Over the last few weeks, users have reported that a new
Windows 10 update bug appears to have broken Check Disk,
one of the most useful command line-based tools that Microsoft
ships with the OS.
For those unaware, the ‘Check Disk’ command can be initiated by
both the user and the operating system. The mysterious bug
resulted in an unexpected Blue Screen of Death error when users
run ChkDsk command in Windows 10 with
December 2020 updates applied.
It looks like the change, which caused system stability issues,
was first introduced in Windows 10 Build 19624 for Insiders.
The bug appeared to have somehow slipped through the gaps in
the Windows Insider program to also appear in Windows 10
version 2004 and version 20H2.
It appears that the feature, which resulted in the problem, can
be remotely enabled and disabled where applicable. This allowed
Microsoft to deliver the fix for the error in just 24 hours
without any action required from the end-user.
This incident again proves that bugs reported by Windows
Insiders can be buried amongst a mountain of other feedback on
topics like dark mode, Start Menu, Action Center, etc.
For those unaware, Microsoft reduced the number of staff
working in the Windows testing team in 2014 and started using
virtual machines to test updates. In addition to its virtual
machines, Microsoft also relies on Windows Insiders (a group of
tech enthusiasts willing to test beta builds of Windows 10 and
providing feedback on features as well as bugs)
This approach has resulted in an increased number of issues and
bugs, and it is also ruining Microsoft’s reputation.
According to reports, Microsoft is internally exploring new
ways to reduce bugs in Windows 10 updates and offer more
customized and actionable options to deal with compatibility