Microsoft Says It Will Stop Annoying Windows 10 Users with Random Reboots


Windows 10 is probably the only operating system that comes to mind whenever someone mentions "annoying updates." Microsoft has continued to introduce a number of changes to reduce that annoyance and make the process seamless. However, despite the operating system having turned 3-years-old, it is yet to stop frustrating its users.

As many of our readers have pointed out, Windows 10 always seems to start its update-reboot process when you are in the middle of something, aggressively reducing your performance. The operating system also has the ability to spot the idle moments when a computer isn't being used and use that duration for reboots. But, what if you just moved away from your machine for a quick coffee and had to deal with a system rebooting to install latest updates?

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While the company previously introduced the ability to snooze installation, complaints continue to pour in. It appears Microsoft may finally have found a solution.

Dona Sarkar to the rescue of Windows 10 users

Announcing the first test build from 2019 Windows 10 version and a Redstone 5 Insider Preview Build, Dona Sarkar, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider Program, wrote that the company is addressing Windows Update annoyances with future releases.

"Have you ever had to stop what you were doing, or wait for your computer to boot up because the device updated at the wrong time?" Microsoft wrote (emphasis is ours).

We heard you, and to alleviate this pain, if you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive. We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is. Meaning, that we will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after.

The company is essentially going to predict if a user is actually in the middle of a task and just away for a coffee run and stop the system from rebooting itself. As for its accuracy, Microsoft said that it has been using this model on internal devices with promising results. "Due to the nature of its architecture, we’re able to update the model with minimal turnaround time based on our insights from its performance," the company explained. "It’s all thanks to our cloud infrastructure."

Do you think Microsoft has finally cracked the code and this new predictive system will actually be able to distinguish whether you are away for just a few moments or gone for hours? Let's hope it does and the years-long battle is finally over.

- Earlier this month: Microsoft’s Overhaul of Windows Update Process – Attempt No. 3958887