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Microsoft, with its emphasis on “Windows as a service,” keeps improving Windows 10 with monthly updates. On February 27, Microsoft released a new optional patch via Windows Update and Windows 10 KB4535996 offline installers are also available.

Windows 10’s latest patch updates v1909 PCs to Build 18363.693 and v1903 PCs to Build 18362.693. Windows 10 Build 18363.693/18362.693 is an optional quality update that addresses performance and reliability issues and does not include new features.

During the third and fourth week of each month, Microsoft releases “C” and “D” releases, which are the previews of the next month’s Patch Tuesday release. KB4535996 is a non-security update for Windows 10 version 1909/1903 and it contains a long list of improvements.

Even if you skip this particular patch, you can install March’s Patch Tuesday cumulative update and you will be completely up to date with all these fixes.

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KB4535996 for Windows 10 is a huge update and it includes a number of improvements for everyone. For example, Microsoft says it’s updating Windows Search to address a bug causing blank search page and other rendering problems for some people.

Windows Search can now render the results properly in the space allotted for it. Similarly, another bug that prevents the Windows Search box from showing results has been resolved.

This patch also improves the battery performance of laptops that use Modern Standby mode.

Modern Standby is a Windows 10 feature that provides a smartphone-like always-connected experience where you could sync your device when it is on low power.

Unfortunately, some people reported that the power mode causes their laptops to overheat while they’re not being used and Microsoft said it’s working with partners to improve Modern Standby.

With today’s update, it looks like Microsoft has finally delivered a new version of Modern Standby that actually works.

Another bug where Microsoft enables an unwanted keyboard layout as the default after system reboot has been addressed. Microsoft is also rolling out changes to address bugs with printers and an issue that prevents apps from printing to certain network printers.

How to get it

Windows 10’s optional updates are not installed automatically, but you can install the patch by manually checking for updates in the Windows Update page. You can also update your computer manually by downloading the offline installer from the links above.

In the release notes, Microsoft has stated that it’s not aware of any known issues.

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Windows 10’s user profile bug gets a new workaround

Windows 10's User Profile Bug Gets A New Workaround

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In the past few months, Microsoft has had a rotten run of Windows 10 updates. As many people have complained, Windows 10’s each new release seemingly breaks more things than it fixes and the latest update has introduced a critical bug that hides user’s profile folder.

Windows 10’s cumulative update fail has seemingly broken Microsoft’s user profile system – a pretty important part of the OS as a user profile contains files from desktop, documents and other locations.

It has been widely reported that KB4532693 could boot Windows 10 with a temporary user profile and files from desktops are removed. Microsoft support employees told us that the Redmond firm is aware of the bugs and it appears that there’s another workaround that could restore the user profile.

“Microsoft is aware of some customers logging into temporary profile after installing KB4532693, on both versions 1903 and 1909,” Microsoft said.

According to an MVP, Microsoft recommends users to reboot into Safe Mode before booting in normal mode to resolve the problem.

“You may uninstall any secure banking software or anti-virus in the temporary profile which may resolve this if the above steps do not help,” the post reads.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the mess in its official documents and offer a fix to affected users.

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What went wrong with Windows 10’s botched KB4524244

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Microsoft recently pulled a Windows 10 security update ‘KB4524244’ after customers reported serious issues including boot failures and BSOD. On February’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft rolled out KB4524244 to consumers using Windows 10 November 2019 Update, May 2019 Update and other versions.

Microsoft’s updated documentation tells us that the patch fixes an issue where third-party boot managers might expose computers to a security vulnerability. According to Kaspersky, Microsoft released this update to resolve a vulnerability that was discovered in Kaspersky Rescue Disk.

The vulnerability was published disclosed in April 2019 and Kaspersky resolved it in August 2019. The company says vulnerability could have allowed attackers to run a custom operating system on a device with Secure Boot technology by exploiting Kaspersky Rescue Disk.

Microsoft’s security update includes additional patches to protect people who use older versions of Kaspersky or may use it in future.

It appears that Windows 10 KB4524244 adds old Kaspersky Rescue Disk to PC’s Secure Boot and the changes to existing Secure Boot restrictions broke other boot manager-associated programs such as HP’s Sure Start.

In a statement, Kaspersky denied it’s involvement in Windows 10’s latest botched update. Kaspersky says Microsoft did not contact the company about the changes included in the security patch.

The problems could have been avoided had Microsoft tested its patch on an HP machine with a Ryzen processor.

Microsoft has already pulled the patch and you can remove the patch if it broke your computer.

You can uninstall the botched update by following these steps:

  • Type Control Panel in Start menu.
  • Click “Uninstall a Program” at the bottom.
  • Click “View Installed Updates” at the top left.
  • Select KB4524244 and look higher up for an uninstall button. Or you can right-click the patch and uninstall it.

KB4524244 won’t be re-released, but Microsoft might deliver similar bug fixes in a future after collaborating with its partners.

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More reports of Windows 10 update deleting personal files

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Last week, Microsoft pulled Windows 10 KB4524244 update after it was discovered that a small number of users suffered a catastrophic failure including boot issues. While that particular security patch has been removed, there’s another problematic update with even more issues.

On February 11, Microsoft released cumulative update ‘KB4532693’ with important security fixes, but the patch reportedly hides and deletes contents of the desktop.

A bug in the update boots Windows 10 with an incorrect and temporary user profile, and users respective data for some folders disappear. As Microsoft support team confirmed, the data can be restored by manually transferring the contents from the temporary profile to a new profile.

However, there’s an even bigger problem for some customers. According to reports, Windows 10 KB4532693 update is said to be ‘deleting’ files and users are unable to find their data in the temporary profile folder. In worst cases, users have lost all their personal data and they are unable to recover it even after uninstalling the patch.

“This update KB4532693 caused all the data on my laptop to be erased. Even after uninstalling the update, the laptop would not successfully boot. Then “Resetting” the laptop to factory settings while choosing to keep all personal data erased everything. EVERYTHING. This is a major screw up. Unbelievable,” a frustrated user wrote.

“I have no words, this just happened to me, I just came to confirm it, it’s all over the web, but it’s not just a few files, for me it was dozens of gigabytes of data, this is definitely the end of the line, I am no longer using Windows crap OS, this is just too much!! I even had the update disabled, got no warning, it started automatically even with my firewall blocking dozens of Microsoft IPs, I can’t and no longer want to use such bad lame horrible system that keeps worst and worst every year no matter the facelift it gets,” another angry user confirmed the potential data deletion bug.

KB4532693 bug report

If your PC installed the patch automatically and you didn’t notice any issues, then there’s no need to uninstall KB4532693. You can remove it if you’re experience problems, and it won’t affect the previous cumulative updates that you have installed.

Microsoft’s method of updating and testing Windows has been criticized since it fired much of its QA team. Windows updates are currently tested by Microsoft coders on the real and virtual machines, and consumers enrolled in the Windows Insider program.

The problem here is that many Windows Insiders don’t report actual bugs to Microsoft and most people don’t test the previews builds on their daily drivers. Many tests the preview builds in VMs or on secondary systems, which cannot be considered as a real production environment.

While Microsoft is working on fundamental changes to make Windows updates safer, the company is delivering its updates much faster and automatically, which has caused more trouble for consumers and businesses.

Disclaimer: The article is completely based on user reports. Windows Latest makes no claims, guarantees about the accuracy or completeness in this article or linked pages, and shall not be held responsible for anything we say in this article.

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Microsoft is investigating Windows 10 KB4532693 issues

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Windows 10 has been experiencing serious issues due to problematic update ‘KB4532693‘, which was released on February 11 with fixes for various security vulnerabilities.

Like every Patch Tuesday release, KB4532693 was supposed to be an important cumulative update, however, users have widely reported that the patch removes their data from desktop and Start menu.

People who have it installed are reporting that Windows 10’s desktop, settings, and Start menu boots in a default state as if they’ve have created a new user account. Any apps and programs that were pinned to taskbar or desktop such as shortcuts have disappeared.

For some folks, Microsoft’s buggy patch has also reverted Windows 10 customization and other settings to default values.

As we reported last week, the issue is experienced when Windows 10 boots with a temporary user profile, which doesn’t have the shortcuts and icons on the desktop and Start menu that users created in their main account.

In a conversation with Microsoft’s support team, multiple employees told us that Microsoft is aware of the issue and are actively investigating the situation.

“Microsoft is aware of this known issue and our engineers are working diligently to find a solution for it,” a staff stated.

Microsoft’s support team says they were able to resolve the problem on affected PCs by creating a new user account and manually transferring the data from the temporary user profile to a new one.

“[We] create a new local account user then transfer the personal files from the temporary account to the new account. After that, we can just delete the temporary account,” Microsoft employee said.

You can also restore your data by uninstalling the cumulative update.

KB4532693 may have a file deletion bug

While some people have been able to restore their files, but many people have completely failed to find their vanished personal files and they are unable to restore the files that were moved.

Some users have also encountered a Blue screen of death (BSOD) and boot failures after applying the update.

We don’t know if Microsoft is aware of the isolated reports of another bug that wipes out data and the company itself has yet to acknowledge the mess publicly.

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Direct Download links for Windows 10 KB4532693 (Build 18363.657)

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Windows 10 has received a new cumulative update which promises to cure some security bugs. The update is rolling out via both online and offline channels, and Windows 10 KB4532693 offline installers are also available.

KB4532693 is a security update and the focus is apparently on resolving critical vulnerabilities. If you haven’t disabled Windows Update service, February 2020 cumulative update should download and install automatically.

Microsoft says installing the patch released today should advance your Windows 10 v1909 PCs to Build 18363.657. Windows 10 May 2019 Update, on the other hand, is receiving Build 18362.657 with bug fixes and improvements.

Windows 10 Build is a quality update and it contains all the fixes from previous monthly releases. So, when you install the February 2020 update, you will also get the security and non-security improvements from January optional update including the fixes for File Explorer’s broken search experience.

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The update applies a number of fixes and improvements, including a solution for a bug that occurs when migrating cloud printers during an upgrade. Microsoft says it has also improved the update experience on Windows 10 version 1903, so you can smoothly upgrade from older versions of the operating system.

The security update includes important fixes for the built-in Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Virtualization, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Network Security and Containers, and other core components.

Microsoft is also Windows 10 with improved security for Microsoft Office products, input devices such as a mouse, keyboard, or stylus.

As usual, Microsoft says it’s not aware of any potential issues with this month’s cumulative update.

Windows Updates have had a pretty rocky start in 2020 with the last two updates proving problematic. Multiple problems were reported after some users installed Windows 10’s Optional January update, which includes File Explorer fixes.

We’ll update the article when Microsoft’s February patch is plagued with new issues.

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Microsoft delays Optional updates setting for Windows 10

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Back in 2019, Microsoft announced it would add ‘Optional updates’ option to Windows Update settings page. Microsoft said new Optional updates page will let you manage improvements for optional updates such as drivers, monthly feature updates, and non-security patches released every month.

It looks like Microsoft has changed its mind and new Optional updates setting won’t arrive in Windows 10’s upcoming 20H1 update.

This change was quietly announced in the release notes of Windows 10 20H1 Build 19035, which was released on December 4, 2019.

“We’ve completed the experiment related to how we deliver driver updates through Windows Update. Devices that were involved in the experiment will no longer see the Optional Updates link under Settings > Windows Update,” Microsoft said.

It’s a surprising change, as Windows 10’s Optional update feature could have improved overall Windows Update experience. Microsoft originally planning to include drivers, feature updates and monthly updates in ‘View optional updates’ section in the Settings app.

While Windows Update has been designed to automatically keep your drivers up to date, Microsoft believed that optional drivers could help solve a problem and give you greater control over other important updates.

As you can see the below screenshot, Optional updates feature will allow you to select driver updates and install them manually. You can also uninstall a particular driver update from this page.

Optional Updates

It appears that the new Optional updates experience will come out in October/November 2020, not this spring as previously planned. Optional update listings returned in the latest build of the upcoming Windows 10 20H2 update.

The announcement was made by Microsoft in the release notes of Windows 10 20H2 Build 19536, which was released to Fast Ring testers on December 16, 2019. In Build 19536 or newer, there’s a “view optional updates” option on the Windows Update settings page that lets you manage the driver updates.

According to Microsoft’s typical schedule, Windows 10’s 20H2 update should land in October/November 2020 and it would be another service pack-like update.

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BSOD, sound, slow boot, and WiFi

Bsod, Sound, Slow Boot, And Wifi

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Updating your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 only to discover that your sound and WiFi has stopped working is nothing short of a nightmare. Unfortunately, Windows 10’s monthly updates have been consistently running into such problems and Microsoft’s operating system hasn’t been in a positive light lately.

Windows 10 KB4532695 is the latest update that many users installed in a bid to fix File Explorer’s broken search bar, but it reportedly includes a whole raft of other flaws.

The problematic update, which was released in late January, is now breaking down even more PCs and causing performance issues.

KB4532695 causes BSOD, boot failure and system slowdown

Initially, it appeared that Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is hitting only a small set of computers, but the problem appears to be widespread now.

Several users in our comment section and Microsoft’s forum are pointing the blame at KB4532695 for a Blue Screen of Death (complete crash of the PC) with a critical error message and different stop codes.

Users are now also reporting a complete boot failure and significant performance slowdown, which suggests that there are some very nasty gremlins in the works.

“Had this exact issue with my PC. Was causing absolute havoc. Couldn’t access the BIOS, couldn’t even get it to install a fresh install of Windows as the system locked and would get stuck in a boot cycle. By some miracle, it booted up randomly on its literal millionth attempt and I restored back to before the update. Hey presto, problem solved,” one user wrote in our comment section.

“I did the update. Lost my desktop, I could see the mouse cursor, that’s all. No response from keyboard. No way of knowing what to click on. I finally did a system reset getting a fresh image from the hidden partition and got my desktop and full functionality back,” another user said.

Network problems (Bluetooth, WiFi)

Windows 10 update also knocks down the network adapters and it slows down the performance of your wired or wireless internet connection, according to several reports.

It appears that there’s another bug in this update affecting Bluetooth adapter for some folks.

“After installation of the KB4532695, I had a problem where my surface would not reboot after the installation but it eventually did. However, ever since installing the KB4532695, it has affected Bluetooth & network connection. You can get it back using the troubleshooter but still; a big headache having to do it so often,” another user wrote in the comment section.

Audio and Sound Blaster

If you have a computer with Sound Blaster (sound cards), installing January optional update could disable it, according to multiple reports.

“Soundblaster was working fine and after installing this update is not working anymore. The sound is passing through the motherboard drive (Realtek) instead of Soundblaster. Managed to fix it by setting the sound under Realtek… but soundblaster is basically useless,” a user said.

Some Windows 10 owners with other sound cards are also experiencing sound issues, so it’s possible that the update is not compatible with certain versions of adapters.

Installation problems

And there are complaints that Windows 10 KB4532695 fails to install with generic error messages. According to a system administrator, Windows 10 may have lost track of where .NET are installed and disabling the feature before installing the patch resolves the installation problems.

If you’re getting errors when installing cumulative updates, you can run the following command and disable .NET feature:

  • Dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3

You can replace ‘Disable’ with ‘Enable’ and run the new command reinstate the feature after the update is installed.

Users report fixing the issues by uninstalling the update by following these steps:

  • Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
  • Click on ‘View update history’.
  • Click on ‘Uninstall updates’.
  • In Control Panel’s updates page, select the knowledge base (KB) number of the cumulative update.
  • Click ‘Uninstall’
  • Reboot the system.

Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the new issues in the optional update.

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Microsoft finally acknowledges Windows 10 Search mess

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A server-side issue broke Windows Search for users this morning, with the search box showing no search results. The issue has been widely reported by frustrated Windows 10 customers on social media and Microsoft has finally acknowledged the reports.

On February 5, many users encountered the issue on PCs running the November 2019 Update and May 2019 Update. Users reported that they were unable to use the Windows Search that’s built into the operating system because of the blank or black box.

Microsoft is rolling out a fix for Windows Search and the problem has already been resolved for most users. In some cases, you might need to restart your device once, twice or even thrice to restore Windows Search functionality.

Windows Search down

In a statement, Microsoft said a “third-party networking fiber provider” affected Windows Search, which means Windows Search service was knocked offline on desktops by infrastructure failure.

According to reports, Microsoft’s fibre provider has had problems and it prevented Windows 10 search queries, including the local results from showing up on consumers and enterprises PCs.

The outage reveals the holes in cloud computing’s atmosphere and Microsoft’s aggressive cloud approach. Microsoft is apparently dependent on its partners for Windows Search’s ability to operate and outages like this can prevent all search results from showing up on desktops.

Microsoft is reviewing its network redundancy options to prevent this problem from happening again.

Windows Search

Lately, Microsoft has been working to unify search experience across Windows, Bing, and Office 365 products. Microsoft also shipped Windows 10 November 2019 Update with unified Windows Search experience and it broke File Explorer for many users.

Microsoft’s efforts to supercharge the search box has many advantages, but such problems are ruining the company’s reputation.

In related news, Windows 10’s latest cumulative update is causing Blue screen of death (BSOD), performance, sound, and internet issues for some users.

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Windows 10 botched update causes internet and sound issues

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The original idea of Windows as a service was that your PC is supposed to get updated without you ever know and update process was supposed to be seamless. However, a variety of substantial issues have cropped up for Windows 10 owners and Microsoft’s latest update is also causing a series of problems.

Last week Microsoft released Windows 10 KB4532695, a non-security update for Win10 version 1903 and 1909. Microsoft said the update includes fixes for File Explorer Search bar bugs that have been reported for 3 months, but users discovered that the ‘fixed’ File Explorer still offers a crummy experience.

KB4532695 is having lots and lots of problems, ranging from the Blue screen of death (BSOD) to breaking down the fundamental features. As per the new reports, KB4532695 disables sound and internet connectivity for some users.

In the Microsoft community forum, many users are reporting that the latest cumulative update kills the audio or sound adapters.

“I installed the update Saturday afternoon and immediately the sound stopped working.  I’ve rolled the patch back…no resolution. I’ve tried to update the drivers but Windows tells me that it doesn’t recognize my speakers. Last night, I did a complete reinstall of Windows, nothing. It was working perfectly before the patch installed on February 1. Will this be corrected soon?  I’ve followed every piece of advice in every forum without resolution,” an annoyed user wrote in a forum post.

Network issues

After deploying the optional update, some PCs have had their networking functionality killed, according to several posts on Microsoft’s own forum, as well as other forums submitted.

The problem appears to be affecting both Ethernet or wired connections, and Wi-Fi, and it’s reportedly hitting different brands of network adapters. Apparently, these are pretty frustrating issues as users are unable to use their internet connection at full speed on Windows 10.

“I’m on a Fiber optical connection with Wi-Fi and I’m getting a less than 1mb/s reception while my other wifi enabled device running Android are doing ok,” a user said.

“Thank god I decided to update it on the weekends to later realize that my either internal and external WiFi adapters STOPPED working. That’s on a laptop without Ethernet. You cannot roll back the update, Troubleshoot app cannot help (it is useless in 90% of cases), Network reset function couldn’t resolve the issue as well,” another angry user on Microsoft forum notes.

It seems that the only guaranteed solution here is to simply uninstall the cumulative update or rollback to a previous version of Windows 10 from Settings, which isn’t a great workaround as it leaves you with a broken File Explorer and other problems of course.

“I ran into a similar issue. After the install of KB4532695 and doing the recommended re-boot, I would lose internet (Hard Wired) in about 15 minutes. I ran the network troubleshooter but it could not fix the issue. I finally restored a backup, I made several days earlier (back to 18363.592), and haven’t had any more issues,” a user said.

As the number of reports is gradually increasing, we might get some acknowledgement from Microsoft about these fresh problems soon.

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