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From: Madison Martin <maddymartin@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 16:02:10 -0500
Microsoft Issues Warning For 800M Windows 10 Users Gordon Kelly Senior
Contributor Windows 10 is in a rut. The platform has been hit with multiple
problems in recent weeks and partners have been making things even worse.
But now an important new Windows 10 warning (and the failure behind it)
falls squarely on Microsofts shoulders. Windows 10 users have been exposed
to a worrying new vulnerability Picked up by the ever-excellent Ghacks,
Microsoft has issued a warning to all its 800M Windows 10 users that a
serious and long-running bug in the platform is not actually a bug at all.
Instead, the problem was introduced by design. And its worrying on
multiple levels. What Microsoft confirms it did was quietly switch off
Registry backups in Windows 10 eight months ago, despite giving users the
impression this crucial safeguarding system was still working. As Ghacks
spotted at the time, Registry backups would show The operation completed
successfully", despite no backup file being created. Backing up a registry
is a crucial last line of defence for many businesses and everyday users.
Should a Windows System Restore point fail, barring the use of third-party
software, the registry backup is all you have. And yet Microsoft has now
spelt out what was actually happening:
Starting in Windows 10, version 1803, Windows no longer automatically backs
up the system registry to the RegBack folder. If you browse to the
WindowsSystem32configRegBack folder in Windows Explorer, you will still see
each registry hive, but each file is 0kb in size.
Windows 10 1803 was released in October and, despite the issue being flagged
to Microsoft in its Feedback Hub service at the time, only now is the
company coming clean about what happened. Ironically, this disclosure comes
just two months after Microsoft pledged to give Windows 10 users more
"control, quality and transparency". So why has Microsoft done this? In the
companys own words: to help reduce the overall disk footprint size of
Windows. And how big is a registry backup? Typically 50-100MB.
In an extremely belated attempt to put things right, Microsoft has detailed
a workaround. Ironically, it involves editing the registry but this will
undoubtedly have come too late for users who, in their hour of need,
discovered the registry backups Windows 10 told them were completed
successfully were nothing of the sort. In recent months Microsoft has
intensified its attempt to move hundreds of millions of Windows 7 users to
Windows 10. But it is actions like this, which is why many of them will
resist to the bitter end.
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