KB3081452, KB3081448, KB3081449 Updates Released for Windows 10 sans Details
Microsoft has released three new patches for its flagship Windows 10 operating system. Most Windows 10 installations may already have the updates installed. As Microsoft has changed the way Windows 10 installs updates so most users may not be even aware about them. But that is not why these new updates are in the news. The real issue is Microsoft did not show much information about the updates. May be not a big deal for users who do not check the details before updating. System administrators and users who like to know what updates are getting into their computer systems are not happy with this new approach of Microsoft.
The updates in question are the following ones:
- KB3081448: Cumulative Update for Windows 10 for x64-based Systems – This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10. This update replaces the previously released update KB3081444.
- KB3081449: OOBE Update for Windows 10. This update improves the Windows 10 out-of-box experience (OOBE). This update applies only to the Windows 10 OOBE process and will be available only when that OOBE updates are installed.
- KB3081452: Compatibility update for upgrading to Windows 10. This update makes improvements to ease the upgrade experience to Windows 10.
That is the details of the updates later released by Microsoft after users took to Reddit and other mediums complaining about the lack of any details. All the hush about the latest updates are making most privacy and security conscious Windows 10 users uncomfortable. It is not a secret now about Microsoft spying on everything users are doing on their Windows systems.
Now that the company started issuing updates and patches without any details are making users more paranoid. After all nobody, even if “they do not have anything to hide” may not accept the amount of spying the company is doing on its users in the name of improving its operating system. With no easy way to opt out of the spying other than using third-party software to block them, many users are downgrading to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Although, Microsoft will spy those Windows editions too after the following updates are installed:
- KB3068708: This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.
- KB3022345 (replaced by KB3068708): This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet been upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.
- KB3075249: This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels.
- KB3080149: This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.
As a user, you may wonder what options you have against all this. Well, for a start you can use a tool released by Microsoft that allows Windows 10 users to hide and block Windows Updates and driver updates. As an extreme measure you can altogether ditch Windows and install Linux on your system for a perfectly secure system that respects and protects your privacy. Let us know about your thoughts on the latest updates and Windows 10 through comments below.