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Windows Update Is Installing Files Two Times On PC

By June 8, 2019May 21st, 2021Technology News

Microsoft continues to struggle where releasing smooth Windows 10 updates are concerned.

This latest OS update doesn’t contain file deleting problems, and it won’t give you the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.

It  it may however cause confusion, as some users are reporting that the update file is downloading twice.

The build in question is KB4494441. As with every other update to this point, everything you need is contained within this singular file, so the presence of two files is causing some head scratching.  If you download the latest and you happen to wind up with two copies, just delete one of them and proceed with the update normally.

As updates go, this one is fairly important and should be high on your acquisition list. It includes a fix for a serious, zero-day flaw in Windows 10, along with providing some protections for a newly discovered CPU side-channel flaw that could allow hackers to launch an MDS attack against you.  In addition to that, of course, you’ll find a raft of non-security-related improvements and fixes designed to further improve the overall Windows 10 experience.

It should be noted that if you happen to install both copies of the update file, no users to this point have reported any issues arising as a result, so you’re likely to be fine on that front. You will be out nothing more than the time it took to install the update for the second time.  Even so, it’s worth making sure your IT people are aware of it.

For their part, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and indicated that it only seems to be occurring for a small minority of the OS’s installed base.  There has been no word from the company yet on what caused the issue, or what is being done to make sure it doesn’t happen in future releases.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.