Windows 10 is a pretty great operating system. But one thing about it that bugs most users are the constant Updates, many of which require a system reboot. But it looks as though Microsoft is well aware of the hassle caused by this. Which is why they’re reportedly working on making updates more seamless and remove the requirement of reboots altogether.
Nick Parker, the Corporate Vice President of Consumer and Device Sales at Microsoft, revealed the plans at Computex 2019 in Taipei earlier this week. He published a corresponding blog post updating on the latest from Microsoft. In the blog post, he wrote the following about Microsoft’s plans to make updates more “seamless”:
“..Enablers include seamless updates – with a modern OS updates are invisibly done in the background; the update experience is deterministic, reliable, and instant with no interruptions!”
How It Could Work
The blog post doesn’t explicitly mention how Microsoft will achieve the no reboot update. But they could possibly apply the same approach as they do with the Office 365 update. In Office 365, users are quietly reminded that the app cannot be updated while it is still open. This means the user to free to close the app at their own time, after which the updates will promptly be installed.
If Microsoft can do something similar with Windows Updates, it will be a big deal for a lot of users. And not just that, but Microsoft could also send patches and updates more frequently if they’re done in the background and are sure not to bother the users.
Is It Necessary?
As annoying as they may be, Windows Updates are great. Windows 10 is perhaps the most secure and advanced operating system by Microsoft. And the updates help keep it that way.
But truth be told, if the average user had the option to turn this feature off and just avoid the hassle of having to reboot the system every now and then, they totally would do it. Of course, you can’t turn it off. But that just goes to show how much of a nuisance this feature can actually feel like.
And Microsoft has been working through the years in making the update process more of a “background” thing. You can now postpone the update installation by a few days. This can be helpful when you’re in the middle of doing something and wouldn’t like to be bothered for a few days. And you can also setup “quiet hours”. This will prevent Windows from notifying you about updates during set hours.
But no matter what you do, you will eventually have to give permission for the update and the subsequent reboot. Ugh! We know the feeling. We too have our fingers crossed for this “end of the reboot” promise by Windows.