Has Microsoft just been surprised trying to introduce a compatibility assessment tool into the supposedly secure Patch Tuesday update for July for Windows 7?
Some users who subscribed to "secure" updates for Windows 7 have migrated to Twitter and even sent an email to reporters to report their suspicions after noting the inclusion of the tool called Compatibility Appraiser in the hotfix KB4507456.
Depending on your interpretation of Microsoft by adding a non-security-related component to what is advertised as a security update, this is an exaggerated minor controversy or the latest example of Microsoft's negligence at the time. regards the wishes of its users.
The technical roots of the problem go back to 2016, when Microsoft tried to simplify patching for older versions of Windows by offering users of Windows 7 and 8.1 two types of updates: the first consists of a " cumulative monthly "of all security patches and no bugs and reliability), the second a security update only regarding this month's patches.
Individual security patches were no longer available with the security update, which made it an all-in-one.
Unfortunately, before the release of Windows 10 the previous year, Microsoft had encountered a controversial issue by offering an update, KB 2952664, with diagnostics designed for, according to Microsoft's terms:
Evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem and help Microsoft ensure compatibility of applications and devices for all Windows updates.
According to Woody Leonhard, a Windows expert, Windows 7 SP1 added a new task, 'DoScheduledTelemetryRun', which was to be launched every day at 3:00 am, which was not satisfactory for everyone.
Since then, Microsoft has continued to add this compatibility evaluator (which sends Microsoft technical data on the ability of a computer to run Windows 10) to updates.
Normally, Compatibility Appraiser should only run on the computers of the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) users, which has been enabled by default on all Windows versions since Vista (ie d) Users should disable it).
That said, users who only sign up for secure updates under Windows 7 should not be part of this group if they unsubscribe.
Regardless of Microsoft's intentions and the data collected or not by the compatibility evaluator, Microsoft at the very least failed the communication test explaining why it was included.
Is this an innocuous mistake made by Microsoft before the end of Windows 7 support in January 2020? Or another example of Microsoft that ignored the fact that a sizeable minority of Windows users want to keep control of what is happening on their computers?
The obvious lesson: Microsoft's attention may have shifted to Windows 10 and the need to control the upgrade cycle, but no one is so fascinated by this top-down view.