Windows 10 Reliability Update Released Again As Microsoft Windows 7 Nears End Of Support Life?

The latest stable update to Windows 10 contains an interesting component. The Windows 10 May 2019 Update includes the KB4023057 cumulative update. Incidentally, this is the same update that Microsoft had pushed to Windows operating system users earlier this year. It seems Microsoft is attempting to ensure the road for Windows 7 OS users who want to upgrade to Windows 10 is as smooth as possible. According to the company, the resent KB4023057 cumulative update is an attempt to resolve any issues that might prevent the installation of the latest operating system. Microsoft insists the update ensures Windows 10 updates to the latest and stable feature update without issues.

Even as several Windows 7 OS users steadily hold onto the same, Microsoft is attempting to ensure they experience a smooth transition to Windows 10. Microsoft Windows 7 is rapidly approaching its official end of support life. Microsoft will stop sending out security and cumulative updates to Windows 7 from January 14, 2020. Incidentally, the number of upgrades and successful migrations to Windows 10 continues to climb, and the latest OS from Microsoft recently gained a respectable lead ahead of Windows 7.

Microsoft Resends The KB4023057 Cumulative Update In Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Microsoft apparently wants to maintain the momentum, and prevent hindrances during the upgrade process. Hence it appears the company has once again included the KB4023057 cumulative update. In an official support page that clearly justifies the reinsertion of the update, Microsoft noted that KB4023057 improves Windows Update Service components. Moreover, the company insists that update is applicable, valid and important to all the major and stable Windows 10 feature updates including versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803 and 1809.

The KB4023057 cumulative update is technically supposed to comb through the Windows OS installation and detect problems hindering the update process. The update can reportedly also troubleshoot most of the problems that usually cause Windows 10 update process to end abruptly. Officially, Microsoft claims the KB4023057 update implements the following solutions to address common issues faced while updating Windows 10:

  • Maintain Reliable Network: 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.
  • Correct OS Components: This update may repair disabled or corrupted Windows operating system components that determine the applicability of updates to your version of Windows 10.
  • Free-Up Disk Space To Install Updates: This update may compress files in your user profile directory to help free up enough disk space to install important updates.
  • Reset Update-Database: This update may reset the Windows Update database to repair the problems that could prevent updates from installing successfully. Therefore, you may see that your Windows Update history was cleared.

Should Windows 10 OS Users Be Concerned About the KB4023057 Cumulative Update?

Windows 10 OS users currently on the May 2019, or as it popularly referred to as, the Windows 10 1903 version, need not be concerned about the update. Since their OS installation has successfully updated to the latest Windows 10 update, the KB4023057 cumulative update could be redundant. However, the reintroduced update does have some concerns for everyday users.

As Microsoft clearly mentioned, the KB4023057 cumulative update compresses the user profile directory. Incidentally, the company insists that the compression process is executed to temporarily free up space. Microsoft has assured users that their user profile directory will be decompressed after Windows 10 is updated. It is not clear why Microsoft would deploy such a technique and risk the user profile directory. This is especially concerning because Microsoft confirmed earlier that Windows 10 feature updates would ensure enough disk space is available before installing. Moreover, the company clarified the updates will display a notification warning users about the lack of storage space before making any changes.

It is quite apparent that Microsoft is being overly cautious about deploying the large feature updates to Windows 10. Most previous deployments have caused some issues to Windows 10 users, some of which were quite severe. As a consequence, Microsoft has significantly scaled back its deployment tactics and even included the provision to delay major updates from being installed immediately. Moreover, it is important to note that Microsoft will soon start automatically updating systems running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update to the new version too.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.