Microsoft Fixes Windows 10 Update Install Loop Bug
As promised, Microsoft has issued a fix for Windows 10 users caught in the KB3194496 installation loop.It's been a rough several days for some Windows users, but Microsoft has released an update that puts an end to the perpetual installation loop caused by a recent cumulative update for the operating system. After downloading KB3194496 for Windows 10, some users flocked to the company's support forums to report that the update had trapped their systems into an endless update-error-restart cycle. "We've been working diligently on this issue and are finalizing a clean-up script that will fix the underlying issue preventing the install of KB3194496 (Cumulative Update 14393.222) for affected users," pledged a Microsoft forum moderator on Oct. 3. "Your patience during our research and subsequent work is greatly appreciated." Last night, Microsoft contacted eWEEK to report that affected users can download the script. "We became aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS," emailed a spokesperson. "We have created a solution to resolve this issue, which is now live and can be accessed here."
The Windows Insider program offers participants early access to upcoming builds of the Windows 10 operating system. (A similar program is available for Office users on both Windows and Mac.) In exchange for their feedback, "Insiders" get to take the latest operating system features and optimizations for a spin, well before they are released to the general public.