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Microsoft trying to push KB4023057 again to user systems

An updated version of KB4023057 has been released via Windows Update the other day. KB4023057 is an update for all versions of Windows 10 but Windows 10 version 1803 that supposedly improves the update reliability.

Woody Leonard was the first to spot the update and his suggestion, sound as always, is to ignore the update and avoid it like the plague. His reasoning?

The description does not really state what the patch supposedly does in detail, that the update is only offered to Home users but not through WSUS or the Microsoft Update Catalog, and that the update may change things on the system that users or administrators may not want changed.

KB4023057

KB4023057

Another thing worth mentioning is that Microsoft is very, very slow when it comes to updating all the different language versions of that page. The English version is up to data but when you check the German page, you still get the December 2017 description which fails to mention Windows 10 version 1703 or 1709.

This update includes reliability improvements to Windows Update Service components in Windows 10, versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709.

This update includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10 that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed.

These improvements help make sure that updates are installed seamlessly on your device, and they help improve the reliability and security of devices that are running Windows 10.

When you check the notes, you will notice that the update may make changes to important system settings and configurations:

  • It may reset network settings.
  • It may clean up Registry settings that may prevent updates from "being installed successfully".
  • It may repair disabled or corrupt Windows operating system components.
  • It may compress files in the user profile directory to free up space.
  • It may reset the Windows Update database to repair problems and may clear the Windows Update history.

As you can see, there is a lot that this update may do and many of the changes look like attempts to undo changes that users or administrators may have done on purpose.

The description has not changed as it is identical to the one used for previous versions of the update.

The update may compress files in the user profile directory. Günter Born suggests that this is an attempt by Microsoft to make sure that low-spec Windows 10 devices with 64 Gigabytes of hard drive space can be upgraded to newer versions of the operating system. While that is probably the main reason, it seems likely that file compression will be applied to any system that is low on disk space at the time of update installation.

The update may take a very long time to complete and that is caused by compression being applied to files in the user directory.

Windows 10 adds two arrows to the top right corner of files or folders that are compressed.

Closing Words

What should you do? If you run an older version of Windows 10 and don't want to upgrade to a new version of the operating system right now, then you may want to ignore the update.

You could try and upgrade to new versions without installation of the update when the time comes, and if that fails, try the update to see if it resolves experienced issues after analysis of the failed update.

You can use Microsoft's own tool to block specific updates, or use third-party solutions such as Windows 10 Update Switch or these update blocking tools instead.

In any case, if you plan to upgrade make sure that you have a system backup in place.

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Microsoft trying to push KB4023057 again to user systems
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Microsoft trying to push KB4023057 again to user systems
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An updated version of KB4023057 has been released via Windows Update the other day which improves the update reliability according to Microsoft.
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  1. Sophie said on September 10, 2018 at 9:51 am
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    Things like this are really now, of “nightmare” proportions. So heavy handed, so intrusive, so taking liberties, so messing around with our systems.

    For many, they will just have had enough, and will do all they can to completely block any and all updates, including security updates too.

    I am one of those people. I just can’t BEAR what Microsoft are doing these days with Windows 10.

    As I’ve said before, it is my opinion that while threats exist, and they certainly do, the biggest threat to the integrity of our systems, is actually Microsoft themselves.

    Good luck folks! You’re going to need it if you allow stuff like this on your systems.

    1. ilev said on September 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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      ..”so intrusive, so taking liberties, so messing around with our systems.”

      You have signed the EULA which grant Microsoft to do that, and much more, on an OS that isn’t your but only licensed/leased to be used, so your complains are not justified.

      1. scorpiogreen said on September 11, 2018 at 5:02 am
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        Yes they are considering I paid for it and EULAs aren’t always enforceable. I could care less what it says. If I can find a way to block it, I will.

      2. Sophie said on September 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm
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        I’m sad for you, ilev, if you really think that. Forgive me, and I say this nicely, but you actually sound a little brainwashed….I mean, who really does ultimately care about an EULA?

        These are just “catchall” safeguards for often very very large companies that don’t care about the little people at all.

        I mean, if I was trying to “pirate” Windows 7 or Windows 10, and clone hundreds of copies, and sell them of with fake licenses…. then sure…show me the EULA and tell me that I’m a bad person.

        But here, we are talking about the protection of vital machines, that hold our whole lives many times, and who knows what precious memories and thoughts.

        Who are you therefore, to quote some legalese text to me, as if I should really care about that?

        And………….it is mine. You’ve obviously swallowed the MS indoctrination. The fact is, that my copy of Win 10 WAS a copy of Win 7, that I bought, and paid for, and have the retail box for.

        What you are saying is like…………sure, you bought that car, but you can only drive to these places, and not those places. Your argument quickly falls apart, and I’m not really sure why I have qualified it with such a full response. I’m doing my best actually, not to be rude to you, because Martin’s place is a nice one where manners count.

      3. ilev said on September 11, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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        Sophie , You are wrong in every word. EULA is a contract that matters. You have never bought Windows OS, you have licensed it to use (it is written so on that box) just like you pay lease for a car that is yours to use, and yes, you can’t drive the car to all the places you want and usually you have a monthly mileage quota too.
        So, according to the EULA Microsoft can install whatever they want, whenever they want, remove any component or block/remove Windows OS permanently for the hardware it is installed on.
        Microsoft shouldn’t care about your vital machines, that hold our whole lives many times, and who knows what precious memories and thoughts. It is your duty to backup your precious memories and thoughts.
        During Windows installation you have the option to reject EULA and not install Windows.
        You can always choose free Linux (which has EULA of its own).

      4. Sophie said on September 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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        @ilev – Let’s agree to disagree, even if you are right in some aspects, or even….forensically, entirely right!

        The truth is, that I don’t really care about the EULA at this stage in “what has become of Microsoft and THEIR operating system….Windows 10”.

        If you do, and you want to be a stickler for such things as that, following every letter to the minute detail of the law, be my guest.

        As before, this is an issue of trust, and a truly broken update system, where we are all guinea pigs, and nothing is properly tested, even though the myriad of different hardware and software interactions was always bound to lead to issues.

        Now, we are looking at things at an order of magnitude, much greater than just “hardware and software interactions”….we are looking at plain old ugly carelessness on the part of this company, and in that context, the EULA matters not one jot!

        Explain to the person that is less technically informed than we are, that they precious memories are gone, because Microsoft could barely be bothered to test anything.

        Sure, go ahead and follow your EULA. For me…..its really not a problem. I prize stability beyond everything else in an OS, and I am locked to a now “old” version of the OS that probably should have received updates a long time ago…..18 months, if I am to be exact!

        This is good, I am happy. I am cloned to the hilt. The adversary is Microsoft, and I shall remain in un-updated bliss until this hardware fails, and even then, I’ll fix it thank you.

        The EULA would have had some worth, if only Microsoft were not so damn careless, and didn’t play fast and loose with all our systems, CONSTANTLY.

        This is not directed at you by the way. I’ve complained bitterly about this before. I feel strongly about it, as you can probably tell, and as [daveb] said below, I am not alone.

        Thank you for your care about legalese though! Rules is rules, ‘aint they?

      5. John Fenderson said on September 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm
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        @ilev

        I’m in the “EULAs don’t matter and I ignore them” camp, myself. Almost all the EULAs I’ve read essentially say “the company has all the rights and you have none, and this agreement can change without notice in the future”, so there’s no point in paying any attention to them.

        “according to the EULA Microsoft can install whatever they want, whenever they want, remove any component or block/remove Windows OS permanently for the hardware it is installed on.”

        Yes, so? Users are still within their rights to prevent those actions and complain about their existence.

    2. daveb said on September 11, 2018 at 12:17 am
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      You are certainly not along. Im running a now ancient version of 10.. and everything is fine. Requiring ‘updates’ which do noting to improve the customer experience that I want is not a way to treat a consumer product. If they want to sell me an OS they’re going to have to go with the side of the company that pushes for user customization not enforced company regulation.

    3. Peterc said on September 11, 2018 at 9:09 pm
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      Just chiming in on the whole EULA thing.

      What companies can get away with in EULAs really depends on governing law. In the US, where public consumer-protection enforcement is all but dead, public antitrust enforcement is all but dead, the federal bench has been taken over by the Federalist Society, and the Supreme Court now allows companies to impose mandatory arbitration and bar class actions in contracts of adhesion, companies like Microsoft can get away with murder.

      Remember that California woman who successfully sued Microsoft for forcibly installing Windows 10 on her computer and borking it? She’s my hero. It’s *so* gratifying that Microsoft couldn’t slime its way out of court and out of liability by waving a EULA around (I guess either because she never formally “signed” one or because her complaint sounded in tort rather than in contract). Regardless of how she went about it, good for her.

      Linux may have a few glitches and bumps here and there, but that’s now the case for Windows to *at least* an equal degree, and with Linux, your autonomy, privacy, and legal rights don’t get taken to the back room and worked over with brass knuckles.

      1. Sophie said on September 12, 2018 at 9:45 am
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        Yes, Peterc …you offer a reasoned angle on this, and seem to know quite a bit about it. The previous comment (that kicked this debate off) seemed to just shoot from the hip, and not make much sense.

        If anyone wants to debate things with some knowledge about things, even if we don’t ultimately agree, we can then engage properly and decide if these things are runaway-nonsense, or if we should pay attention to them in some respects.

    4. Farmers said on September 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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      I once read a rather amusing thing about EULAs in a computer mag. They said if a typical software EULA was printed on the side of a Cornflake box, the translation in plain English would effectively say there might be no cornflakes inside this box, and by opening the box you agree to these terms.

  2. Gay Martin said on September 10, 2018 at 10:18 am
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    My advice is to turn off updates completely with WinAero tweaker since this is the only software which blocks it effectively even on Home editions.

    1. noemata said on September 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm
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      _the only software_ which blocks it effectively even on home editions? sounds like advertising for me. of course there are other applications .. which blocks it effectively even on home editions.

      1. scorpiogreen said on September 11, 2018 at 5:04 am
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        >”of course there are other applications .. which blocks it effectively even on home editions.”

        Such as?

      2. noemata said on September 11, 2018 at 9:10 am
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        @scorpiogreen ..it would obviously be contradictory to recommend another app (or method) in this context. it was about the expression “_the only software_”. this is wrong and – possibly – just intentional advertising in a big forum.

    2. Yuliya said on September 10, 2018 at 1:39 pm
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      WinAero software is fine from my experience, but why would you use 3rd party tools for built-in functionality?
      imgur.com/iq2fNK3

      1. ilev said on September 10, 2018 at 8:12 pm
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        Home users don’t have Group Policy.

      2. plep said on September 10, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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        @Yuliya, try find gpedit in normal (no modified) W10 Home ;)

  3. John G. said on September 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm
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    Microsoft is digging Windows 10 grave like there is no tomorrow. It’s completely nonsense. Two major ISO upgrades every six months and tons of minor crap updates is just madness.

    1. Sophie said on September 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm
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      @John G – Absolutely. When stability is all that really matters in an operating system, who in their right minds could possible want an entire OS “replacement”. The policy just does not make sense. Anyone could have for-seen the problems that are now happening on a grand scale.

      Many of us have production machines, that serve a real purpose and do vital tasks for us. I never will forget a less important PC that I have, back in 2016, that got turned on by Microsoft’s updates, and almost “fried” in its own heat. The cover was closed, and it was in a case, but had been left hibernated. It was “roasting hot”, and I damn near lost it….cooked and fried.

      These things are so not funny, Microsoft. You are a sad sad company that have totally lost your way.

      1. Peterc said on September 10, 2018 at 11:58 pm
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        I have a story very similar to yours. My memory is starting to get a bit hazy about the exact timing, but I think it was back in spring 2015.

        Back then, I trusted Windows updates (for Windows 7, at least) to be reasonably carefully tested, to be documented in a timely fashion, and to not do sneaky things behind my back. I think I already kept an eye out for headlines about bad patches, but generally speaking, I tended to apply important and recommended updates pretty much as a matter of course every Patch Tuesday.

        Anyway, sometime in April or May of 2015, I think, I started waking up each morning to find that my beloved ThinkPad R61, which I just left running most of the time, was powered off. It took some investigating on my part, but I discovered that the previous Patch Tuesday, Microsoft had installed some kind of Windows 10 readiness diagnostics utility that automatically ran once a day at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning … pegging out one core of the CPU at 100% long enough for the motherboard’s thermal protection to kick in and force the computer to shut down.

        The thing that really put me on the right track was a post I came across where another user said he had noticed that his computer’s fans were going into high gear in the wee hours of the morning, every morning, even though the computer should have been completely idle at that time. And then a friend of mine mentioned that *his* computer’s fans had started running at full speed for no reason in the middle of the night. These insomniacs checked in real time to see what process was hogging the CPU, and the culprit was indeed the Windows 10 readiness diagnostics utility.

        I removed the offending utility and added it to my block list … and that was seemingly the end the matter.

        But my system continued to run abnormally hot. And then the fan stopped working. And that was when I discovered that Microsoft’s rogue diagnostics utility had *completely melted out the thermal pad* between the CPU and the heat sink. Trying vainly to cope with the excessive, “unsunk” heat from the CPU, the fan wore out not long afterward.

        The good news was that ThinkPads of that era were (more or less) user-serviceable and that parts were available and reasonably priced. The bad news was that it was a painstaking, four-hour procedure — maybe not for a seasoned pro, but for this do-it-yourselfer with iffy eyesight on his first try, it sure was — involving some 30-odd slightly different little screws, wire-guide channels, wire-retention clips, wire-retention tape, and a couple of “zero-insertion-force” plugs. (I had to scan the outside and inside of the chassis at two or three different stages of disassembly and scotch-tape the screws to printouts of the scans. It wasn’t fun.)

        All in all, I think it’s fair to say that Microsoft snuck my ThinkPad out of the stable at night, rode her hard, put her up wet, and left her for dead. It sounds like something similar happened to you.

      2. Sophie said on September 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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        @Peterc – I found your account interesting to read, but disappointing to think how many people will have suffered this.

        When Windows 10 was about to launch, during 2015 (in the months in the run up to that), I kept seeing these compatibility/readiness type of things on Windows 7, around the time that the nag popups were starting. Instinctively, I disallowed all things like that, but like you….there was still some trust, so “carefully”, I was allowing updates and trying to vet them as best I could. In fact, I had/have a Thinkpad X60, not so different to your own PC, though that is not the PC that suffered that terrible heating/fan issue, that was a Lenovo Flex, which struggles to dissipate heat as it is, nevermind being shut/closed and in a case!!

        And yes, I have seen those parts, and tiny fans..available to replace, a throwback to an era of great quality, support, and parts.

        You should never have had to undergo those things, and it stands to reason that if you try and wake a PC up in the middle of the night, all sorts of things are possible, right down to being woken up by restarts, noises, etc.

        And anyway, it just feels “uncomfortable” that tasks/processes/embedded software….should do these things in the first place. It fosters an idea that your PC is not really yours, and not under your control, when many of us desire ultimate control, right down to the tiniest detail. Microsoft’s methods at the complete antithesis to what I personally desire.

        Thank goodness our PCs survived that, but what if we had not got there in time? Who would have cared or picked up the pieces, and in your case, you already had to take all sorts of actions to put things right again.

  4. Dave said on September 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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    I let it install it, then deleted the tasks it created and the folder c:\windows\program files\rempl that it created before it could do anything.

    I have noticed, that everytime my PC running Home version gets pretty much any update, ‘Function Discovery Resource Publication services’ get disabled again :(

  5. me said on September 10, 2018 at 10:47 pm
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    Instead of complaining about M$ – vote with your pockets and move to linux.
    You paid the piper, now dance to his tune.

  6. Jozsef said on September 11, 2018 at 6:26 am
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    A friend of mine bought a Win 10 laptop against my advice recently. After I tested it carefully and installed some basic utilities and cleaned it up generally, I gave it back to him only to get a frantic call that he could not log in. An update had broken loginui.exe. Since there was no data, I did a restore, assuming the issue would have been addressed by then but no. Since we have a Microsoft store nearby, I had one of the nice young techs there reinstall from a stock image since he felt that an Asus utility had conflicted with some patch. Sure enough, the computer worked until he unplugged the power adapter and the screen went almost black. It turns out another new Windows update had borked the graphics driver but Asus already had a new one to fix the issue. (He uses Ubuntu at home, it turns out!)

    The laptop worked for two weeks but yesterday some login issue once again prevented using it. The saga continues.

    Win 10 is a constant cat and mouse game that I can’t imagine ever putting up with. Microsoft is now every customer’s adversary and has the resources to win. I wish I could imagine a return to sanity but their recent huge profits are telling them that they are doing everything right.

    1. Sophie said on September 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm
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      @Jozsef – Cat and Mouse, and the Customer’s adversary…………….you put this very well! This is exactly the situation.

  7. Cinikal said on September 11, 2018 at 9:36 am
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    So much to say with so little time (at best 50 years left) so will only say this, never ever again will I buy a computer without unequivocally knowing that it will run any flavor of linux I choose.

  8. Robert said on November 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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    It’s nice to read something that is real computer related reporting and not just a PR tool for Microsoft.

  9. Niha said on November 16, 2018 at 9:25 am
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    2 nights struggling with this Asus desktop and KB4023057 ; first it ruined the old hdd ( pc stucked on bios screen. hdd working as external hdd ) , I installed a new ssd ,all good till this update ,then stuck again .
    And I am sitting here browsing ghacks waiting for KB4023057 to install .Again.
    ( I am old enough to remember that sometimes you must power on the network printer to be able to use the mouse; if you laugh you’re young)

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