Workaround for Windows 10 Cumulative Update (KB3124262)

So — I’ve been running Windows 10 as a clean install for a few months now and up until two days ago — was generally happy with the stability and increased performance.

Then the KB3124262 “cumulative” update hit — and I’m changing my opinion on Windows 10 altogether. Here’s why.

Unlike previous versions of Windows, with Windows 10 there is no longer a user-configurable way to avoid installing updates. Updates are automatically downloaded — and installed.

For others who have had a different problem with KB3124262 — that has meant an endless loop.

The sequence is hardwired — with no opt out. The update automatically downloads — and then automatically installs when a user powers-down. If — as has been the case for some — the install get’s stuck, the user is put into an endless loop.

My problem is slightly different — and I found a temporary workaround. As with all Windows 10 Home users, the KB3124262 cumulative update file downloads and installs at power-down. When I powered back up, however, the problem was different in that I lost the Windows Start button and Taskbar. I could, however, still get to the control panel — and I was able to revert to an earlier restore point.

BUT — and here’s the workaround — I can’t power-down completely because then the install is initiated and the same problem reoccurs at boot-up. That’s ok because I don’t need to power-down — I can just use “sleep-mode.” As long as I use “sleep-mode,” the older version (from the restore point) is intact.

There is still a risk — if the desktop crashes and forces a hard restart, for example — but at least I’m ok for now. The challenge — as with all things Microsoft — is awaiting a fix to the patch. Best I can tell — that’s not likely to happen soon since I have found nothing on the Microsoft website that acknowledges a problem. Other sites are reporting both problems.

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