Don’t check for updates this Patch Tuesday to avoid getting the April Update

By: Costea Lestoc
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All supported versions of Windows get brand new monthly updates every second Tuesday. Patch Tuesday usually brings a lot of handy improvements and fixes and users usually head over to Windows Update just to make sure that their systems are updated with the latest goodies. It’s not recommended to skip updates because they frequently include necessary security patches. But now, it seems that things are a bit different and here’s now.

Don’t install cumulative updates via Windows Update

Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 April 2018 Update aka 1803. It will only start rolling out automatically to all Windows 10 users today, May 8. Eager users can still manually install the update via the Media Creation Tool or the Update Assistant. Starting today, Windows 10 version 1803 will show up for all users who enter Windows Update and hit Check for updates.

In other words, Microsoft just assumed that if you’re checking out updates manually, you also definitely want them on your system. But some users might not want to update the OS to version 1803 due to the various significant issues that have been found such as Explorer.exe crashes and more. Microsoft did not address that issue, and only Reddit users have found a few viable solutions for it. Such problems then require rolling back to the previous version of your operating system.

Install Patch Tuesday update manually

Other problems that have been found include a Chrome freeze, but fortunately, it seems that Microsoft is working on a fix for it. The fix will probably come today along with more new fixes. However considering how things have been going lately with the updates, it’s best to wait until others try the Patch Tuesday out first.

Long story short, if your system is running Windows 10 version 1709, then install tomorrow’s cumulative update manually. Version 1803 will get it automatically via Windows Update after it gets tested and retested.

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