It is normal for even the latest operating system release to receive new updates, but early adopters of Windows 10 have found that Microsoft’s first patch has completely broken some of the computers it has been installed on.
The problem arises when a machine is tricked into a reboot loop that it can’t stop.
Codenamed KB3081424, the update is a “cumulative” one that contains a number of different fixes for the type of bugs and security issues that are commonly found in any new OS.
However, Microsoft’s attempts to improve user experience have had the opposite effect, and many users have found their machines frozen and unusable.
The problem is caused by the update forcing a reboot but then failing to install and then trying to start the process all over again.
Windows 10 has a feature that “pushes” security updates out, so many people are finding that the problematic patch is being automatically downloaded to their computers.
Posts on Microsoft’s forums report that a registry edit can fix the problem, but meddling with one of the most important basic aspects of an OS is far beyond most users’ skills.
Moreover, system files such as those surrounding the registry are hidden by default, which means that many users would not even know how to access them.
The problem is most likely to be solved with a further update. Microsoft is reportedly working on a fix, which they hope to release as soon as possible.
In the meantime, Windows 10 users who have not yet been affected by the patch could save themselves potential problems by turning off automatic updates.