Today I installed all the offered updates, seven security in total I think plus an optional. I Iooked in detail at the notes for each and saw nothing alarming.
First unexpected happening was the appearance of a new 'Browser Choice' tile on my start menu. Right click and its gone, OK, can live with that.
After another reboot and having let things run for 30 minutes or so I do a disk clean, a reboot and a defrag. All seemed fine and then I notice the live weather tile is just blue. Opening the app also gives just a blue screen. Brilliant !!!!!
For curiosity I start uninstalling the updates and find that uninstalling the IE11 cumulative breaks the app even more... if that is possible. Now opening the app reverts me to the desktop, however I can see the weather app icon in the tray. Clicking that to expand it opens to the blue screen and then automatically reverts back to the desktop.
So its all well and truly pancaked... yet again. Thank you Microsoft.
I'm not even going to attempt to troubleshoot this as I have become thoroughly disillusioned with what was a superb OS. I have a suspicion that all the W10 stuff over the summer has also played its part in making what was once a snappy and responsive OS become somewhat less so. That's very hard to pin down and hard to say for sure... but I have a plan. I'm going to nail this once and for all and know for sure.
I've picked up from a disk image from May this year and turned OFF Windows Update. Defender is updated as always via an automatic task. I'm going to see how this feels and responds compared to how its been the last few weeks. There has been this indefinable lack of sparkle to its performance of late.
I would like to add some updates manually but I'll image the disc (as I always do) first. Flash player updates and IE11 cumulative come to mind but I might skip this months IE11 one and go back to September.
Watch this space