How to reinstall updates that Windows 10 automatically uninstalled

The path for Windows 10 ($110 at Amazon) adoption hasn't been an especially straight one for Microsoft, with a few twists on the way. This week, Microsoft tried to make running the OS a bit easier by automatically uninstalling a Windows 10 update that didn't go according to plan.

Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates that keep the system secure and running smoothly. But if an update goes sideways -- like if it turns out to be incompatible with something, causing a startup failure -- then Microsoft, starting this week, will now try to resolve the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates.

If an update problem happens, you'll see a message saying, "We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure," and Microsoft says it will prevent problematic updates from automatically installing for 30 days while it works out what happened.

But what if you think the update wasn't at fault and want it installed after all? You can manually download and install drivers and hotfixes from Windows' Device Manager or through the Windows Update Catalog. Here's Microsoft's advice:

To update a device driver:

To find and download an update from the Windows Update Catalog: