Microsoft Windows has not been in good shape for quite some time now. It has been plagued by multiple issues for a the last few releases.
Ghacks has been constantly testing out Microsoft releases and found a serious and long-running bug. They say it has been introduced by Microsoft by design and is quite alarming.
It has been said that Microsoft quietly switched off Registry backups eight months ago on Windows 10. It is a crucial safeguard and unfortunately it is not working anymore.
As Ghacks spotted at the time, Registry backups would show “The operation completed successfully”, despite no backup file being created.
This feature is one of the crucial line of defense for many businesses and everyday users. In events of crisis when a windows restore point fails, registry backups is all you have that can save your system. Yet Microsoft has stated what it has been doing all along:
“Starting in Windows 10, version 1803, Windows no longer automatically backs up the system registry to the RegBack folder. If you browse to the WindowsSystem32configRegBack folder in Windows Explorer, you will still see each registry hive, but each file is 0kb in size.”
Windows 10 1803 was released in October and, despite the issue being flagged to Microsoft in its Feedback Hub service at the time, only now is the company coming clean about what happened. Ironically, this disclosure comes just two months after Microsoft pledged to give Windows 10 users more “control, quality and transparency”.
They were trying to save space by disabling it which should free up 50-100MB of space, which in hindsight is a bad idea.
They however gave a workaround which users can follow. With a bit of irony, it involves registry edits. Unfortunately it is way too late for people who badly needed it in the first place and may have already had issues haunting them. They would have discovered that it was already too late and in their time of need would have been saved by this feature but they have been misled entirely.The registry backups of Windows 10 told them it “completed successfully” but it is far from the truth at all.
Microsoft has been making another push for hundreds of millions of users of Windows 7 users to switch to Windows 10, but if people knew about this, they would be more than hesitant to move forward with the change to Windows 10.
Are you still a Windows 7 user? What are your thoughts on this?