The infamous KB4023057, a non-critical, non-security update is back. Windows 10 OS users, particularly on the older versions, are cautioned to be on the lookout for the update. The KB4023057 is periodically released by Microsoft to get Windows 10 OS users to update to the latest major or stable feature update.
Microsoft is quietly re-releasing the KB4023057 to Windows 10 OS users on multiple older iterations of the operating systems. In other words, most of the older versions of Windows 10, except the latest one, will be receiving the update in the next few days. In case the users strongly wish to stay on the older versions, it is important to avoid the same.
Microsoft Pushes KB4023057 Again to Enforce Windows 10 Upgrades?
Microsoft is in the process of sending out update KB4023057. The update is being sent out to the majority of Windows 10 versions that Microsoft released over the years starting with Windows 10 version 1507. The latest Windows 10 version to get this update is Windows 10 version 1909.
— Alain Picard Web Engineering & Cyber Security (@APicard27) August 29, 2020
According to the official Knowledge Base (KB) page for KB4023057, the update “includes reliability improvements to Windows Update Service components in consumer Windows 10 versions”, and it “includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10 that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed”.
Needless to mention, the description is quite long but isn’t much informative. The update may be useful to Windows 10 Home users who want to upgrade but are stuck owing to some issues with the Windows 10 installation or update process. However, for the majority of Windows 10 OS users on much older versions of the operating system, it is an intentionally made choice and not an issue.
Windows 10 OS Users Must Remain Vigilant And Avoid KB4023057?
While the KB4023057 update might seem helpful, Microsoft appears to be using the same to force Windows 10 OS major feature updates on users who wish to remain on an older version. In the past, Windows 10 OS users have claimed that the update may change the system’s settings in regards to the installation of automatic updates.
The update description highlights the fact that it would assist Windows 10 OS users to clear the path for an update to the latest feature update. However, it is rather vague as it does not provide details on the actual changes that are made to the system. In reality, the KB4023057 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.
Microsoft повторно выпускает патч KB4023057 для будущих обновлений Windows 10 https://t.co/mFly7bMdYs
— MSReview (@MSReviewNET) August 28, 2020
In other words, if users have deliberately altered the settings inside Windows 10 update page to block the automatic installation of updates, this update will undo the changes. As a direct result, users who have no intention of updating will end up getting all updates pushed to the system and getting them installed. Needless to add, it is near impossible to stop the updates from installing after the process has begun without causing some major damage.
Windows 10 OS users who are interested in updating to latest feature update but are facing some issues, must consider installing the KB4023057 update. The update has the ability to analyze the system, and remove some common issues that prevent Windows Update from functioning smoothly.