Problems with the new Windows Update mechanism in Windows 10 have come to light just before the official launch of the new platform, prompting Microsoft to release a tool that prevents some updates installing.
Windows 10 is set for its big launch on 29 July. The problem has arisen because Windows 10 is set to automatically download and install any updates that Microsoft pushes out via the Windows Update service.
This is a change from the model in previous versions of Windows, where users could select which updates were installed.
The situation is different for business users, who will have access to an alternative update mechanism called Windows Update for Business.
Microsoft said that this is to ensure that as many systems as possible are up to date with security fixes and feature updates. It is part and parcel of the Windows-as-a-service model that will see Windows 10 continuously updated so that it evolves over the lifecycle of the product.
However, experts had warned that, if an updated driver or patch caused unforeseen problems, users would be unable to stop the update installing.
This has now come to pass with an update delivered to testers on the Windows Insider test programme in the past few days which caused a crash when the user tried to performing some actions in the Control Panel.
Meanwhile, an issue with updated video drivers from Nvidia has also reportedly caused problems for some users with multi-monitor configurations.
The problems have led Microsoft to issue instructions on its support website about how to prevent an unwanted driver or update being installed.
The firm has also made available a troubleshooting tool to temporarily prevent the problem driver or update being reinstalled until a new version or an updated fix is available.
This provides a user interface for hiding and showing Windows Updates and drivers for Windows 10, thus allowing users to once again have some measure of control over which updates are installed.
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