What it is: To keep a Windows 10 PC up to date, Windows 10 will automatically install updates whether you want them or not.
Here’s the problem with Windows PCs. When a new update arrives, not everyone updates their computers. That leaves security flaws wide open. To solve this problem, Microsoft plans to have automatically updating where each Windows 10 must install updates. This solves the problem of making sure every Windows 10 version is up to date, but it creates a new problem of what happens if an update messes up your PC?
To fix this problem, Windows 10 will offer the ability to block certain updates that don’t work on your particular PC. You’ll still need to download and update Windows 10 with every update, but the moment you find an update that messes with your PC, you can uninstall and block it from installing again.
This gives you the freedom of blocking updates known to cause problems with your PC, but creates a more central problem with PCs. To deal with troublesome updates, you need to become computer-savvy, and to block troublesome updates, you’d definitely need to become computer-savvy. yet most people don’t want to become computer-savvy any more than most drivers want to become their own car mechanics.
The fundamental problem with PCs is that they require constant maintenance. With a smartphone or tablet, you can use these devices without constantly maintaining them. Try ignoring the operation of a typical Windows PC for years and you’re bound to run into annoying maintenance problems from disk defragmentation to Windows registry errors. These problems aren’t hard to fix, but they can’t be ignored either. That’s the fundamental problem of a Windows PC is that it forces users to become computer-savvy whether they want to or not.
Is it any wonder why people are flocking towards browsing the Internet on smartphones and tablets? Because smartphones and tablets are far easier to use without understanding the technical operating system behind the way they work. No matter what Microsoft does with Windows 10, it still can’t work efficiently without a knowledgable computer user sitting at the keyboard.
Software updates inevitably break something eventually. With so many different PC hardware on the market, it’s impossible for every Windows 10 update to install flawlessly, which means updates being installed automatically and killing a PC. For a computer-savvy user, that just means uninstalling the troublesome update and blocking it in the future, but for the average person, they won’t know how to do this. Instead all they’ll know is that their PC was working just fine until the latest update killed it. Then what do they do?
Automatic updates will create problems for computer novices. That’s guaranteed. Even Apple has problems with their operating system updates killing working iPhones, iPads, and Macintosh computers. When you force updates on people, you’re guaranteed to force problems with updates that don’t work.
That’s the reason why Windows 10 won’t magically cause people to flock back to Windows 10 devices. Want a Windows 10 smartphone that automatically updates and then doesn’t work? Want a Windows 10 tablet that automatically updates and suddenly fails when you need it most? Want a Windows 10 PC that automatically updates and stops working? That’s what Windows 10 users can expect because operating system updates will never work 100% correctly.
Automatic updates seem like the answer, but they’re not. The ability to block troublesome updates also seems like the answer, but it’s not. Updates will cause problems whether it comes from Microsoft, Google, or Apple. Forcing updates on people is guaranteed to cause problems. Good luck with automatic Windows 10 updates. For most people, it will work just fine, but for a minority of people, it won’t and unless you become knowledgeable about computers, there’s nothing you can do about it expect keep taking your Windows 10 device in to an expert to help you fix it over and over again.