Users of Microsoft‘s Windows 10 operating system knows the struggle and frustration when it comes to Windows Update – there’s now no option to disable it completely (just snooze for a number of days), as well as its abrupt installation of updates when you are actually using your computer, leaving your work-time disturbed, and users being frustrated.
The aggressive approach to installation of updates made by Microsoft was slammed by users of Windows 10, and while they can’t put an end to it by just simply putting an option to completely disable update installation just like what Windows 7 had, they are now using new technologies such as machine learning to aid on, preventing scenarios such as Windows update installation and reboot prompt popping out in the middle of a crucial presentation or in the middle of gaming sessions.
Finally, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and said:
“We heard you, and to alleviate this pain, if you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive,” says Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar.
A predictive model using machine learning has been trained by Microsoft which will be used to accurately predict when is the best time to restart your device for update installation.
“We will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after,” Sarkar adds.
The company has been testing the predictive model internally, and has saw promising results. It also gets continuous updates as it is being cloud-based. They are now opening the said model to Windows Insider Program so that people who test beta versions of Windows would further test it and provide feedback.
The predictive model for Windows update will be in the latest Redstone 5 updates (codenamend 19H1) released to Insiders today with other features such as Emoji 11, Mixed Reality Flashlight as well as fix for some known issues.
We’ll just hope that it would finally fix the frustration with regards to Windows updates.