Windows 10 | Cumulative Update KB3194496

 

Few weeks back I have decided to stop receiving the insider builds for Windows 10 as I hardly found anything interesting that needs such huge volumes of downloads and my precious time! (A bit prudish here). Well it was all easy…not entirely. Even after leaving the Insider program for this particular PC, I kept watching the Windows Update program trying to download the subsequent builds and miserably failing to install them. Fortunately for me, this PC is mostly used as a media center, hooked to my TV.

To stop receiving the newer builds, I unlinked my Live account finally and deleted the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder after disabling Windows Update for a short period.

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Then I realized that I had this issue with a cumulative update KB3194496! Each time I tried update, the lengthy process will fail with “we couldn’t complete the updates, undoing changes.”

After few days search, I came across this link through “Bing”, the greatest search engine EVAR invented by a man!

Though there were many other POSTs explaining some different types of fixes, I opted to go with the solution provided by Microsoft, running a small .msi file downloaded from this link

I had a reason for choosing this fix, as I “was” an Insider while the patch was downloaded and failed the first time. Whatever, after running the .msi and answer with “A” to the prompt in the command line, I downloaded and installed the update without any issues. You may try the same, if you are/were an Insider!

 

regards,

rajesh

Windows 10 | Anniversary update Version 1607

Hi guys

There were loads of hype about the first major update Microsoft released for their Windows 10 operating system. While desktops are yet to receive the update through Windows update, many laptops and notebooks were first in the line to receive the update by early August 2016.

As usual, this huge update brings many new features to the relatively new OS that is still evolving. Personally I feel it is a mobile OS, sized for desktops and laptops as Microsoft cannot ignore the corporate/development segments.

One of the major leaps are with the Ubuntu based Linux subsystem, that works perfectly fine & until date, the max I have used it for was to access our Linux servers through SSH. Yes, it works :)

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So what exactly the objective behind this post? If you have already noticed, I have started this blog to list the bugs of Windows 7 and to post possible solutions to many of the issues Windows 7 survived for years without any proper fixes…then I realized there were better sites dedicated for the OS and slowly shifted my attention towards Oracle based developments and technologies. Once again, as the OS is fresh and buggy, I have decided to choose few topics and to start posting my experiences.

Version 1607, Build 14393.82 AKA anniversary update did break most of the other installed Microsoft, Including Office Suite 2013. The maximum affected suite components were Microsoft Outlook and Excel & as the updates were only available for laptops, we were able to overcome the issues by patching the systems with additional patches provided by Microsoft windows update channel.

While data/internet charges are getting cheaper by date, many may not be bothered by the volume of data used for downloading these additional patches, which are still being pushed to those machines which were updated to 1607, countries like India where majority cannot afford huge downloads will find the update landing them in hot soup, as without the patches to iron out the bugs with 1607, the total OS will be shaky and buggy, making it frustratingly annoying to live with.

Does it mean you shouldn’t update? definitely no. You must update when Microsoft eventually pushes it to for your desktop machines and once after the updates are in place, you have a better “Defender” that started appearing at the right notification area with a shield symbol and does a better job (?)

Hope the above helps few out there to plan the 1607 update properly and to be prepared for huge data consumptions!

 

regards,

rajesh