Microsoft changed the way Windows Update works for Windows 10 Home users. All updates are automatic: there’s no way to disable or delay updates.
That could be a good thing for many users, since it will help ensure their computers receive the latest security updates with little to no user intervention. But every now and again Microsoft sends out a buggy update which can cause problems… and that’s just what seems to have happened with the first major update to Windows 10.
Last week Microsoft released a Cumulative Update for Windows 10 which was designed to fix bugs and improve performance. For most users, that’s pretty much what it does.
But some portion of users have found that the update doesn’t install cleanly. Instead, a computer tries to download the update and install it. The system reboots a few times and then discovers that it’s unable to fully install the software, so it cancels the process and boots into Windows.
Unfortunately, because automatic updates are mandatory, after you return to Windows, the operating system will try to install the update again, even after failing the first time.
Users have found a way to edit a Windows registry setting to cancel this particular update. But if you don’t want to muck about in the registry, you might just want to wait a while: it’s likely that Microsoft will eventually push a new version of the Windows Update.
Still… this is exactly the kind of thing people were worried about when Microsoft announced it would be pushing updates automatically.
Fortunately Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users have a little more flexibility about the timing of their updates, making it easier to wait until Microsoft’s latest bug fixes have been thoroughly tested to make sure they don’t introduce new bugs before installing them.