More Windows OS updates bring more problems to your computer. The October 2018 update of Windows 10 has been pulled by Microsoft because some of the user’s personal files have been removed or deleted on their computers. But, this is just the most prominent and recent issue because previous Windows 10 updates have caused some problems as well.
For instance, millions of webcams became broken when the Windows 10 Anniversary update was launched due to a released patch from it. Other than that, computers have turned to blue screen when there’s a connected Kindle device because of the Anniversary update.
Hardware-specific problems have been reported as well when some users installed a major update on Windows 10.
Other than Windows, Apple is experiencing some issues and update bugs as well. iPhone users can’t type the letter “I” when they updated their phone to iOS 11.1. While many people got stuck on the Slide to Upgrade button when they updated their iOS to 9.0. Other than that, a lot of iPhone users also experienced broken Touch ID and cellular connectivity in iOS 8.0.1 update.
Android updates had some issues as well, especially on Google’s Pixel smartphones. Updates have made some of the user’s smartphones charge and unlock slower than before. As a result, a lot of people who own these smartphones really struggled.
The Actual Beta
Apple, Microsoft, and other similar companies have beta tests that catch these types of problems before a stable release will be hit. Apple has betas for public and developer, Google has the Android beta program, and the Insider Preview program is built for Microsoft.
But, even with these betas, bugs still able to penetrate the cracks on the updates. What’s worse is that these bugs are left unnoticed until the stable release. As a result, the first stable release of each update looks like it’s just a part of the beta-testing process.
The Staged Release
You will also become a beta-tester when you install a new stable release of the update as soon as it becomes available.
For instance, Microsoft only rolls out a new Windows 10 update to a small number of users at first. The elementary features of Windows 10 will be used by Microsoft to see how well the update is working on some computers after users installed it. They do this so that before Microsoft rolls out the update further to a wider range of users, they can fix any problems that they can find. For instance, an update was found having issues with specific hardware. Before the update reaches all PC users, it may take months or even a year.
Windows update may decide that you’re one of the first Windows 10 users to get the new OS update. But, if you go to the Windows Settings app and choose the Check For Updates option, Windows will know that you want the new update.
This strategy worked when the update from October 2018 was released. However, as mentioned above, personal files of users have been removed or deleted on their computers. Your files will not be at risk if you will not ask Windows to install the new update. But, when Microsoft learned about this problem, they immediately took action and fixed it. So, as intended, the process still worked smoothly.
The Full Consumer Release
The second release or the staged release we have explained above is still considered to be a sort of a beta program even when the update was spread out to all the users. In other words, you’re a beta tester that tests the update so when the company finds an issue, they can fix it until the software becomes stable. Apple and Microsoft allow companies to delay update installations until it is better tested by consumers.
You have an option to defer major feature updates if you have Windows 10 Professional. For instance, for up to 120 days, you can defer the October Update. After all, it should be stable after that time. Other than that, you can select what channels of updates you want. Computers are on the Targeted or Semi-Annual Channel by default. Your computer will receive the update later than the others because it is in the Semi-Annual Channel.
According to the interface of Windows 10 Settings, if your computer is on the normal targeted channel, then you will get an update when it is ready for most people. But, if you’re on the normal Semi-Annual Channel, you will receive an update when it is ready for widespread use.
The difference between the two channels is that when the normal targeted channel receives an update, you will definitely get a lot of bugs. Now, Microsoft will fix those bugs once it has identified all of them. After that, they will be offering the updated to organizations and businesses. The more rock-solid version of Windows 10 can also be acquired by organizations and businesses if they choose the LTSB or long-term servicing branch version, which is only updated once every two or three years.
Apple allows companies to do the same. It lets them delay any iOS updates for up to 90 days if they want. This will enable Apple to fix the bugs on time before the update reaches businesses and organizations.
The reason why all of this happens
In the past, updates are being released after a year or two. For instance, users are using Windows Service Pack that lasts for four years. But, these types of updates are already gone because nowadays, companies want to make their operating systems full of new exciting features continuously. Since cloud services and websites can quickly add new features and change things on their platforms, companies want to do that as well.
However, when it comes to operating systems, things are a little complicated, especially when we’re talking about operating system updates. Unlike cloud services and websites, operating systems don’t work the same. Operating systems interface together with the software and hardware of your device. When you update operating systems, problems may occur more as well. Even phones can’t get rid and control bugs from appearing on their updates.
This is not a new phenomenon because, in the past, system administrators tell consumers to wait until the service pack 2 is released before installing the new operating system of Microsoft, which can last for years. But now, you will get a new operating system update from Microsoft every six months.
What Should You Do?
Since security updates are very important, we don’t recommend you to avoid all the updates completely. Updates contain security patches to fix security holes so your data will remain safe, so updating your operating system is still required.
However, you should be careful when installing updates. Do not immediately go to the Windows Update panel and click the Check for Updates button when a new update of Windows 10 is released. This will just notify Microsoft that you want the update and it might select you to be a part of the beta testers.
Wait for a couple of weeks first before installing a new update and look for reviews online about it to know if there are issues that occurred during the first few weeks. On the other hand, consider deferring updates for a few weeks if you have Windows 10 Pro so that you can prevent Windows from installing updates automatically.
Also, wait for a couple of days when Apple releases a new operating system for its new Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Let other consumers try and discover if there are new bugs on the update first. This will help you skip the restoration of your Mac from Time Machine or downgrading your iPhone through iTunes.
For Android updates, the same caution should also be applied. Let Google do its thing first before installing the new update. Always remember to not skip to the front of the update queue.
As we’ve mentioned above, the October 2018 Update of Windows 10 has removed or deleted a lot of users’ personal files. This just means how updating your operating system immediately can affect your devices and your data. That is why you always have to be prepared and make sure to back up all your files so if something goes wrong, your precious files won’t be at risk.
We’re always encouraging users to backup their files not just before operating system updates, but before a normal software update, too. A normal software update can go wrong and your device might get infected with viruses and malware.
Other than that, your hardware could just suddenly die, your office or home could go up in flames, or a power outage could take out your gear. When these scenarios happen, there’s a big possibility that your files will not be retrieved. So, always remember to back up your files regularly.