One of the new features of Windows 10 is that home users will be graced with automatic software updates - whether they like it or not.
Which should be great news, most of the time. After all, there’s a huge problem with consumers not keeping their desktops and laptops properly updated with security fixes, and malicious hackers exploiting those devices in response.
No more update headaches for home users - huzzah!
Well, don’t cheer too quickly. Because what if a software update actually causes problems? Would you really want no choice about that being pushed out onto your computer?
After all, there’s a reason why businesses don’t automatically roll out updates across their networks - and aren’t being forced by Windows 10 to succumb to automatic updates.
You can probably guess what has happened…
As Forbes reported last week, many computer users are up in arms over a driver update to their Nvidia graphic cards that was pushed out to their computers running Windows 10.
This has hardly left a great early impression amongst for Windows 10 users who took to online forums to complain of crashes, glitches, and in some cases PCs failing to boot up entirely after the driver update was pushed out by Windows Update (WU).
— Chris123NT (@Chris123NT) July 24, 2015
In previous versions of Windows Update, driver updates were classified as optional. Not any more…
Now ZDNet’s Ed Bott reports that Windows 10 testers may wish to try a “well-hidden troubleshooter package” that crucially allows you to choose which Windows Updates and driver updates get automatically installed.
In his ZDNet article Bott also recommends that users check that their Windows 10 PCs are running System Restore, and create a restore point before installing any new patches - just in case they need to roll back again in the future.
That seems sensible advice to me, even if it may be beyond the ken of some less technical home users of Windows 10.
My advice generally would be to not rush into installing a brand new version of any operating system - let other people do the “live” beta-test of it, wait a while until you’re sure that the biggest wrinkles have been ironed out, and always back up your data so if the worst does happen, you can recover.