I'm Certain that there are HAMS that are also Developers over at Microsoft, can you all get your heads together on this problem so that it does not happen again??? I'ts ridiculous.
Yes, I have to uninstall and reinstall SmartSDR every time it happens to me. I get SICK of going through the crap of completely uninstalling this program as it takes me about 15 minutes. However, to get around this, I found a great program that will uninstall SmartSDR...it is called Revouninstall Pro. During the uninstall it has a scan feature which goes through the whole computer to remove all vestiges of SmartSDR. Then I do a reinstall and everything works fine until the next Windows upgrade.
The official Windows 10 is a solid product and I have no problems with it at all.
If you like to be on the cutting edge prepare to bleed.
Also a note.. it DOES NOT obliterate DAX everytime, there are many more updates that are done successfully without issues.. the last one was directly connected to divers for network and com ports.
I understand the frustration but I think things are blown a little out of proportion.
Seen the same from the multitudes of flavors of Android too.
I'm not saying that Win 10 upgrades are any better or worse but look at this in terms of the number of users and impact and draw your own conclusion.
As much as Apple folks like to say it doesn't happen, it does. Apple bricked my iPad II so regularly, that I wiped it and sold it. My wife's iMac gets cranky because they don't update security certificate stores properly.
My Droid phone has forgotten how to automatically pair with the car since the last update.
Competitive pressures, ironically, are making everyone equally bad.
I find it challenging and rewarding to solve those mysteries as well as it is just part of HAM radio in the digital age we all live in... try to live without that cell phone for a while for example
If you truly find this cumbersome and an annoyance feel free to "disconnect" anytime and keep the updates at bay... no more updates no more issues.... and no more of that monkey we all love and enjoy... the internet...
As a former Microsoft Certified Engineer(I left the windows community for linux work several years ago) I remember them at least interacting with the development community to prevent such issues, and the early test folks washing out failures like this. Not sure what the windows dev landscape is now, but the fact that they are not giving the latitude to Win10 home users to research updates prior to applying is definitely a challenge now and causing all kinds of headaches.
I have only experienced this type of issue once, during testing and was able to recover using the orignal VSP recovery doc without issue. But it sounds like a small percentage of the VSP problems occur with every update. I would be curious as to what the actual catalyst and trigger for the problem is and what we can do to avoid it.. It doesn't seem to hit everyone or the entire list would be flooded with complaints, so there must be some use case that causes it.
Its pretty clear that one of the main risks on the dependability side falls onto relying on windows as an OS, and it is vastly more stable than in the past. (think blue screen of death.. of the old days).
Maestro of course will be a potential solution to those that choose and can afford it.
I think with the recurrence of this issue being aware of it, and being armed with some preventative use case would be quite helpful to the community.
I have set my computer to NOT do automatic updates but to notify and I can then select what I want updated/uploaded to my computers.
Guess I'm just an old geezer 'cause Windoze has never been a desired choice just a necessary one if you need to use related programs.