Microsoft blocking some Windows patches from manual download

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

May 10 is an interesting date: on this date, some Windows patches won’t be available for manual download. While updates for Windows 10 are usually delivered through Windows Update, some users have optioned to download updates via the Microsoft Download Center.

This is done usually to keep potential problems that might come with some updates away. Furthermore, some users do not want to install some features on their system. Basically, it gives computer users a great degree of control over what Microsoft installs on their device. Thing is, Microsoft could take this option away come May 10 and likely cause the pitchforks to rise.

Here’s what Microsoft had to say:

Updates have historically been published on both the Microsoft Download Center and the Microsoft Update Catalog and Security Bulletins linked directly to update packages on the Microsoft Download Center. Some updates will no longer be available from the Microsoft Download Center.

We’re glad that some updates will still be available through the Microsoft Download Center, but it would have been much better if no changes to this system was made in the first place. These changes will definitely limit users choice on what type of security updates to install among other things. Folks who rely on third party apps to keep their computers updated might also suffer.

The software giant is making things difficult for folks to ignore some of the standard Windows Update features, a move that might not go down well with the community. To make matters worse, Microsoft did not explain its reasons behind the changes. We can only hope users will still have the option to skip from downloading Windows 10 to their computers until they are ready to travel down that road themselves.

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