Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10 Update can give a "bugcheck"

On a Toshiba Satellite Laptop, which had converted from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 without difficulty, I allowed the conversion to 10 Anniversary Update.

The startup and restart are much slower, and a couple times required hitting the power button an extra time.

On one occasion the computer restarted after getting a "bugcheck", and then looped in the restart.  I got it to come up normally by holding down the power button for at least five seconds.

Toshiba Service Station has pestered me to uninstall and reinstall a new version of some specialized firmware, which I do not understand .

One problem is that Microsoft (unlike Apple) has to work with to many vendors.  When rolling out massive operating system changes, problems with firmware are inevitable.  Many home users don't have the coding or technical skills to maintain all this on their own, the way corporate IT departments would have.

In its effort to add unusual interactivity for users (and embellish the chat assistant Cortana, who is rather like an AI science fiction character) Microsoft is creating a world that many ordinary users don't have the necessary technical skill (aka Edward Snowden) to maintain.

On a travel notebook Lenovo (whose keyboard is connected by Bluetooth, which sometimes fails until the keyboard's own battery is recharged) Windows 8.1 did a update on shutdown which hung.  I hit the power key and it booted up normally and canceled the update.  I then deleted a few big unnecessary files since the
solid-state hard drive is relatively small, and an update while the machine was still on worked normally.

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