Silly, hasty Microsoft. The company’s tried very hard to make Windows 10 the most streamlined OS in existence, with mundane tasks like virus scans and system updates quietly ticking along in the background like clockwork.
In some ways, like the antivirus stuff, it’s come along very well, but in others? Not so much. Windows 10 updates are a perpetual cause of problems for a lot of users, so we’ve decided to create a regularly updated feed of the latest Windows 10 update problems: what are the issues, how to avoid them, and how to solve them.
Current issues include one of the more disastrous updates of recent years in the October 2018 update and a smaller update that’s causing Windows to forget changes you make to the file associations.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update Problems
Wiping contents of Documents folder | Audio bugs | Blue Screen crashes | Mapped Network Drive problems
[UPDATE] 16/11/18: Microsoft has re-released the October 2018 update (1809) with the original issues seemingly ironed out. However, some users are reporting that their mapped network drives have disconnected since the update without a way of getting them to reconnect.
Microsoft is aware of the issue but might not release a fix for this issue until 2019. Head further down the page to see how to roll back a Windows update or defer the update altogether.
10/11/18: The inspiration for this whole guide was the rather catastrophic October 2018 update for Windows 10 (version 1809). The update caused untold issues for Windows users – from BSOD crashes to sound issues, to deleting everything in your Documents folder.
The whole thing was such a mess that Microsoft actually had to recall the update and warn people to not install it. As of the date of writing this guide (which we note is no longer in October), the October 2018 update hasn’t been rolled back out to the public again. It’s probably for the best, though that does little to help those who’ve already lost their data because of it.
For those already on the doomed October update, Microsoft has issued fixes for the BSOD and audio issues, and if you haven’t lost your data in Documents yet, you’ll probably be fine. With that said, you can scroll down the page to see how to roll back this Windows build to a previous version.
Downgrading Windows 10 Pro users to Windows 10 Home
It’s been a bad couple of months for Microsoft, and the latest problem is another big one. Windows 10 Pro users on build 1803 and 1809 are reporting that a minor Windows update has been causing their paid-for Pro licenses to be revoked, downgrading them to Windows 10 Home.
The issue seems to occur for people who upgraded to Windows 10 from older Windows versions, rather than those whose PCs came preinstalled with Windows 10.
Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. Some people have reported that using the Activation Troubleshooter (Settings -> Update & security -> Activation -> Troubleshoot) has solved the issue.
Windows 10 KB4464330 Update Problems – Broken File Associations
As of this cumulative update from early October, plenty of users have reported that Windows isn’t remembering the new file associations they assign. For example, you try to set .mp4 files to always open with VLC player, but after you reboot your PC, the association just resets to Microsoft’s default “Films & TV.” (A devious conspiracy by Microsoft to keep us using its facile apps forever, perhaps?)
Microsoft has now spoken out about the problem and confirmed that it is working on a solution which should be released in late November. Note that because this is a minor update rather than a full build update, you can’t roll this update back. You can, however, prevent it from installing in the first place if you’re concerned about it. Scroll down to see how!
Check Your Windows 10 Build
Before looking into rolling back and fixing broken Windows 10 updates, you need to check which build of Windows you’re currently on which will confirm which issues are affecting you. To do this, just go to “Settings -> Update & Security -> View update history.”
In the new window click the arrow next to “Feature Updates” to see the version of Windows that you’re currently using, and click “Quality Updates” to see all the smaller “KB” updates you have installed.
How to Roll Back Windows 10 Updates
After every major update, Windows 10 gives you a ten-day window to roll back to a previous version of Windows. It’s a useful feature and should give you enough time to judge whether you have a problematic update. Of course, this won’t recover your files if Windows 10 deletes them, but at least you’ll be on a more stable version of the OS.
To do this, go to Windows 10 Settings, then click “Update & security -> Recovery.” Below “Reset this PC” you should see the option to “go back to the previous version of Windows 10.” Click “Get started,” then follow the steps to roll back Windows 10. Again, this option is only available for ten days after a Windows 10 build update.
How to Block and Control Windows 10 Updates
The first thing you can do to avoid getting the above update problems and more is to take over the control when your Windows 10 updates. This way you can hold off getting updates the moment Microsoft rolls them out, monitor the news for a bit to see if any major errors crop up, then manually do the update yourself.
There are several ways to take control of Windows 10 updates – depending on whether you have the Home or Pro version of the OS – and we have a guide talking you through disabling and scheduling Windows 10 updates.
Few things on PC are more frustrating than an update – ostensibly to improve performance – borking your system, but unfortunately Microsoft has form in this respect. It’s worth saying that the majority of users go through these updates without issue, but the majority isn’t enough when the consequences for the few can be so severe. Stay tuned here for the latest Windows 10 update issues, and leave a comment if you have new update problems to report – help may be at hand.