Windows Enterprise Desktop

Oct 30 2019   11:29AM GMT

Autopilot Gets Oct 22 False Alarm Update

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As the upcoming release of 1909/19H2 draws ever nearer, Windows updates come with increased frequency. Occasionally, something unintended may slip through the net. I’d wondered why an Autopilot update showed up on my production PC (KB4523786). But an article I saw in Windows Latest this morning, cleared things up. I now understand that on many PCs, Autopilot gets Oct 22 false alarm update. A Microsoft tweet addresses this, but limits the mistake to Windows Home users. That leaves me wondering why I see this on a Windows Enterprise based PC:
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It’s hard to update Autopilot when it’s not installed on your PC in the first place (bottom item). I imagine that’s why that update failed.
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Wondering Why Autopilot Gets Oct 22 False Alarm Update

The aforementioned WL story Microsoft pushes and pulls wrong Windows 10 update explains the occurrence as an accident. It also references a tweet from the Intune Support Team. It asserts that the Autopilot update “was incorrectly offered to customers running Windows Home edition during a regularly scheduled Windows update scan.” Alas, the scope of the mistake seems to have reached further than that. I don’t see any evidence of this on Windows 10 Pro machines running 1903. Nor the Release Preview, Slow or Fast Ring releases for 20H1 through the lens of the other 8 PCs here at Chez Tittel. But it did hit at least one Enterprise machine — namely, the one I run on my desktop. (For the curious, it’s an MSDN/Visual Studio Subscription license).

MS has since stopped distribution of this update. So if it’s not already in your update history you won’t see it, period — that is, unless you actually USE Autopilot in your environment. And in that case, of course, the update should be there, successfully applied. One wit opined about this mistaken item “…for once, there’s an update that actually doesn’t break Windows.” I had to laugh when I saw that, while also reflecting on its somber truth. Reminds me of that old saying “Advice, like alcohol, only affects you if you swallow it.” And so it goes, here in Windows-World.

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