A few days ago, Ed Tittel wrote about Windows Update deleting failed updates, and “banning” those updates for 30 days. That article got me thinking about my personal relationship with Windows, and if I trust it to know how to take care of itself — or not.
In my case, the answer is a clear “Yes!” I do trust Windows. I am something of what you might call a “Windows Purist.” That is, I always accept full telemetry when installing, use default update settings, and so forth. In fact, I only use third party tools when there’s absolutely no way to do a task with Windows’ native, built-in tools. It is amazing how much you can do with, for instance, Command Prompt and PowerShell. I have never (since XP and Vista, that is) used any cleaners, optimizers, defraggers, tweakers and such. When you do some research, you’ll find how surprisingly often when users post about some Windows issue, we’ll find that the underlying cause is one or more of those “snake oil” tools.
I have had very few issues, crashes and BSODs. My Windows 10 machines run smoothly. Of course, there have been some glitches. Everyone surely remembers the 1809 fiasco: over five months after it was originally released, some users still haven’t got the upgrade. However, fails like that have nothing to do with my chosen approach and trust. When I speak about trusting Windows to take care of itself, I naturally mean that after it has been successfully installed or upgraded, I’ll let Windows decide what is required and what is not.
Of course, a sound backup plan is important, as Ed mentioned in his article. In my case, I use Macrium Reflect Workstation edition and the classic “Grandfather, Father, Son” backup schedule. A monthly full image, weekly differential and daily incremental images. If and when I need to restore a backup, I will never lose more than a day’s work. In fact, I do not even lose that because all my data is stored in OneDrive.
All in all, I am quite sure that my reasonably reliable Windows 10 machines are running so well because at an early point, I decided that Windows knows itself better than I, when and what is required to keep it up and running. I am also sure that me not using any “snake oil” optimizers or other third party tools to tweak Windows is helping in this.
This is, of course just my subjective, personal opinion. You might feel and think that in your case, it’s the Tweaker ABC and Optimizer XYZ that keeps your machine running smoothly. In my case, I haven’t seen any valid proof that these third party tools really help.
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.