Should You Worry About Data Loss After Windows 10 Major Updates?

After Windows 8 failed to strike, Microsoft gave it all to Windows 10. From launching to rolling out the updates, it made sure to get itself back on course.

Windows 10 Version 1607 is second big update since the launch. Last November update was a success except some unpleasant events. But What about the new Anniversary update?

According to latest data, more than 350 million Windows 10 fans are looking for the Anniversary updates. So every little thing counts - - including setting up the update without any loss.

Like we’ve seen during November update that not all software updates go smoothly. Sometimes, unpleasant problems rear its ugly head, mostly due to compatibility issues. Some programs may be not supported. Certain hardware may be not compatible or may need an upgrade. How will you know?

But last decision will remain with you; whether to get this Anniversary update or ignore it. However, this article clears the cloud about the things you should worry, despite you’ll miss some exciting features in Windows 10 by saying NO to Anniversary updates.

First, Let’s quickly recap what happened during last November update -

Since the day1 of the release of November Update, Windows 10 has been giving its users twists and turns with updates every now and then. Not everyone was happy with Microsoft’s ‘November update’. Alarm bells started to ring when the users came to know that Microsoft removed some of the program files without their permission. Not just that, users even complained that some programs were not functioning properly and even cases like BSoD and crashes were also reported.

Where Does These Removed Program Files Go?

Windows will not delete any of the removed program files immediately. They will be stored in “Windows.old” folder that is C:\Windows.old also shown as “Previous Windows Installation(s)” in Disk CleanUp app for 30 days’ from the update. But, if you have accidentally deleted Windows.old folder manually or used Disk CleanUp, Oops!! You can’t get them back.

Why Microsoft Did This?                                                                                                      

Though Microsoft hasn’t released any official statement regarding this, it is understood that Windows removed some programs due to compatibility issues. That is, Windows can remove program files, which has security risk and also which may cause a crash or bugs with newer build or version of Windows.

Are you wondering why Windows doesn’t ask your permission before such act?

Well, according to new Microsoft Service Agreement, you have given all rights to Microsoft to remove user-installed program files, if it senses they are a threat or not compatible with the newer version. Yes, there’s really nothing you can do about it.

List of the Program Files That was Removed            

The program files that Windows eliminated are user-installed or third party software programs. The exact programs that were removed are inconsistent. It is different from user to user. However, we have listed down some of the removed program files.

  • CPU-Z
  • Speccy
  • AMD Catalyst Control Centre
  • Several SATA Drivers
  • CCleaner
  • Foxit Reader

Now, Let’s See How to Restore Program Files in Manual Way

  1. Navigate to local disk and windows.old. This PC --> Local Disk (C:) --> Windows.old
  2. Then click on Program Files (x86)
  3. You cannot just copy these program files; you have to re-install them.

If program’s application data is removed by the update, it can found on C:\Windows.old\Users\NAME\AppData.

But wait. What if you have deleted Windows.old folder?

Here’s How You Can Recover Deleted Windows.old Folder

It’s time for users to restore deleted Windows.old folder, as Microsoft will not stop updating Windows 10. Because Windows 10 is offered as a service and there won’t be any newer versions like Windows 11 etc. (That’s what Microsoft says).

You can restore deleted folders with Windows Data Recovery software - an optimum solution to get back deleted files and folders.

Should You Worry About Data Loss After Windows 10 Major Updates? was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by John Harris

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