Can Microsoft repair Windows 10 before getting Windows 11?

Microsoft will discuss the future of the Windows desktop on Thursday. (Prepare for Windows 11.) Before that, I’d like to give you a few comments that Microsoft didn’t ask for from an IT admin’s perspective on what needs to be fixed in Windows 10.

First, can it be in a format that can be read by normal humans? Windowsupdate.log – – Please?? Initially it was said that the log file has been replaced with a convertible PowerShell event log to save hard drive space. However, given the bloated WinSXS folder in Windows 10, its legitimacy seems a bit hollow. In the meantime, using the Get-WindowsUpdateLog cmdlet with the PowerShell command makes it difficult to analyze and understand the resulting event log. Microsoft? Returns the event log in plain text.

In the meantime, can I get updates in KB number format in the event log? Currently they are displayed by GUID number – and it is always difficult to associate a KB patch number with a GUID number. It is time for Microsoft to return the KB number in plain text to the event log. Or, at the very least, provide a tool to aid in diagnosing the problem.

Then you need the following tools Really Troubleshoot Windows update issues. Windows 10 desktops can be repaired by performing a repair install on the desktop or installing a feature version, but if you’ve installed a GUI-based server, the sfc / scanow or DISM commands often don’t work. .. This means that if you have a server with your own business role, a special SQL installation, or a system that is very difficult to rebuild, reinstall, or restore, your options are limited. What about a tool that actually diagnoses what’s wrong with Windows Update and fixes component-based services if something goes wrong?

Then, if a feature release comes along and doesn’t install, can you provide a clearer diagnosis of the problem? It doesn’t help to say the machine isn’t worth it. Windows 10 in particular relies heavily on the latest BIOS and drivers. If they are not available, they often have side effects. Suitable example: An issue with the infamous Conexant audio driver that blocked the installation of Windows 10 2004. Some machines. The only workaround offered was to continue with the installation, fail, and then retry the installation. What was actually happening internally was that the Conexant audio driver was removed on the first unsuccessful install and the second install was working. It would be best if problematic drivers were pre-flagged during the installation process and the system was properly prepared for feature upgrades.

As a related note, please let me know if there is a specific reason why feature updates are not available on my machine. Examining the installation and panther logs doesn’t tell you what’s wrong or what’s missing.

Then when the operating system can be better repaired, re-enable some default features. Since Windows 10 1803, the registry is no longer automatically backed up. Until 1803, the operating system placed a registry backup in the Windows System32 RegBack configuration. This way, if your registry gets corrupted, you can get a copy and restore it. Yes, you can manually re-enable it by going to HKeyLocal Machine> System> CurrentControlSet> Controls> Session Manager> Configuration Manager, adding a value for EnablePeriodicBackup and entering REG_DWORD with a value of 1. Statement in the document..) Now restart your computer.

Adding this key automatically creates a scheduled task in the Microsoft Windows registry folder. Microsoft said, “This change is by design and is intended to reduce the overall size of Windows’ disk footprint. To recover a system with a corrupted registry hive, use a system restore point. Again, hard drive space is used as an argument to remove potentially vital functionality. Microsoft is rolling back this feature and frankly talking about the minimum system requirements for a basic Windows 10 installation.

System Restore points are no longer highlighted in Windows 10. If you have Especially small hard drives, System Restore points are often disabled – you will need to re-enable them manually. We also recommend that you recheck your settings after installing each feature version to ensure that your expected settings are maintained. Microsoft’s corporate orientation emphasizes the assumption that users typically redeploy their operating system rather than fixing it. Beyond redeployment, I would like to focus more on better ways to fix Windows.

Finally, we need more obvious options for setting up Windows 10 without signing into a Microsoft account and more ways to turn off telemetry. Every time a feature is released, we test that it can be configured without a Microsoft account (you need to make sure you don’t have an internet connection when setting up your operating system). There is also a backlash that personal information collected by telemetry is being shared too much with vendors. Privacy is becoming more and more important for users who don’t like sharing information with websites. How many of us have surfed online just to see the same ad appear on the site we have? Recently apple More transparency in the follow-up of applications To the iOS platform. Specifically, you can limit the tracking of activity on third-party apps and websites.

Microsoft should follow suit. We hope to offer more privacy and telemetry options when setting up Windows 10.

So what your Comments to Microsoft? Don’t hesitate to consider Waiting for Windows 11.

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