Microsoft released its most significant update yet for Windows 10 update in November, but the software release isn’t bug-free. In fact, it seems that Microsoft pulled the November build due to various bugs, with one of them being particularly annoying: Windows 10 can apparently delete apps without asking the user.
The fact that Windows 10 can automatically remove apps shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, Microsoft did reveal early on that Windows 10 will have this unique capability, especially when it comes to deleting illegal apps and games.
But Windows 10 is also deleting apps that crash the system following the November update. Various users have already complained about the issue on Microsoft’s forums, Venture Beat reports, highlighting certain apps that seem to cause the problem, including monitoring tool CPU-Z and Speccy and the AMD Catalyst Control Center.
“The Microsoft Services Agreement allows Microsoft to change or discontinue certain apps or content where we deem your security is at risk,” a Microsoft spokesperson explained this feature to GamesBeat in August. “Software that is pirated or botted places the safety and security of our customers at risk, including a higher risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of personal information, and poor performance or feature malfunction. We remain committed to protecting our customers from the risks of non-genuine software and protecting the intellectual property of developers of all types of content.”
On top of that, Windows 10 release 1511 (the November update) has a few other bugs that may have convinced Microsoft to quietly pull it.
“[O]thers are reporting all manner of bugs, such as machines that instantly wake after sleeping, excessive processor usage by the Mail app, the lock screen failing to hide the full desktop, and more besides,” Ars Technica writes. “Given that Microsoft is still pushing 1511 out through Windows Update, none of these issues would appear to be fatal, showstopper issues, but clearly this release is not without its problems.”
In practice, this means you can’t download Windows 10 version 1511 and install Windows 10 copies on machines eligible for the Windows 10 upgrade. The installer you can now download via the Media Creation Tool (MCT) that can be used for upgrades and clean installation now reverts to the July release of the software, with 1511 MCT being removed. To be clear, though, you can still update to the buggy Windows 10 1511 release via Windows Update.