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Windows 11 24H2 Rollout Halted Over Performance Complaints

The brakes have been put on Windows 11 24H2, with the recent Recall AI feature for Copilot+ PCs a possible reason for use complaints.

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has temporarily stopped the distribution of Windows 11 24H2 to participants in the Release Preview Channel of the Windows Insider Program. The decision was informed by multiple user reports citing performance and stability problems. This change was announced through an update on the initial blog post detailing what to expect in the new update.

Users have flooded the with complaints regarding issues such as sudden app crashes, overall system slowdowns, and VPN connectivity breakdowns. Negative comments have also appeared on , with specific criticism directed at the Arm version. One user described it as the “worst ‘release' preview” they had ever experienced.

AI Functionality Recall Under Scrutiny

One of the most controversial new features is the AI tool named Recall. This feature takes snapshots of the user's screen at regular intervals, raising numerous privacy concerns. Though intended for Copilot+ PCs, security researcher Kevin Beaumont showed that it can be easily activated on standard systems. The feature has been heavily criticized, with some calling it a “privacy nightmare,” despite attempts by Microsoft's chief scientist to defend its integration.

Brandon LeBlanc, the Senior Program Manager for Windows Insider, stated that Microsoft is addressing the highlighted issues and plans to resume the rollout, although no specific date was given. This pause demonstrates Microsoft's dedication to user feedback and quality control. The company aims to fix the issues before the official release set for June 18.

Previous Update Issues

Microsoft has faced user dissatisfaction with updates before. In 2018, a Windows 10 update resulted in data deletion, leading to widespread frustration. The problems with the Windows 11 24H2 and the Recall feature resemble past instances where user concerns have caused the company to reevaluate their strategy.

Originally announced on May 22, the update was set to bring several improvements. These included support for Wi-Fi 7, Sudo in Windows, integrating Rust into the Windows kernel, HDR wallpaper support, and a refresh button for the Wi-Fi menu. Despite these advancements, Microsoft has paused the rollout to address user-reported issues.

Availability and Testing Channels

The version 24H2 update is anticipated to reach the Stable Channel later this year. Before the latest Canary and Dev builds, the Recall feature could only be enabled on Release Preview builds. Microsoft continues to recommend the Release Preview Channel for businesses and those wanting to test stable builds, while the Dev Channel is for users comfortable with occasional instability.

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