Windows 10 is in a rut. The platform has been hit with a number of issues in latest weeks and companions have been making issues even worse. But now an vital new Windows 10 warning (and the failure behind it) falls squarely on Microsoft’s shoulders.
Picked up by the ever-excellent Ghacks, Microsoft has issued a warning to all its 800M Windows 10 customers severe and long-running bug within the platform shouldn’t be truly a bug in any respect. Instead, the issue was launched “by design”. And it’s worrying on a number of ranges.
What Microsoft confirms it did was quietly swap off Registry backups in Windows 10 eight months in the past, regardless of giving customers the impression this important safeguarding system was nonetheless working. As Ghacks noticed on the time, Registry backups would present “The operation accomplished efficiently“, regardless of no backup file being created.
Backing up a registry is a vital final line of defence for a lot of companies and on a regular basis customers. Should a Windows System Restore level fail, barring the usage of third-party software program, the registry backup is all you could have. And but Microsoft has now spelt out what was truly occurring:
“Starting in Windows 10, version 1803, Windows no longer automatically backs up the system registry to the RegBack folder. If you browse to the WindowsSystem32configRegBack folder in Windows Explorer, you will still see each registry hive, but each file is 0kb in size.”
Windows 10 1803 was launched in October and, regardless of the difficulty being flagged to Microsoft in its Feedback Hub service on the time, solely now’s the corporate coming clear about what occurred. Ironically, this disclosure comes simply two months after Microsoft pledged to provide Windows 10 customers extra “management, high quality and transparency“.
So why has Microsoft executed this? In the corporate’s personal phrases: “to help reduce the overall disk footprint size of Windows”. And how large is a registry backup? Typically 50-100MB.
In an especially belated try to put issues proper, Microsoft has detailed a workaround. Ironically, it entails modifying the registry however this may undoubtedly have come too late for customers who, of their hour of want, found the registry backups Windows 10 informed them have been “completed successfully” have been nothing of the kind.
In latest months Microsoft has intensified its try to maneuver lots of of hundreds of thousands of Windows 7 customers to Windows 10. But it’s actions like this, which is why lots of them will resist to the bitter finish.
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