Microsoft has recently started rolling out Windows 10 20H2 (October 2020 Update) and in six months’ time, Windows 10 21H1 will arrive. With such a fast-paced, twice-annual update cycle, it can be hard for Windows 10 PC owners to keep up. Certainly, Microsoft wants you to update to the newest version as soon as possible, but that may not always be the best idea.
Simply put, Microsoft has a horrendous recent track record. Most major Windows 10 feature updates arrive with a lot of bugs. Whether you are an organization rolling out an update across devices, or just a single PC owner, deferring Windows 10 updates for a few weeks or months is actually a good idea.
That sounds counter-intuitive. Surely the newest version of the platform is the latest and greatest? Well, not always because getting a major update stable takes some time. Many major updates cause issues and for users that’s not good news. No one likes going about their usual business of watching movies, getting work done, browsing, playing at casino UK venues, or editing only to find Windows is slow or crashing. That is a frustrating situation that many early adopters of Windows updates find is happening time and time again.
In many instances, a new Windows 10 update makes the platform buggy, unresponsive, and in some cases completely non-functional. Why is this happening? After-all, Microsoft is the biggest software company in the world, shouldn’t it know how to deliver a stable update?
The answer is yes, at least partly. Microsoft is somewhat to blame for consistent broken Windows updates reaching users. However, that is not the whole story and it is arguably Microsoft is already doing as much as it can.
Let’s break it down. Firstly, Microsoft has done a lot over the Windows 10 generation to try to make updates more stable. In many ways, the creation of the Windows Insider Program was all about making Windows builds stable before they reach end users.
If you are unfamiliar with the Insider Program, it allows users access to early pre-release Windows 10 builds to test features before they are released. In return, users provide feedback on builds to help Microsoft make improvements before full launch. It sounds good on paper, so why does Windows 10 have more bugs and issues than previous Windows versions?
It seems either the Insider program is not working, or the platform is so overloaded with issues Microsoft cannot tackle them all. Certainly, the company’s decision to treat Windows as a platform as a service (PaaS) has little benefit. It always feels the company is rushing to keep up with its commitment of two annual updates when one single yearly update would make more sense.
Let’s not trach Microsoft completely because the company deserves some sympathy. Windows 10 is like few other platforms. It is on literally billions of devices around the world, most of them in enterprise settings. Simply put, rolling out an update on the scale Microsoft does is no easy task and one could argue bugs and issues are simply par for the course.
If that’s the case, there is one-way users can avoid the problems through the early release of an update… don’t update! Avoid installing a Windows 10 update in the weeks after its initial release. Give Microsoft time to stabilize the build, squash bugs, and make an overall more stable experience.