Microsoft blog recently announced a substantial change in the manner that Windows 8 Updates occur. The Windows 8 RTM version and Windows Server 2012 RTM version will contain a control over the update behavior. As Microsoft explained the new OS will have a “new restart logic that defaults to forcing a restart 3 days after the installation of updates instead of 15 minutes.”
This new feature is meant to give users a three day head-start, so as to avoid data loss from leaving their systems without saving the data. Manu users found the lack of control upsetting enough to consider whether to uninstall Windows 8 from their systems. This update change took away some IT controls over the current behavior of updates.
Hence, Microsoft released an update on October 8, which gives back control to RTM version users of these two OSs. Microsoft commented, “This update returns the ability to discretely control when Windows Update installs updates, and adds the capability to force a restart soon after those installations regardless of whether there might be an active user session.” IT shops will be able to push their updates for installation.
Soon organizations will be able to remove old updates from WinSxS directories on client machines running SP1 of Windows 7. Since these directories tend to grow in size from all update files, Microsoft introduced the Windows Update Cleanup feature to tackle this issue. The WinSxS folder will be able to reference a machine’s update history and determine recent ones.
An announcement on the blog warns, “Important note: After performing this cleanup, you may not be able to uninstall any of the updates currently applied. However, if you need to rollback to a previous version, you can still manually apply the previous version of the update.”
The Windows Update Cleanup helps in clearing away a couple of gigabytes worth of memory, which is a good advantage for your system.
With the Windows 8 upgrade, it seems that Microsoft is trying to win its customers back. Many users had plans to uninstall Windows 8 due to its unwieldiness and unnecessary functions, but things are looking better for Microsoft. If Microsoft keeps upgrading at such levels I guess Windows 8 might not be a failure. They should also increase security patches, else many more users would uninstall Windows 8.