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Microsoft May Stop Forcing Windows Updates In Upcoming Windows 10 Release

By September 11, 2017March 1st, 2023Technology News

Microsoft has been under fire for forcing its legion of Windows 10 users to automatically receive security updates for the OS.

The level of outcry against it has been loud and constant, and finally, it looks like the company is listening to its customers. They promised that starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update, your machine will no longer display subtle reminders about updates, then proceed to install them automatically. Going forward, the user will have full control over what updates are installed, and when.

It’s not hard to understand why Microsoft took the approach they did.

One of the biggest reasons that cyberattacks succeed is the fact that users (both individual and Enterprise) simply aren’t very good at keeping their software up to date. In fact, a recent report revealed that the vast majority of successful data breaches could be traced back to security flaws that were at least three years old, and more than half of those could be traced back to security flaws that were at least a decade old.

Even so, clearly, the company’s user base has no interest in being forced into accepting an update, even if doing so would save them a world of pain down the road.

As noble as the company’s intentions were on that front, the bottom line is that it’s not Microsoft’s job to protect users from themselves. Their user base was clearly up in arms about the automatic updates, and the company just decided they didn’t want to continue taking the PR hit by insisting on it.

All that is to say, you’re now on your own. Microsoft has officially decided to get out of the business of automatically updating your OS (Windows 10). If you had been relying on that to give yourself one less thing to worry about, it’s time to shift gears and put it back on the radar.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.