Windows 10 Mandatory Update Causing Reboot Loop – Get Your fix Here!

Windows 10’s uptake has been astonishingly successful and already accounts for approximately 3.55% of web traffic. However, negative press surrounding Microsoft’s data policy and lack of overall polish could affect the operating system’s reputation. Possibly, the most glaring example revolves around the KB3081424 update, released on Wednesday. This combines a number of smaller updates into one package to make the experience more user-friendly.

Unfortunately, the Microsoft forums are awash with users reporting issues with this update which causes an endless reboot cycle. This occurs as the installer reaches a certain percentage and fails before attempting to roll-back the process. Microsoft’s mandatory update system means this can lead to a reboot loop or makes the operating system unstable. One particular user, called BrettDM, described his personal experience:

“It downloads, reboot to install. Gets to 30% and reboots. Gets to 59% and reboots. Gets to 59% again and then states something went wrong so uninstalling the update. Wait a few minutes and reboot. Back to login screen.”

“This happens without fail, every single time.”

Essentially, the update can completely ruin your entire Windows 10 install as the operating system fixates on applying this buggy patch. There is a workaround but this involves manually altering the Registry. As a result, this procedure is only recommend to technically-proficient users:

Firstly, locate the search box and type “regedit” before executing the command. Then, navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”. Before continuing, backup your registry by clicking “File” and “Export”. Now, a number of profile IDs will be displayed such as S-1-5-18, S-1-5-19, S-1-5-20. Check each entry for “ProfileImagePath” and look for anything which doesn’t correspond to your user account. Once found, right click the profile ID and select “Delete”. Finally, close the program, and restart your computer.

Frankly, this whole situation is a mess but it’s not unexpected given how new Windows 10 is. While it’s had a rather lengthy Beta, this doesn’t adequately prepare for mass market adoption. Previously, I commended Microsoft for forcing online updates but situations like this have made me rethink my position.

Thank you InfoWorld for providing us with this information. 

Windows Community Working On Service Pack 4 For XP

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April of this year meaning no more security updates or OS patches. Despite the end of support Windows XP is still incredibly popular in the business sector such as on company PCs and even on ATMs, the latest figures suggest about 25% of PCs worldwide run XP. This high usage means that there is still an interest in making XP work, so it isn’t surprising that the Windows community is working on updating XP itself and there are even plans for an unofficial service pack 4.

Windows XP’s “Unofficial” Service Pack 4 will be developed by Ryan VanderMeulen who has a long track record of releasing fixes for Windows operating systems. The unofficial service pack includes many updates for Microsoft POSReady 2009, which is essentially the embedded version of Windows XP, as well as some custom updates and tweaks.

“Windows XP Unofficial SP4 is a cumulative update rollup for Windows XP (x86). It can be applied to a live Windows XP system which has SP1, at minimum, installed or it can be slipstreamed (integrated) in any Windows XP installation media,” the developer says in the description of its pack….It includes updates for most Windows XP components, including MCE and Tablet PC. Request-only hotfixes have been included. Currently, Microsoft .NET Frameworks 4.0, 3.5, 1.1 and 1.0 (Tablet PC only) are included in the Windows XP SP4 package. You can also scan for POSReady updates, because the POSReady trick has been included. In addition, all post-eol updates for .NET Framework 1.1, 3.5 and 4.0 until May 2014 have been included.” States the developer Ryan VanderMeulen.

The unofficial Windows XP update project isn’t new, it has been in the works since late 2013, though it has only started to gain popularity and recognition since Microsoft ended support in April. Unofficial patches have been rolled out in May, June, July and August so far. You can download the unofficial Service Pack 4 here.

Source: Softpedia

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Microsoft Still Offering Some Updates To XP Despite End Of Official Support

Microsoft has already made it fairly clear that it wants all Windows XP users to migrate to a newer OS. This is for a number of reasons including the extra revenue that will generate, the fact newer operating systems are better and easier to develop updates for. That’s why Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP on April 8th 2014, any other updates received will only be for customers who have purchased expensive extended support packages.

However, since the end of the support date Microsoft has already delivered a critical security patch designed to fix Internet Explorer problems on Windows XP. Furthermore, Microsoft also went ahead this month and delivered the June 2014 update to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows XP users. Microsoft has also recently pledged that all computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Security Essentials at the time of retirement would also continue to receive updates. However, without operating system updates Microsoft is still leaving XP users vulnerable to security threats even if it is keeping other XP Microsoft software up to date.

Source: McAkins Online, Via: Softpedia

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Microsoft To Deliver 14 Patches Next Week

On September 10th Microsoft will unleash a battery of Microsoft updates for its various products on Windows and Office users. There will be 14 updates delivered, four critical and ten important. All updates may require a restart and 7 are targeted at Microsoft Windows while the other seven are targeted at Microsoft Office. A few of the updates serve dual functions and update Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s .NET Frameworks and Microsoft’s Server Software.

You can find full details of the updates here. Microsoft recommends that all are installed as they are needed to address concerns associated with Remote Code Execution, Elevation of Privilege, Information Disclosure and Denial of Service…..and of course if you’re lucky these updates might help the NSA spy on you more efficiently!

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Microsoft Says You Won’t Need A Clean Install To Move To Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is getting ever closer as Microsoft is expected to unveil the consumer preview at the BUILD developer event on June 26th next week. Microsoft has been releasing some more details on the upcoming OS in an interview with TechTarget. Erwin Visser, general manager of the Windows commercial division, explained that consumers should install Windows 8.1 through the build in update mechanism and will not need to perform a clean install.

“One of the things we are advising with Windows 8.1 is for customers to update their OSes through upgrade bits instead of wipes and loads. This means that we are confident the upgrade process of the OS is created with Windows 8.1, and it will be much more lightweight for customers to deploy Windows 8.1 at least”

After users install the Windows 8.1 preview they lose all applications, including both desktop and Metro software, when making the final switch to the final stable release version of Windows 8.1. This means if you just want to test Windows 8.1 then don’t get too used to it because you will lose everything in the transition to the final release version.

“Taking also into account the ability to drive apps and hardware, we believe for Windows 8 customers to upgrade to Windows 8.1, it will be a relatively lightweight process — much closer to downloading or deploying a service pack than an upgrade”

Windows 8.1 should be available from October and will be a free upgrade for all Windows 8 license holders.

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Windows 7 SP1 Update to Be Forced Onto Everyone Today

The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update has been out for a very long time now, yet there are still a lot of users who have chosen not to take the update. However, if you are one of those users who has a phobia about making updates then your time and luck has run out. From today, March the 19th, Microsoft will be rolling out the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update through the Windows Update installer. The update brings improved security, better support and bug fixes for Windows 7. I have no idea why anyone would want to opt-out but even if you did the option will not exist – the update will be installed automatically as soon as you connect to the internet.

All customers with an RTM version of Windows 7 will gradually have the update introduced over the coming few weeks. Microsoft recommends that customers should ensure they have sufficient free disk space, that is 750MB for x86 (32bit) systems and 1050MB for x64 (64 bit) systems, and if they are using mobile/laptop devices they should ensure AC power, or enough battery life, is present for the installation process. The installation process itself will take longer than normal updates to install because it is a much larger and more substantive update than is normally done.

This update only applies to Windows 7 consumer PCs that are not managed by a Microsoft management tool such as Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or WSUS Server. SCCM and WSUS administrators still have full control over the release of Service Pack 1. Windows 7 RTM with no service pack will no longer be supported after April the 9th 2013.