Windows 10 Quick Tips – Update 1803

Crossing the River Styx


In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon (/ˈkɛərɒn/ or /ˈkɛərən/; Greek χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. ~ Wikipedia

Windows April 2018 Update

It is a sad thing when one gets a knot in their stomach while updating their Windows systems. Generally, I avoid these gambles for at least a time until I feel certain most of the bugs have been found and repaired. This time, however, I weakened. I was afflicted with a malady known as Impatience, and suffered from symptoms of the dreaded need-to-know-if-this-will-mess-up-my-computer syndrome. There is no proper remedy for either of these conditions.

About a week ago I bit the bullet and allowed my computer to be infected with yet another bi-annual Windows cumulative update delivered by Microsoft. The 1803 update is particularly large and took a while to complete its task. During this time, there was a gnawing sensation in my gut reminding me that I may have made a terrible mistake. As it turns out, it was a mistake.

Over the years I have had great luck with updates basically suffering no ill-effects whatsoever. Not so this time. I should have listened to Woody Leonard, and Martin Brinkman, and to all the other informed writers out there who said, “Don’t do it…”

This week’s Quick Tips article is going to suggest that you to do as I say, and not as I do.

The Gamble vs Limited Rewards

When people trudge off to the casino it is probably with the idea in mind that they will “invest” a Pittance and be rewarded with a Pound. Updating Windows should not be an experience akin to gambling. Updating Windows should be a painless and relatively fast procedure. Updating Windows should incur no risk at all.


The sad truth these days is that whenever you update to a new version of Windows, you are gambling with your computer. It may or may not work very well afterwards. Some things may work while other things fail. Most of the time, the potential gains are not worth the risks involved. Many of these so-called updates offer new features without having locked down the existing ones. Many of the new features, people couldn’t care less about. They just want things to work without adding new things that probably won’t.

There is an order to things that Microsoft doesn’t seem to get– make it work. Then, and only then, move on to that bright, shiny new feature you’ve  been dreaming about.

1803 Features Giveth

  • Timeline adds history to the familiar Task View switcher
  • The Settings app continues to expand, gets a new look
  • Windows Defender Application Guard protects you by “sandboxing” your browser
  • More control over when and how updates are delivered
  • Many Control Panel sections have been copied over to the Settings App
  • The Nearby Sharing feature is powered by Bluetooth 0r Wi-Fi
  • Cortana gets a Notebook and new skills
  • Lists sync with Cortana on iPhone and Android
  • Use Focus Assist to eliminate distractions
  • Password recovery is now supported on local accounts
  • A few Edge browser improvements

And it goes on…

The above information was gleaned from this ZDNet article: Here’s what’s new in Windows 10 April 2018 Update

1803 Features Taketh Away

  • Connect to suggested open hotspots removed
  • Language Settings moved to the Settings application
  • Conversations in the People App no longer work while offline…
  • Groove Music Pass service for streaming music and music sales tracking
  • HomeGroup feature
  • People suggestions
  • XPS Viewer is not included by default anymore

And it goes on…


The above information was discovered in this Martin Brinkman GHacks article: Windows 10 version 1803: removed or deprecated features

My Voyage To 1803

As the ferryman, Charon (aka, Satya), rowed me across the River Styx towards 1803, he comforted me…

He said, “Let’s go to 1803!”

“It’ll be fun!!”, he said.

Upon arriving at 1803:

  • My Internet connection failed to work properly
  • Edge no longer wanted to play my beloved Netflix movies without completely and utterly locking up the computer
  • I had graphics card issues that didn’t exist before this excursion into the Darkness

The experience held true to the mythological trip from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead. I ended up using a previous backup in order to return things to a semblance of sanity. (You are making regular backups, aren’t you?)

Some Advice

If you have already taken the plunge into the realm of 1803 (or it has been foisted upon you by the great “Update in the Sky”) and everything is working fine, then consider yourself fortunate and move on.

If you have not yet been infected by this 1803 menace, then hold off. Defer this update for as long as it takes for Microsoft to actually get it to work. This might take weeks or maybe months. Heck, the 1809 Fall Update may roll around before that happens. Who knows at this point.

Here are two resources I use to decide when that time arrives:

If these guys say it’s safe, only then do I begin to believe it.

In my opinion, this whole bi-annual update situation has gotten totally out of control, and we can no longer trust it to have our best interests in mind.  The “ring” mechanism is obviously not working, either. There are several of these so-called “rings” which are set in place to protect the masses from Windows update bugs. The idea is to have millions of free beta-testers acting as a filter so the bugs don’t reach us. On the face of it, the idea seems reasonable, but in practice it doesn’t seem to work– not at all, in fact, in light of this 1803 debacle.

Deferring updates has become the rule, not the exception. No more gambling nor late-night river crossings for this guy… thank you very much.

As always, if you have any helpful suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us,

Richard

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Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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