One of the major strengths of Windows is the timely manner in which they release system updates. However, with the new Creators Update (Redstone 3) due to be released at some point this year, users are still facing the same problem they have been for some time.
When Microsoft pushed out a mysterious driver for the current Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 this week, it immediately started causing problems. The update was listed as “Microsoft – WPD – 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM – 5.2.5326.4762”, confusing users as to what exactly had happened and therefore making it more difficult to rectify the problem themselves. According to sources online, the update was the driver for Windows 10 mobile devices.
For those using Windows 7 and 8.1, the update came as an option that had to be manually installed and even if they installed accidentally, users could restore their system to an earlier date to erase it. The problem comes for those using Windows 10 – a system that installs all available updates automatically and without prior warning. Windows 10 does not create restore points automatically therefore to remove the driver, this feature had to be manually enabled.
It’s not all bad news, though. Microsoft were quick to address the issue on Answers Forum:
“An incorrect device driver was released for Windows 10, on March 8, 2017, that affected a small group of users with connected phones or portable devices. After installation, these devices are not detected properly by Windows 10, but are affected in no other way. We removed the driver from Windows Update the same day, but if the driver had already installed, you may still be having this issue.”
The new Windows Creators Update should bring more control to Home users, giving them the opportunity to delay updates but as it stands, Windows 10’s approach to updates has the benefit of keeping the system up to date but it does rely on Microsoft making sure that every update is 100% bug free for every PC hardware combination out there. Currently, Windows 10 users have no way of protecting themselves against potential mistakes.