Windows 10 has update problems but not W7?

  wiganken2 16:55 10 Oct 2018
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I believe that Windows 10 is used on 28% of PCs and Windows 7 is used on 44% of PCs. It is well documented that Windows 10 updates regularly cause problems but nothing is heard about Windows 7 updates causing problems despite there being more computers running W7. I know there will have been some W7 update issues but not not enough to cause headlines like the scale of those reported for W10. What is it with W10? I believe W10 is a multi-platform OS so has this created compatibility issues making it too complicated? I am running W8.1 so my PC is in the minority and not affected but the W10 bad publicity puts me right off W10. I know at some stage I will probably have to move to W10 but, just for now, I find the question as to why W10 is so problematic a very interesting one. Any answers anyone?

  Quickbeam 18:36 10 Oct 2018

Never had a problem with W10, I find it the most stable OS ever from MS.

  Al94 18:41 10 Oct 2018

Been using W10 since it came out with no issues either with OS or updates.

  alanrwood 19:07 10 Oct 2018

Same here. Bite the bullet.

  wiganken2 19:26 10 Oct 2018

My question is not about individual user's experiences but refers to the numerous W10 update problems that have been reported by several professional websites since W10 came out. My point is that W7 has a lot more users than W10 and yet W7 has a lot fewer update problems. This must be the case or we would be hearing about them for W7. I am glad to hear you are happy with W10 but I know there are a lot of people out there who aren't. The latest October update deleted user's documents. My question ponders if W10 is a more complex OS than W7 and this complexity is the reason for the problems. Maybe W10 update reliability will improve by the time I need to use it.

  oresome 20:10 10 Oct 2018

Not had problems with W10 updates per se, but with slow computers and slow BB, ours seem to spend much of their lives downloading data for updates or actually updating to the detriment of using them.

My wife often gives up with the laptop because she uses it infrequently and just wants to use it for a quick ten minutes while she has a coffee. It's invariably downloading data when she turns it on or actually updating rendering it unusable in the timeframe she has available. Of course she turns it off in disgust and the cycle repeats in a week or two when it's turned on again.

  wiganken2 08:51 11 Oct 2018

The (huge) forced update issue has been around from Day 1 but it can be stopped so you can use your PC/Laptop for the quick 10 minutes that your wife uses it and then turned back on again afterwards. To do this use "Win Update Stop". A simple click will turn it off and another click to turn it back on again. Here is the link: - click here . It is not recommended to keep it turned off but it gives you control so you can switch it on when you know you have the time window to allow it to update. Hope it helps.

  alanrwood 10:32 11 Oct 2018
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Maybe the reason is that Win 7 has been around for many years longer than Win 10 and its updates are simpler as it is a simpler system to start with ie MS have had years longer to sort any problems out. I seem to remember that it also had problems with major updates so nothing is perfect. To be honest I have 10 Win 10 machines and rarely have any problems updating. On the very odd occasion I have experienced a problem (Only on individual machines, never the whole 10) I simply download the offline installer from MS and it always works.

  Al94 10:52 11 Oct 2018

The latest October update deleted user's documents. Seems they have identified the issue that caused the problem on a very small number of installs fix released

  alanrwood 16:03 11 Oct 2018

Not to everyone yet, only the Insiders Program

  Forum Editor 17:50 11 Oct 2018

"I believe that Windows 10 is used on 28% of PCs and Windows 7 is used on 44% of PCs."

I'm not sure where you got that information from, but it's not correct.

According to StatCounter (which is based on data returned by tracking code on over 2 million websites worldwide), the current market share statistics for Windows versions on all internet connected computers are as follows:-

Windows 10 - 49.98% / Windows 7 - 37.31% / Windows 8.31 - 7.4%

Older versions account for the rest. The tracking code records information from billions of page impressions - the browser being used, the operating system and its version, and the screen resolution of the visiting computer (desktops and laptops are lumped together). All that information is analysed and from it statistics are produced every month.

Like many others, I have never had the slightest problem with the Windows 10 update system.

You say that "nothing is heard about Windows 7 updates causing problems"

That's probably because Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended three and a half years ago. Security fixes will cease in January 2020 and that will be it.

In my book, Windows 10 is far and away the best Windows version ever - it certainly beats Windows 7 by a mile.

With respect, your post is full of misinformation. There will always be some computer users who have problems with Operating system updates, but you need to bear in mind that there are hundreds of millions of computers out there, built from thousands of different types and ages of hardware components and using millions of different software and device mixtures. Glitches are inevitable.

Apple has it much easier - the company makes the machines that run its software, so they can test updates against an infinitely smaller combination of circumstances and a very much smaller market share - currently only 7 out of every 100 computers sold are Apple machines.

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