 10. The last update fried the Profile Server and after two days of trying to reinstall Win10 I ended up buying a new hard drive and installing Win 7 Pro, which is the last stable business operating system available.

  8. Tin
    July 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    My lack of presence at my computer is not a sign I'm not using it... I've lost count of the number of times I've left my Windows 10 machine downloading a huge file, processing some massive data or copying files to/from another drive, only to return to a happy message that updates were installed.

    It's technically been an issue since XP, but at least it only did it at 2am, not just when I've gone to lunch.

    Oh, and like many others said, updates breaking my stuff is why I ditched windows and went Linux only on my laptops. Still got Win 10 for the (non Linux) games on my desktop, but I avoid using it.

  9. Rolatio
    July 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

    On Android Smart phones you don't even notice the updates. When will this happen with Win 10? Why do we have to waste so much time with updates , mistakes and RESETS?

    • dragonmouth
      July 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Microsoft knows what's best for you, dear. Don't argue.

  10. MC
    July 29, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Best of luck to Microsoft's AI in this endeavor. I work & play at my machine most of the day, and turn it off when done at night. The only reason it's staying updated already is because of the "Update and shut down" option.

  11. D
    July 29, 2018 at 5:03 am

    "windows 10 will simply use your Webcam and remote desktop your PC to see if you're using it" nice!

  12. Craig
    July 29, 2018 at 12:05 am

    I would love it for MS to stop resetting my default programs each major update. No matter how many times you try to force Edge on to me I will not use it over Firefox, Chrome or Adobe Reader. It's tedious constantly having to reset the numerous PCs in a work environment each time. I'm considering moving back to Linux as I've had enough with wasting a day resetting 20+ PCs back to the defaults previously set before the update. Is there another class action lawsuit against MS over this yet?

  13. Garth
    July 28, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    There have been so many updates. I am about to go Ubuntu. What is worse is I will be working and suddenly my computer will suddenly bog down because it is downloading a freakin' update. No prompt asking if it is okay to start a download. Just as bad as Firefox. Was in a meeting and needed to display a webpage and FF said installing updates which stalled the meeting. Then the windows reboot message appeared after slowing down the PP slide show. This was on a laptop that had been updated the day before!

    • dragonmouth
      July 30, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Under "Firefox Updates" turn on the "Check for updates but let you choose to install them" option.

  14. Kevin
    July 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Understand this.
    You paid for the computer, and Windows 10
    But you don't own anything. Not even the work you do on the machine.

    Sorry for the confusion.
    don't be late with your payments or it gets turned off and you lose everything.

    • dragonmouth
      July 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

      "you don't own anything. Not even the work you do on the machine"
      With Linux, you regain the ownership of your computer and your work. With Linux, YOU run the computer, the computer does not run you.

  15. Dan Porter
    July 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    As others have stated, Window Update was the final straw. After loosing hours of research and constant issues created by forced updates, I made the switch to Antergos Linux. It lets ME operate the computer, not Microsoft. In retrospect, I should have made the switch back when Windows 8 was forced upon the public.

  16. Jason Nichols
    July 28, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    How about just asking me when you want to install an update? Sometimes, I'll stop away for a couple hours at a time with things running out just sitting idle in the background. This doesn't let me test updates on one machine before deploying them to the rest of the network, either. That's my BIGGEST complaint against forced updates. I have moved on to a real operating system. Linux only, I have become, and Linux only, I will remain.

  17. George
    July 28, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Hello, I tried to take the fist step, i.e. exporting all my OE mails. Got the message: "An error occured when MAPI was initiated". Any ideas? I exported the address book without any problems.

  18. Loloy D
    July 28, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I actually switched to Linux a few years ago just because of the burgeoning number of headaches I'm experiencing with Windows, and one of the last straw was that update inconvenience in the most inopportune time. I started with Linux Mint and I grew into loving it and now I'm dabbling with Manjaro. My Linux installs are getting more and more pervasive with my work computers where I can still maintain a high degree of productivity, sans malware worries. I'm not sure if I can ever go back to embracing Windows again.

  19. bknight
    July 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Nice try Microsoft but you will not even download an update to my computer until I give you permission, much less install and reboot. NO EXCEPTIONS, NO NEGOTIATIONS. Your track record of Windows 10 updates breaking things due to lack of testing and quality control makes you the number one distributor of malware in my opinion. Only when trusted third parties say they are safe will I allow you to touch my computer.

  20. rvpopeye
    July 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

    HEY MICROSOFT !!!!
    What was so bad about the way updates used to happen ?????
    We don't all come under the heading of you can't fix stupid ya know......

  21. Howard Hinde
    July 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I have to say that the forced update feature of Windows 10 is the primary reason why I finally switched to Linux full time. Too many times did I have 10 or 20 browser tabs open doing research on something, get tired and go to bed, and get up in the morning to the Windows login screen, losing all my tabs. Never again.

    • Jason Nichols
      July 28, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      I feel your pain and have taken the same steps, partially for the same reason. I was a loyal Microsoft user, starting with MS-DOS 3.2. 8 irritated me and 10 was supposed to fix things. The UI got slightly better but the restored start menu still lists every piece of software installed in one long list instead of giving me submenus...I had to install third party software to fix that just like I did with 8. The forcing of updates and not even allowing me to schedule the reboot put the final nail in the coffin.