Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 10 has faced a lot of criticism due to the heavy download size of its updates. In the wake of the issue, Microsoft announced that the new updates will follow a new pattern. According to this, only the new files will be downloaded and installed on the system. Previously, the update utility used to download all the files essential for the update even if the duplicate of the file already existed in the system.
Insiders and Normal Users
It was shared by Bill Karagounis, Director of Program Management for the Windows Insider & OS Fundamentals division, that this new Unified Update Platform (UUP) will greatly reduce the size of upcoming updates. However, the benefits are not equal for Windows Insiders and non-insiders, as the Windows insiders will experience a 65% decrease in the update size, while the non-insiders will experience a 35% decrease. The main difference between the two is because the regular Windows 10 users do not receive updates as frequently as the insiders do. Due to this, normal Windows users will still receive updates sized bigger than the ones received by the insiders. In any case, the pressure on bandwidth of both users will decrease remarkably.
Non-insiders will receive the new UUP updates as part of the next incoming updates. In other words, the latest update that the non-insiders will receive will include the UUP update (smaller size).
Giving Control to the Users
Lately, Windows has taken control over all of the aspects of updating the operating system. This includes downloading the updates without approval, restarting the system and installing the updates without notifying the user. This has not been going well with many Windows users, however, with the arrival of the UUP users will be given most of the control over how and when they want to download and install updates.
While describing the changes in the update service, John Cable said that before the Creators Update, all the decisions regarding updates were made by the Windows itself. This included downloading and installing updates and rebooting the computer without notifying the user. As this issue became a great problem for users, Windows has decided to give the control back to the user so they can choose when to install updates.
The Windows Creator Update will provide users with a snooze button which will postpone the update for 3 days so that the users can use their device when they want to and forget about the update for as long as 3 days. Besides that, users will be able to schedule the timing of the installation of updates and use their device whenever needed.
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Windows officials claimed that:
“We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time”
As far as this statement is concerned, reboots are disruptive at any given time if the user doesn’t want to reboot the machine, because once your device gets rebooted, it will take a lot of time to install the updates and launch all the programs once again.
Unexpected reboots have been a big problem for a very long time. Even though Microsoft is aware of the problem, no action has been taken to eradicate it. However, different Microsoft programs and many other softwares now come with a restore feature through which users can restore their data if the system experiences a sudden shutdown. Microsoft is aware of the issue but chooses to keep silent about it while it constantly finds new ways for overcoming the loss faced due to unexpected shutdowns.
There is almost no difference between an unexpected shutdown and an unexpected reboot as both lead to the loss of data. Being a multi-billion dollar organization, Windows users expect a lot from it but the choice of neglecting this issue has put a question mark on the face of the company.
Source: Extreme Tech