In a recent column, I discussed the Windows 10 Version 2004 update and how it might be best to avoid installing it for now, or at least until a majority of its bugs have been noted as being resolved.
In that column, it was also recommended that if you’d already installed the update then you should also install any and all follow-ups you receive because those should fix a number of those aforementioned bugs in a sort of step-by-step fashion (if you were experiencing any, that is, since not everyone has).
In addition, several readers asked what they could do to safeguard themselves against issues an update might cause in the future if/when it were to be installed.
With that in mind, here are some recommendations:
First of all, backup your system.
This is done so that you’ll be able to restore your data easily if the update were to wreak havoc on your system and you had to perform a factory reset.
Having said this, this is rarely the case with any update, including the Windows 10 Version 2004 update, but it does happen on occasion and as such this step serves as an important precaution — and really it should be part of your computing habits anyway. So consider this added incentive to start a backup policy for your system, either to an external drive or a cloud-based system such as Carbonite or OneDrive.
Tips on backing up your data can be found at this URL: https://www.howtogeek.com/242428/whats-the-best-way-to-back-up-my-computer/
Another suggestion is to create a restore point to a date that is not tied to an update.
While restore points often get created when updates are installed, those points tend to last for only 10 days because that’s the length of time the developer believes it takes for a user to notice a problem and undo the update.
Of course, as we all know from experience, that’s not always the case — so by setting up general restore points, for today’s date for example, you create a fixed point that should not be impacted by an update’s restoration restriction and should be able to be used in the future if need be.
Instructions for doing so can be found at this URL: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-system-restore-windows-10
Finally, much of what’s written above becomes easier when you are able to control when your updates take place.
To do this, you need to configure your Windows Update Console settings so that you are able to decide when updates download and install on your system — versus dealing with them on their terms.
Of course, it should be noted that utilizing this setting is in no way a justification for putting off updates in the future. It merely allows you to choose when to download and install updates so that you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to handle them — or that you can put them off if you need to, as in the case for the Version 2004 update.
Instructions for doing this can be found at the following URL: https://www.dummies.com/computers/computer-networking/network-security/how-to-change-windows-update-settings/
Please note: This is just a basic list of what can be done to better prepare yourself for working with updates (and their potential fallout). It is in no way comprehensive, however. For more information on how to work with Windows Updates, please visit this URL: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12373/windows-update-faq
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This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Computer help: How to prepare yourself for working with updates