Microsoft pushes out KB4023057 yet again to force Windows 10 feature updates
Written by KNRadio on August 31, 2020
Having made a conscious choice to avoid upgrading to the latest build of Windows 10, anyone installing KB4023057 will be disappointed to find that the patch ultimately results in build 2004 being installed. The update applies to many builds of Windows 10 — specifically 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903 and 1909 — showing just how eager Microsoft is to get more people upgraded to the latest version.
Microsoft explains that the update “includes reliability improvements to Windows Update Service components in consumer Windows 10”. The company goes on to say:
It may take steps to free up disk space on your device if you do not have enough disk space to install Windows updates.
This update includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10 that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed. These improvements help make sure that updates are installed seamlessly on your device, and they help improve the reliability and security of devices that are running Windows 10.
What this means in practice is that Windows may run the Disk Cleanup tool to free up space, as well as compressing files. While this is something that you may feel uncomfortable having done for you, it is noted that “this update may try to reset network settings if problems are detected, and it will clean up registry keys that may be preventing updates from being installed successfully”.
This means that Microsoft is actively ignoring clear decisions taken by users, so if you do not want to be forcibly upgraded to a newer build of Windows 10, the advice is simple: avoid KB4023057.
People are still under the misunderstanding that they can do what they want with an O/S. You don’t own it, you didn’t buy it, you only have a license to use it as they see fit, which means you must comply. Few if any actually read the TOS, but essentially, resistance is futile.6 •Reply•Share ›
Sounds like the hilarious Win10 setting for automatic driver updates… The description for not accepting their random driver decisions aka “No” is “your device might not work as expected”. Exactly backward.
I’ve always wondered if Microsoft could be held liable in some form for the actions of botnets formed from exploited unpatched Windows PCs. I suspect forceful updates are a preemptive attempt to show that they are doing all they can to mitigate the possibility.2 •Reply•Share ›
Bet MS messes up again and costs 1,000’s of users to suffer dataloss…again. Forcing a build of windows on users is just insane. What if you have software that does not run on 2004? What if that software is out of support/service and has no upgrade path? MS not only is costing users money and time, they are opening themselves up to litigation.2 2•Reply•Share ›
I have to complain about Microsoft’s poor customer service but when it comes to windows and the applications, I have no complaints. What most don’t understand is they may break a few eggs to make that win 10 omelet but at least they’re innovating. Until Linux is stable enough to run on anyone’s PC we should appreciate Microsoft’s efforts. I for one, will appreciate disk cleanup and registry maintenance done for me as I have been complaining about the settings being reset every time I install updates.2 2•Reply•Share ›
At this point Microsoft is no different than Google in wanting to obtain as much information from their users as possible. Information and control is what Software company and especially those who make Operating Systems are after. Nobody can convince me otherwise at this point. •Reply•Share ›
If you have a business don’t be cheap and buy Windows Enterprise to avoid updates that could potentially kill your PC. And as a Windows user, I see this kind of articles every month and the ones about “why you should drop Windows”. They are full of shit. I have more problems with my RGB software than with the OS. I’m even a Windows Insider and none of their updates since launch has caused as many problems as this “tech knowing people” say. It just proves that news pages are willing to hire anyone to write for them. So lame •Reply•Share ›
But, the bargain in buying the license is that the product does function correctly, that at least the system is able to boot up & allow the functions of a modern OS. Internet connectivity; browsing; gaming; etc. Microsoft has put themselves at risk of a massive class-action lawsuit with the incessant, mandatory “updates” (inadequately tested sabotage), that create PC system misbehavior & weirdness; random crashes; failure to boot up; ad nauseam. If they want to adopt the Linux model, okay. But at $150 a pop, Microsoft needs to get it’s Windows sh*t together. •Reply•Share ›