Monday, November 19, 2018

Windows 10, Fall 2018 Update (v1809) Failure

Not going to sit here and complain about how 1809 deleted my user files (it didn't), or how it destroyed my activation key (it didn't).

My post here serves as more of a usability issue - a functionality glitch that someone at Microsoft might have missed.

We run the LTSB version of Windows 10 at my work to keep the operating system as stable as it can be.  With that decision was also the knowledge that we would be missing a few items that some folks might care about:

  • Microsoft Edge (latest browser - replacement of Internet Explorer)
  • Microsoft Store (their online purchasing system for apps, music and movies)
Losing Edge wasn't such a big deal.  Losing the Store and half my users lost their minds.  Some wanted the subsystem for Linux which stupidly requires the Microsoft Store to download and install - lame, Microsoft, very lame.

Some other users encountered some 'printer' issues that required the store to download the latest driver set and application (HP) - that is lame too.

But with the latest update to version 1809 of Windows 10, the LTSB nomenclature was changed to LTSC (B for branch in the former, and C for channel in the latter).  

With this update, we got the essential 1809 code update, but still lacking in those two areas mentioned above.

Here is the issue I have.  The new UI features are now updated to reflect the latest offerings in the Windows 10 non-LTSC installs... See picture below:

The striking item about the picture above.. is that for the first time, there is a THEMES area in a LTSB(C) install.  The second thing to see (and highlighted) is there are a lot of hooks into such things like the Microsoft Store.  Click on that item and you are met with: 

See the issue here.. You need the MS-WINDOWS-STORE to open the Microsoft Store, but it isn't installed.  

There are little issues like this all over the updated OS.  

Here is another one - from the SNIPPING TOOL:

I use this tool a lot in my daily activity and now I am prompted to move to SNIP & SKETCH (a better version of the snipping tool).  The problem is, you click the TRY button and it states that you need the app MS-SCREENSKETCH which you can only get from... drumroll please... the Windows App Store.

See the issue here.  It is as if Microsoft Engineers were simply too lazy to remove these items that now taunt you to go to the Store or Try this new App or update your Themes (btw - none of these UI issues were present in the 2016 LTSB version we are running here... only the 2019 LTSC).

Microsoft - please take a bit more time to discern which OS you are programming for and 'hide' these elements so people aren't taunted for the next 3 years.  

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