The final products are not perfect. The same goes for Windows 11 or Windows 10 as well. Sometimes, issues caused by Windows Updates are so serious that Microsoft takes down the Update. That brings up the question for all – Should you manually Check for Updates or wait for them to be offered to you!?
Should you manually Check for Updates or wait for them to be offered?
Many times, rather than waiting for the update to be offered to our PC, we manually Check for updates and install the offered updates.
It has been observed that the Check for Update button may deliver updates which acan result in issues.
Microsoft has recently shared more details where it has talked about three types of Windows Updates. B, C, and D.
- B updates are released in the second week of the month
- C updates are released in the third week of the month
- D updates are released in the fourth week of the month.
Patch Tuesday or B release Windows updates
Patch Tuesday or B release Windows Updates pass through multiple programs, including Windows Insiders Program, Security Update Validation Program, etc. There are two types of B releases.
- First, that is in the Public domain through the Pre-release Validation Program, Depth Test Pass, Monthly Test Pass, Windows Insiders Program, and the Security Update Validation Program.
- The other is an invite-only program that enables them to validate the impact of security fixes in their labs before the B release.
C and D Windows Updates (usually Optional)
These updates are primarily for commercial customers and advanced users who want or are looking for an update as soon as possible. Microsoft says that-
The intent of these releases is to provide visibility into, and enable testing of, the non-security fixes that will be included in the next Update Tuesday release.
Now, here comes the important part. These updates can be downloaded by anybody by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and clicking the “Check for updates” box.
In short, a simple click on Check for Updates can make you a tester, and let you download updates which should be rolled out in Patch Tuesday!
Unplanned Releases/On-demand releases
Microsoft has also shared that Microsoft rolls out updates that don’t follow a standard release schedule. These are also called as On-Demand releases, which can’t wait for the next monthly release. The devices must be updated immediately either to fix security vulnerabilities or to solve a quality issue impacting multiple devices.
More Transparency on Windows Updates
Most of the crucial details of any update were available only in “hard to figure out” KB articles. Microsoft is getting more transparent about Windows Update through its Windows Update History page. If you check the history, you can see the current status, and previous updates status as well.
When issues are resolved, they are marked as Resolved, if not, they are marked as Upgrade block in place. You can notice that the block is still applicable for PCs with these issues:
- Intel display drivers versions 188.8.131.5244, 184.108.40.20645 where Intel has accidentally turned on unsupported features in Windows.
- Computers using F5 VPN clients. They tend to lose network connectivity when the VPN service is in a split tunnel configuration.
- The issue with Trend Micro’s OfficeScan and Worry-Free Business Security software.
- Computers with AMD Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 series graphic processor units (GPUs). They are no longer supported by AMD anymore.
The last issue seems to be concerning. Users have reported that Microsoft Edge tabs stop working when a device is configured with AMD Radeon HD2000 or HD4000 series video cards. Some may get “INVALID_POINTER_READ_c0000005 (atidxx64.dll)“. At the same time, others experienced performance issues with the lock screen or the ShellExperienceHost.
As of now, there is no workaround for these issues.
If you press ‘Check for updates’, you may be offered Windows Updates that are not fully baked. Therefore, if you are a regular end-user, it is suggested that you stop using the ‘Check for Update’ button, and update your Windows 10 PC only when updates are offered to your system – as such updates are expected to be completely stable.