Microsoft has revealed that it removed the November update for Windows 10 after the company found that the new version inadvertently reset users’ privacy settings.
Earlier this week, the Redmond update for Version 1511 disappeared off of Microsoft’s official media content tool, the Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File). This tool caters to IT professionals who manage multiple PCs to the extent that it enables them to create a single “.ISO” image of the operating system, which they can then install to each of the computers under their charge using a DVD or USB stick. As noted by The Register, this process saves both time and bandwidth.
Once the newest update for Windows 10 disappeared, administrators were left with installing the July launch edition of Windows 10 and then loading a number of patches using the static Windows Update feature onto each and every computer.
Microsoft, which last week warned of the Strontium hacking gang, has since explained why it removed Version 1511 from its media content tool:
“Recently we learned of an issue that could have impacted an extremely small number of people who had already installed Windows 10 and applied the November update (Version 1511),” the Redmond company explains in a statement. “When the November update was installed, a few settings preferences may have inadvertently not been retained for advertising ID, Background apps, SmartScreen Filter, and Sync with devices.”
Put in simpler terms by Peter Bright of Ars Technica, the update essentially loaded a fresh install of Windows 10 onto users’ machines and reset their privacy settings.
Following its statement, Microsoft has released a new update for Windows 10 that preserves users’ preferences. It is also currently working with those who have all ready installed the now-removed update to restore their older settings.
This quick reaction comes on the heels of Microsoft’s more proactive efforts to address users’ privacy concerns regarding Windows 10.