Windows 10 is, on the whole, a pretty good operating system. Microsoft has made every effort to keep its operating systems as unified as possible with forced updates (although no longer completely mandatory), free upgrades for older Windows users, etc. Unfortunately, a possible consequence of Microsoft’s rapid push on Windows updates means that some of them are causing problems.
There are some improvements. In early 2020, Microsoft revealed that drivers awaiting approval will no longer be released simultaneously with Windows 10 updates, but so far this year it appears that updates are just as likely to cause problems than before.
Here are the latest issues with Windows updates and, further down the page, what you can do to fix them.
May 2020 (2004) Update blocked
It’s strange. Many Windows users now have the option to manually update Windows 10 to the latest feature update (v2004). But when they click on it, they simply receive the notification that “this PC cannot be upgraded to Windows 10”.
Don’t worry, it’s not a problem on the side of your PC. It’s just that there are “unsupported settings” not specified in this version of Windows 10 that are not yet ready to be made public. It’s annoying, but it’s just a matter of waiting for the update until it’s ready at the end of Microsoft. Granted, this is an update to “May” and we are now in July, but this is the Windows update process for you!
On the positive side, it is good to see Microsoft withhold an update because it is not ready, since a hasty publication could cause problems similar to those listed below.
KB4556799: BSOD, flashing screen, audio problems, buggy fonts
The latest Windows 10 update, KB455699, is intended to improve the stability of the latest versions of Windows 10 (v1903 and v1909). While it does for most users, it also doubles as Windows Who’s Who update issues for some – including a blue screen of death, white flickers, changes to system fonts, issues audio
Depending on the number of issues it causes, this update is one of the worst Windows 10 updates to date.
Fortunately, Microsoft has made it easy to uninstall Windows 10 updates, and this can be resolved by doing so. Scroll down for pointers on how to uninstall Windows updates.
April 2020 update (KB4549951): BSOD, deleted / moved files
In one of the most disastrous Windows 10 updates to date, an update released in mid-April caused all kinds of catastrophic damage. Users have reported deleted files saved on the system drive (Pictures and Documents folders) and deleted apps from the Microsoft Store.
Now, some of these files apparently end up in the trash, so it’s essential to check if your files are there before emptying the trash.
The blue screen errors of death associated with this update occur more frequently for some people than others – some reporting occasional crashes while others get them all the time.
Microsoft hasn’t fixed this serious issue yet, so the best solution for now is to uninstall the update (scroll down for our tips on how to fix broken Windows 10 updates).
[FIXED] KB4541335: Installation failed, application and Windows crash
This optional update, released in late March, would have caused problems for a number of Windows 10 users. Problems range from the failed installation update to crashes of various features and applications on Windows 10.
The best way to avoid this problem is to not install this optional update in the first place, but if you find yourself stuck with it and have problems, scroll down for our guide to restoring updates. Windows 10.
[FIXED] March 2020 update: Internet connection issues
Microsoft’s big March update for Windows 10 was primarily designed to improve operating system security – security on Microsoft Edge, security of external devices, and password verification.
But as a side effect, it has broken Internet connectivity for many people using proxies and VPNs, especially with applications that use the WinHTTP or WinInet protocols. Affected applications may therefore include Microsoft Office, Outlook, Office365 and other popular Microsoft applications.
Windows Server users may also experience problems with 32-bit applications.
Microsoft is aware of the problem and has promised a fix sometime in April.
How to fix and avoid broken Windows 10 updates
Uninstall Windows 10 updates
You can uninstall smaller Windows 10 updates (to restore versions, see the following header) by doing the following. In Windows, go to Settings -> Update & Security -> View update history -> Uninstall updates.
In this window, scroll down in the main pane to the “Microsoft Windows” header, and you will see all the knowledge base and security updates for Windows 10, as well as installation dates. Just right click on the one you want to uninstall and restart your PC.
How to restore Windows 10 versions
After each major update, Windows 10 gives you a ten-day window to revert to a previous version of Windows. This is a useful feature that should give you enough time to judge if you have a problematic update. Of course, this won’t recover your files if Windows 10 deletes them, but at least you’ll be on a more stable version of the operating system.
To do this, go to Windows 10 settings, then click “Update & Security -> Recovery”. Under “Reset this PC” you should see the option “revert to the previous version of Windows 10.” Click “Start,” then follow the steps to restore Windows 10. Again, this option is only available for Ten days after updating the Windows 10 version.
Check your version of Windows 10
Before looking to restore and repair Windows 10 updates, you need to check which version of Windows you are currently on, which will confirm the issues that affect you. To do this, simply go to “Settings -> Update and security -> View update history”.
In the new window, click the arrow next to “Feature Updates” to see the version of Windows you are currently using, then click “Quality Updates” to see all small updates “KB “that you installed.
Block and postpone Windows 10 updates
The first thing you can do to avoid getting the above update issues and more is to take control when updating Windows 10. That way you can suspend getting updates up to date when Microsoft deploys them, monitor the news a bit to see if any major errors occur, and then manually update it yourself.
Windows Insiders recently revealed that an update is coming to Windows 10 (around April 2019) that will allow all Windows users (including home users) to suspend updates for up to seven days. In the meantime, if you’re using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, Education, or S, you can postpone updates by going to Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update. Here, select the option “Choose when updates are installed” and choose the number of days you want to delay.
There is another way to take control of Windows 10 updates – depending on whether you have the Home or Pro version of the operating system – and we have a guide that guides you through disabling and scheduling updates Windows 10 update.
Few things on PC are more frustrating than an update – apparently to improve performance – that distorts your system, but unfortunately Microsoft has a form in this regard. Other startup issues with Windows 10 include searching the non-working Start menu and the non-working Windows Store, so we can help too!
This publication was last updated in July 2020.
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