Microsoft on Thursday is about to debate the way forward for the Home windows desktop. (Prepare for Home windows 11.) Earlier than that occurs, I’d like to offer Microsoft with some unrequested suggestions from an IT admin perspective on what nonetheless must be fastened in Home windows 10.
First, can now we have a traditional human readable Windowsupdate.log — please? Initially,m we have been instructed the log file was modified to a PowerShell convertible occasion log to save lots of house on the arduous drive. However given the bloating of the WinSXS folder in Home windows 10, that justification appears a bit hole. Within the meantime, while you use the PowerShell command Get-WindowsUpdateLog cmdlet, the ensuing occasion log is tough to parse and perceive. Microsoft? Carry again a plain textual content occasion log.
Whereas we’re at it, within the occasion logs can we get updates in KB quantity format? At the moment, they present up with GUID numbers — and it’s at all times arduous to correlate KB patch numbers and GUID numbers. Microsoft, it’s time to deliver again plain textual content KB numbers in occasion logs. Or at the very least present some form of software to make it simpler to diagnose points.
Subsequent, we want a software to actually repair Home windows replace points. Whereas Home windows 10 desktops could be fastened with both a restore set up excessive on desktops or by putting in a characteristic launch, these of us which have GUI based mostly server installs are caught with sfc /scanow or DISM instructions that always don’t work. Meaning in case you have a server with a singular line of enterprise function, specialised SQL installs, or techniques which can be a complete ache to rebuild, reinstall or recuperate, choices are restricted. How a few software to actually diagnose what’s improper with Home windows replace and truly restore the component-based servicing when it has points.
Subsequent, when a characteristic launch arrives and it received’t set up, are you able to present a extra apparent analysis of the issue? Telling us the machine just isn’t worthy isn’t useful. Home windows 10, particularly, is very depending on up-to-date BIOS and drivers; if they aren’t out there, there are sometimes negative effects. Living proof: the notorious Conexant audio driver problem that blocked the set up of Home windows 10 2004. On some machines. The one workaround supplied was to let the set up proceed, let it fail, after which attempt the set up once more. What was actually happening beneath the hood is that in the course of the first failed set up, the Conexant audio driver was eliminated, permitting the second set up to work. It could be higher if the set up course of may proactively flag an offending driver and put together the system correctly for a characteristic improve.
On a associated notice, if there’s a particular cause a characteristic replace just isn’t being supplied to my machines, let me know. Digging by setup logs and panther logs doesn’t make it apparent what’s improper or lacking.
Subsequent, it’s time to reenable sure default features as soon as allowed us to higher restore the working system. Beginning with Home windows 10 1803, the Registry is now not mechanically backed up. Till 1803, the working system would place a backup of the Registry in WindowsSystem32configRegBack; that approach, if the registry grow to be corrupted, you possibly can get a replica and restore it. Sure, you possibly can manually reenable it by going to HKeyLocal machine>System>CurrentControlSet>Management>Session Supervisor>Configuration Supervisor, including the worth of EnablePeriodicBackup, and typing in REG_DWORD with a price of 1. (That is spelled out in documentation.) Now, restart the pc.
Including that key will mechanically create a scheduled job within the MicrosoftWindowsRegistry folder. Microsoft notes that “this transformation is by design and is meant to assist cut back the general disk footprint measurement of Home windows. To recuperate a system with a corrupt registry hive, Microsoft recommends that you simply use a system restore level.” As soon as once more, arduous drive house is used as an argument to eliminate a probably life-saving characteristic. Microsoft, put this characteristic again and simply be up entrance concerning the minimal necessities wanted for a base set up of Home windows 10.
System restore factors are now not emphasised in Home windows 10; in case you have a smaller arduous drive particularly, system restore factors are sometimes disabled — it’s important to manually reenable them. And I like to recommend you double verify the setting after every characteristic launch js put in to ensure the setting you supposed has been stored. Microsoft’s enterprise focus clearly reveals an assumption: that customers will usually redeploy working techniques relatively than make repairs. I’d wish to see extra emphasis on higher methods to restore Home windows that transcend a redeployment.
Lastly, I’d like extra apparent choices for establishing Home windows 10 with out connecting it to a Microsoft account, and extra methods to choose out of telemetry. Each time a characteristic launch comes out, I take a look at to ensure I can nonetheless set it up and not using a Microsoft account (it’s important to guarantee there is no such thing as a web connection as you arrange the OS). I’m additionally beginning to see pushback that an excessive amount of non-public data collected with telemetry is being shared to distributors. Privateness is more and more seen as essential by customers who dislike sharing data with web sites. How many people have surfed on-line solely to see the identical commercials pop up on websites we acquired? Apple not too long ago added software monitoring transparency to its iOS platform; it particularly permits you restrict monitoring of your exercise throughout different corporations’ apps and web sites.
Microsoft ought to comply with swimsuit. I’d wish to see extra privateness and telemetry choices supplied as you arrange Home windows 10.
So what’s your suggestions to Microsoft? Be happy to weigh in on Askwoody.com as we await Home windows 11.
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