Latest update to Windows 10 Anniversary causing installation woes for some


#Windows10 #Redstone2 – Latest update to Windows 10 Anniversary causing installation woes for some : Microsoft rolled out this week the seventh Cumulative Update of fixes to Windows 10 Anniversary Update since the Anniversary (1607) version of Windows 10 began going to customers on August 2.

This week’s Cumulative Update, Build 14393.222 (aka KB3194496), is causing installation issues for some users. I don’t know how many are affected – it’s definitely nowhere near “all” – but reports are coming in on Twitter and in Microsoft support forums from those who can’t install the update, resulting (at least for some) in an endless loop of repeated attempts.

The failure is annoying enough. But a few of those affected have pointed out that when Microsoft first delivered this update to its “Release Preview” ring of Insider testers at the start of this week, some testers reported the installation failure/reboot issue.

Despite those reports, Microsoft still pushed this update out to those not in the Insider program, meaning those like me who are running the RTM (release to mainstream) version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Unsurprisingly, this issue is triggering a round of “What’s the point of Insider testing?” questions. It looks to some like Microsoft is just ignoring Insider feedback.

As I’ve noted, Microsoft does collect a lot of data when it pushes out a new build to testers and/or to the mainstream, and gets almost immediate intelligence on what’s working, what’s breaking and how many people are affected, which enables them to throttle updates and new feature releases.

Unfortunately, when you’re in the “affected” group, it doesn’t feel like Microsoft’s paying much attention. And given the company is about to start rolling up lots of fixes and updates for Windows 7/8.x users as of October’s Patch Tuesday, this latest issue is adding more worries to the already-worry-heaped plate of some IT Pros.

I’ve asked Microsoft if and when the company expects to make available a workaround or patch for this latest Cumulative Update for those on whose machines it won’t install. No word back yet.