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#262240 12-Jan-2020 09:02
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I week ago Windows 10 updated itself to a new version, which took about 45 minutes. Among other problems it totally broke sound on my system completely (just keeps insisting speakers aren't plugged in), and so I rolled it back to the previous build (as I have done before), which fixed all the issues.


Previously when I have rolled back it Windows has been smart enough to know that the build I question didn't work, and to not try installing an update until a new build is available.


Now, every time I restart my machine it decides to install the same broken update, which I have to wait around 45-55 minutes for with multiple machine reboots, and then I have to roll it back to the previous build again so that Windows actually works.


I am now on my eighth update/rollback cycle for the same broken version of Windows in eight days. Which is becoming incredibly annoying.


Is there anyway to stop the insanity of Windows continually reinstalling the same broken update over, and over, and over?

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  #2390479 12-Jan-2020 09:09
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what build of Windows 10 do you have installed?


did you look for updated sound drivers after the feature update?

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  #2390480 12-Jan-2020 09:10
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At the very least, you can pause your updates for 7 days.


Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.



  • You can also try to see what is available under Advanced options.
  • You can also disable the Windows Update service for now. Note, that this is not a recommended long term solution.
  • You can also try to delete the contents of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download & have your PC re-download the updates.


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  #2390491 12-Jan-2020 10:11
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As already mentioned above have you checked for updates audio and video drivers? My pick would be this being a very likely candidate for the issue rather than the update being "broken".


Remember drivers are completely separate from Windows updates and typically don't auto update themselves. You just need to click on "update driver" from device manager.

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  #2390556 12-Jan-2020 11:09
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Have you tried uninstalling speaker drivers and then unplugging speakers before performing O/S update.


When all done plug in speakers and see if the drivers etc reinstall correctly.

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  #2391015 13-Jan-2020 14:10
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I had this with my soundcard and basically I've dumped my Creative soundcard and plugged the on-board Realtek back in as Creative have discontinued my soundcard and won't keep drivers up to date.

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  #2391089 13-Jan-2020 15:11
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Just to put clarity on what’s happening, when windows 10 does these ‘feature’ updates every half year or so really what’s going on is that it’s re-installing the entire OS (while keeping your personal bits).

The re-install does some funky stuff to drivers, usually you will have to uninstall and re-install from the vendor if a device isn’t working as intended.

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  #2391116 13-Jan-2020 16:27
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That reinstall crap cost me my storage space because it installed a generic driver for my esata card that didnt handle port multipliers, so when it came up it only saw the first drive in each box, and with only 4 of the 9 drives it wouldnt mount.


When I went in there to look it told me that I needed to update my storage space which I assumed was why it wasnt working. But that just totally screwed it up because it only updated the drives it could see. THen when I realised the driver was back to the generic AHCI one and fixed that, the remaining drives were not updated so it saw it as a seperate broken storage space.


FFFFFFffff so now have to re-do it and decide what to bother restoring vs just forgetting about.


Really over this forced update BS.


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