It looks like Microsoft has quietly added a new feature to Windows 10 that will allow the operating system to automatically remove any broken Windows Updates that are causing issues.
This really is great news, as Windows 10 has had a number of problematic updates recently, most of which have prevented Windows 10 from loading.
Based on a new support document that has been authored by Microsoft, if Windows 10 downloads an update and runs into issues – perhaps due to driver incompatibilities – after trying numerous automatic troubleshooting processes, Windows 10 will remove the latest update whether it can’t be remedied.
When this happens, a notification will appear explaining that Windows 10 has removed some ‘recently installed updates to recover your device from the startup failure’.
The update that’s resulting in the issue will also be blocked from being installed automatically for Thirty days, where Microsoft will hopefully fix any difficulties with the update.
This new feature is welcome, because the general advice for people who have problems after installing an update is to uninstall the update to ascertain if that fixes things. With Windows 10 doing that automatically, it ought to mean people don’t waste a lot of time trying to get Windows 10 working again.
Obviously, Windows Updates ought to be fixing problems, not creating them, which is probably why Microsoft has very quietly presented this selection.
Based on Windows Latest, which discovered the documentation, Microsoft published the support document without any official announcement, also it apparently even blocked search engines like google from discovering the page.
Windows 10’s run of problematic updates continues to be embarrassing for Microsoft, which might explain why the company has quietly launched this feature. Hopefully future Windows Updates won’t be plagued by problems, so we’ll rarely check this out feature in action.