Latest Windows 10 Update Problems and How to Fix Them

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You’d think that someone at Microsoft HQ would’ve made it an explicit resolution to get 2020 off to a get start when it comes to Windows 10 updates. Clearly someone didn’t get the memo, as the year has started off with a major update bug, as well as lingering issues from previous updates.

Thankfully, there are workarounds or outright fixes to many of these, so we’ve decided to keep a monthly feed of the biggest problems blighting the Windows 10 update process, and how to fix them.

On the bright side, Bleeping Computer reported on 9 January that drivers pending approval will no longer be released concurrently with Windows 10 updates. As misbehaving drivers are thought to be the cause behind many faulty Windows 10 updates, this will hopefully decreased the number of update problems in 2020. Here’s hoping…

May 2020 Update (KB4556799): BSOD, Flickering Screen, Audio Issues, Buggy Fonts

The latest Windows 10 update, KB455699, is meant to improve stability for the latest versions of Windows 10 (v1903 and v1909). While it does that for most users, it also doubles as a Who’s Who of Windows update problems for some – including a Blue Screen of Death, white flickers, changes to system fonts, audio problems

Based on the number of problems it causes, this update is one of the worst Windows 10 updates to date.

Thankfully, Microsoft has made it easier to uninstall Windows 10 updates, and this problem can be fixed by doing that. 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 yet, an update released in mid-April has been causing all kinds of catastrophic mischief. Users have been reporting deleted files that were saved on the system drive (Pictures and Documents folders), and deleted apps from the Microsoft Store.

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Now, some of these files apparently end up in the Recycle Bin, so it’s vital that you check to see if your files are there before emptying the bin.

The Blue Screen of Death errors associated with this update occur more frequently for some people than others – with some reporting occasional crashes while others get them all the time.

Microsoft hasn’t yet addressed this serious problem, 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 failure, Apps and Windows crashing

This optional update, released in late March, has been reported to cause problems for a number of Windows 10 users. Problems range from the update failing to install to crashes of various features and apps on Windows 10.

The best way to avoid this problem is by not installing this optional update in the first place, but if you do find yourself stuck with it and experiencing problems, scroll down for our guide on rolling back Windows 10 updates.

March 2020 Update: Internet connection problems

Latest Windows 10 Update Problems Limited Connectivity

Microsoft’s big March update for Windows 10 was mainly designed to improve security on the operating system – security on Microsoft Edge, external device security and password verification.

But as a side-effect it broke internet connectivity for many people using proxies and VPNs, particularly with apps that use the WinHTTP or WinInet protocols. So affected apps may include Microsoft Office, Outlook, Office365 and other popular Microsoft apps.

Windows Server users may also experience problems with 32-bit applications.

Microsoft is aware of the issue and has promised a fix at some point in April.

KB4535996: Boot Failure, Slowdown, Audio stutter, Crashes, Internet connection problems

The optional Windows 10 update KB4535996 is supposed to improve battery performance and fix various minor issues like Microsoft Narrator and speech recognition. But according to users it also brings with it a whole host of new problems. Go figure.

These problems range from BSOD errors to outright blank screens, so it’s safe to say that you should avoid this update at this point. Granted, it’s always a minority of users that encounters these issues but the old adage of ‘if Windows 10 ain’t broke, don’t fix it because that might break it’ applies here.

Microsoft is aware of the problems associated with this update and is working to release a fix by mid-March. In the meantime, you can try uninstalling the update using our guide further down this page.

How to Fix and Avoid Broken Windows 10 Updates

Uninstall Windows 10 Updates

You can uninstall smaller Windows 10 updates (to roll back builds, see next heading) by doing the following. In Windows, go to Settings -> Update & Security -> View update history -> Uninstall updates.

Windows 10 Update Problems Uninstall Updates

In this window, scroll down in the main pane to the “Microsoft Windows” heading, and you’ll see all the KB and security updates for Windows 10, along with the dates they were installed. Simply right-click the one you want to uninstall, and reboot your PC.

How to Roll Back Windows 10 Builds

After every major update Windows 10 gives you a ten-day window to roll back to a previous version of Windows. It’s a useful feature and should give you enough time to judge whether 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 OS.

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To do this, go to Windows 10 Settings, then click “Update & security -> Recovery.” Below “Reset this PC” you should see the option to “go back to the previous version of Windows 10.” Click “Get started,” then follow the steps to roll back Windows 10. Again, this option is only available for ten days after a Windows 10 build update.

Check Your Windows 10 Build

Before looking into rolling back and fixing broken Windows 10 updates, you need to check which build of Windows you’re currently on, which will confirm which issues are affecting you. To do this, just go to “Settings -> Update & Security -> View update history.”

In the new window click the arrow next to “Feature Updates” to see the version of Windows that you’re currently using, and click “Quality Updates” to see all the smaller “KB” updates you have installed.

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Block and Defer Windows 10 Updates

The first thing you can do to avoid getting the above update problems and more is to take over the control when your Windows 10 updates. This way you can hold off getting updates the moment Microsoft rolls them out, monitor the news for a bit to see if any major errors crop up, then manually do the update yourself.

Recently, Windows Insiders revealed that an update is coming to Windows 10 (around April 2019) which will allow all Windows users (including Home users) to pause updates by up to seven days. In the meantime, if you’re on Windows 10 Pro, 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 pick the number of days you’d like to delay it by.

There’s another way to take control of Windows 10 updates – depending on whether you have the Home or Pro version of the OS – and we have a guide that takes you through disabling and scheduling Windows 10 updates.

Few things on PC are more frustrating than an update – ostensibly to improve performance – borking your system, but unfortunately Microsoft has form in this respect. Other teething issues with Windows 10 include the Start menu search not working and the Windows Store not working, so we can help you out there too!

This post was last updated in May 2020.

Image credit: Worried Man At Computer With System Failure Screen At The Workplace by DepositPhotos

134 comments

  1. I need help my desktop pc and my laptop crash I can’t reboot my pc and laptop I had win10 OS and I have i3 and i7 Intel. I need help after I update few days. It crash my pc I won’t load. This is the worst Microsoft update I’ve ever encountered. I learn my lesson and start buying Mac.

  2. Since my latest update, my word subscription is apparently now only a trial and I noticed that Netflix would pixelate & not play movies well, but all other devices in the house did not have that problem. I wish I found this article before so I could undo the update, but now my computer will not even turn on!!! Any suggestions??

    1. Take battery out or wait to drain and try againg or unlpug for 15 mins if its not a laptop
      then try to turn it on again

      1. Windows updated this morning and now I can’t open it. The password window won’t come up and I can’t get into my laptop to find out what’s wrong. Just stuck at my screensaver. Any suggestions please?

        1. “Any suggestions please?”
          Quit banging your head against a wall and witch to an O/S that does not bork your PC with each and every update.

  3. Windows 10 has done a lot of updates the last couple of weeks. As of Tonight explorer has started crashing as soon as its opened, any program that opens explorer from within also crashes soon as explorer opens. Pinnacle studio 22 crashes randomly, audacity wont open at all and the computer takes about 10 minutes to boot up. All was working fine a couple of weeks ago. I have a gen 8 i5, 8 GB ram, msi 1060 4gb video card.

    Is anyone hase having these sort of problems?

  4. This weeks update has caused by pc not to open. Best I get is a blue screen with cHoices
    Continue, use a device (?) troubleshoot and this only goes back to the updates.. or close.
    Troubleshooting says error. What can I do to get it open. One option could be to factory reset I suppose

  5. Computer worked perfect until the Feature update. Finally decided to factory re-set…everything fine until Windows updates. I want all updates to stop..uninstall and just use Windows defender!! How can I do that? The feature update has no uninstall link!

    1. Since recent update my Dell i5 g3 won’t connect to the internet
      What a mess
      Microsoft need to get their act together

  6. Microsoft is doomed, desperately trying to refloat a sinking ship. For me, and many others, it was Chrome that suffered. First, the update didn’t install and I had to wipe my PC… weeks of work lost and hastily put together. Second update round went fine, except for Chrome and all Chrome based browsers (Opera, Vivaldi) which cannot resolve any DNS and perpetually hang. Writting from Firefox now, which doesn’t have the extensions I need. Microsoft, go eat a …. whatever your head is made of, that’s bad enough. Is this joke of acompany going to reinburse me for my lost time? We need more competition in this industry, pronto.

    1. For me all my browsers will not connect withut turning off the firewall but windows will just turn it back on all by its self. The system for allowing app through the firewall i useless also. Truly an awful system made as hard as possible to use so they can have people say they are windows professionals and have a job while they have made things like TinyWall which makes the firewall simple to use and able to allow apps through the firewall with as little as 2 clicks of the mouse now incompatble with win10

    2. I could not agree more that the new Windows 10 update is absolutely horrible!! I work as a medical transcriptionist and after the update the sound quality was so terrible that I had to leave more and more blanks in my work. There is also another program that I work in aside from the one that my company uses, and after the update that program would constantly lock up. Also my computer runs so slow! The only way to get Microsoft to do anything is hit them where it hurts, the pockets! I do not know how to go about it, but I wish someone would start some kind of lawsuit against them!!

  7. I lost all my files then blue screen. Took to Microsoft to get fixed. They are uncertain if I will get files back. I’m so frustrated I can’t see straight.

    1. Damn that’s sad man. I been on version 1607 for a long time now. I never want any of these stupid updates but the only reason why i decide to try an update is because sometimes when i rename a file or delete and stuff sometime the UI reloads, this does not usually cause me to lose things i’m working on but it is shitty in that you never know when it will randomly blank out and reload…Taken some updates and I’m still on 1607 but now they telling me they downloading feature update 1803 and i am very much concerned because i’m worrying if this thing might erase my personal files. I don’t have anything to backup my files, if it delete my files i’ll be completely pissed

  8. I am a software developer .. we have a product the uses the MS Data Report control, and when that control is called into action on a WIN10 1809 platform, the system raises an error and returns to the desktop. Previous versions do not do this.

  9. April 10, 2019 Update started when I turned my computer on and when I sign in it continues the updates but never finishes to let me access my computer to roll back the updates ?

  10. April 9, windows run during the shutdown, fine. this morning, I boot my PC windows update continue his duty with his message ” Getting windows ready don’t turn off your computer” and stuck there since. 7 hours in a row and still waiting. it’s a bit long for an update…. what can I do?

  11. I have an issue with my network on my computer, i can browse any webpage and visit any site without the issue of my network connection…but as soon as i log into any video game, my latency spikes and i get kicked withing a matter of minutes. I have had this computer for over a year and have been gaming on it for the same amount of time, it is not my internet provider, they just came out yesterday and everything checked out fine. i am leaning towards something having to do with my computer but i dont know what it is or how to fix it. if anyone else has had this issue please help…i do not want to have to buy a new computer or completely erase everything on my computer if i dont have to. Thank you in advance

  12. I have an issue regarding login through different users using remote access. Previously it was working fine after this update it is allowing only one user to work either remotely login or local system login.

  13. I was automatically updated on 5/15 or early 5/16 2019. I lost my normal desktop presentation and could not retrieve my lost files using the search for files options. I had to go to update history and uninstall that last update. (dated 5/15/2019). Now I am back to normal. I am now afraid to update anything. Very Scary

  14. I lost all my photos to this update as well as some programs. Can’t install anything because now I must have administrators rights on my own computer and following all instructions, I can’t get them. So new printer can’t be installed, new programs, old programs, thousands of photos gone, can’t restore to previous version because I was away longer than ten days after auto update and didn’t know it was updated. And Microsoft has no responsibility for this? Unbelievable!

    1. Oh dear
      As a windows user after all these problems should I have gone for a Mac instead?
      Seems that a Microsoft updates is like cleaning a window with wire wool
      Perhaps Microsoft need to approach Apple for help
      After update can’t get my Dell to connect to the internet but all comments from victims helpful and will have another bash

  15. I have found the best way to beat this, fornaome its not an option but Im not destroying a 2000$ gaming computer because of Windows. I don’t have it connected to the internet. Anything I need from online I transfer from my older Windows 7 laptop that still runs without error. Microsoft just doesnt want to admit that 10 is useless Virus garbage. They should allow everyone the choice of going back to a stable 7 until ALL bugs and issues are fixed permanently. I can say without doubt that I will not buy another Microsoft run machine.

  16. WHY do users continue putting up with this crap from M$??? People moan and groan and keep cursing Microsoft but keep on using their applications. If all those dissatisfied users bit the bullet and switched to OS/X, Linux or BSD, it would hit MS in the only place they care about and that is their bottom line. As long there in significant decrease in MS’s revenue stream, they will continue to put out crap.

    For those who lament that “We need MS products”, you may need then for a little while but if enough users leave MS, other software writers will recognize the potential market and create software for it.

    Windows users unite, you have nothing to lose but your crappy O/S updates.

    1. People stick with Windows even though they complain because it runs the applications they use. Installing Linux scares many and those who tried it probably either got frustrated with the installation and setup, or they discovered they couldn’t find suitable replacement apps for the ones they ran on Windows. Its why I always read Linux lovers brag about the OS but hardly ever on the apps. In reality the apps define what OS you run, and people care less about the OS just as long as those apps work.

      1. Horse feathers!
        The vast majority of “problems” that Windows users have with Linux, are nothing more than straw men, set up by Steve Ballmer and perpetuated ever since. The main problem, as far as Windows users see it, is that Linux does not look, feel or act like Windows. Why should it?! It is an entirely different O/S from Windows, just like OS/X.

        Bottom line is that since Make Tech Easier started publishing, I haven’t seen an article about “how to fix the latest Linux update problems”. But after every Windows update, there is an article on “how to fix latest Windows update problems”.

      2. There are endless issues and there always has been going back to DOS. 1903 borked my DVD drive. The BIOS and the OS still see it but won’t read from a disc so somehow it’s affecting the BIOS. This is a ten year old rig and 1903 was still able to bork it. No lights on my keyboard, it shows only a blur before it loads my wallpaper so it’s corrupting my video card driver in some fashion. I’ve a thousand backups so I’m now using 1809. If you don’t want the thing nagging you to update just boot it up with a non bootable USB drive in it somewhere….in my case it just stops it from doing anything to do with 1903. You will have to update 1809 manually but it’s better than 1903.

  17. So Windows to Microsoft is a legacy OS, they will slowly replace it with something much lighter as they refer to as Modern OS. I suspect that will be like a Chrome OS device where Microsoft specifies certain hardware and specs so updates just work. The problem with Windows today is too many configurations to properly test updates and upgrades. It was easier to work through these issues when you did not get a upgrade every six months. I think for many consumers Windows is overkill anyway, many just use a web browser and a handful of applications at the most. Some of these are even web accessible now from any browser. Chrome OS isn’t fast because of Linux, its fast because all it runs is a web browser. That’s probably a bit too simplistic for Chrome OS today because Android apps, and Linux terminal now are added. But even that doesn’t make Chrome OS a heavy OS like Windows. Besides it has predictable spec’d hardware so updates work flawlessly. We can only hope Microsoft follows a similar path because it will make devices more stable.

    1. “People stick with Windows even though they complain because it runs the applications they use”
      That is a red herring which Window Fans drag out to justify their use of MS products. As you say “many just use a web browser and a handful of applications at the most”. For that they can use any O/S, Chrome, Linux, Android, IOS, etc, etc, etc.

      “Installing Linux scares many”
      I’ll grant you that many are scared of the word “Linux” thanks to the FUD spread by tech writers, pundits and “experts” that to use Linux, the user must be fluent in command line. I wonder how many users have actually done a bare metal install of Windows? Talk about scary! Bare metal installation of any of the 20 most popular Linux distros is much simpler than a bare metal installation of Windows. For one, when installing Linux there are no repeated re-boots.

      “those who tried it probably either got frustrated with the installation and setup,”
      Are you perhaps generalizing based on your experience?

      “they will slowly replace it with something much lighter as they refer to as Modern OS. I suspect that will be like a Chrome OS device”
      That sounds very much like another Microsoft to regain their PC monopoly.
      MS will probably go SaaS for all their products. No more sales, only rental (subscription). Which still will not guarantee that the quality of the updates/upgrades will improve. As long as people keep using their software in large numbers, MS will see no reason to change their SOP.

      “The problem with Windows today is too many configurations to properly test updates and upgrades.”
      Linux has the same problem with too many configurations. Linux also has hundreds of versions making for many more permutations than Windows has to deal with. And yet Linux does not have the same history of crappy updates and upgrades as Microsoft.

      “It was easier to work through these issues when you did not get a upgrade every six months.”
      You did not get an upgrade every six months but you had upgrade Tuesdays.
      “Rolling” distros release updates/upgrades whenever they become ready, sometimes 3-4 times a week.

      “We can only hope Microsoft follows a similar path because it will make devices more stable.”
      It is not the devices that need to be more stable, it is the software updates/upgrades that need to be more stable. How come the devices that are unstable running MS products, are quite stable running Linux or BSD?

  18. I am on Windows 10 and back in early April 2019, I went to open a folder on my Gmail and found all documents that I had saved were gone! I then opened up some more and the same thing. What happened to all my messages, pictures, etc that I had in my olders! I have documents that can never be replaced gone and so much more. I never had any of these problems with Windows 7 or 8. In fact, I never had any problems with those versions. My daughter is a teacher and she still has V7.0 and will not change….I don’t blame her. I doubt whether I’ll ever see these again. The interesting thing is that what I have been putting in my folders since there, has remained. Too bad Microsoft can’t be sued for all of the problems that they have created.

  19. Just straight junk the May 2019, and it’s a damn lie that you can roll back to a previous version. It’s an option and says it can’t do it after 5 minutes of waiting. I reformatted my computer 10 times in 3 days, and even though I told the system to wait 364 (Pro Version) days before doing the May 2019 Service Pack. it would do the upgrade no matter what I told it. Lesson learned with the c*ap that Microsoft takes over your computer and will leave without a stable computer and sans your data and software. I am paranoid of Microsoft, so I backup religiously with Novabackup 19.3, Acronis True Image 2019, Norton Backup and IDrive, both to the cloud and my local drives. I will never take Microsoft as face value, as they are out to screw you as bad as possible, “Their motto is the Customer is always wrong, we know what is best your computer.” Thank gosh I found a German company that helped through Dantes Inferno (May’s update), I use OOSU10 and lock down my privacy and anything that MS would like to do to my computer without my permission. I have a copy of Dell’s Windows 7 Ultimate and will downgrade as soon as I can get it to work with NVME drivers.

    1. James Kirk, you are so right. Against my wishes and even though I had a technician tell the computer not to allow Windows Updates, it did it anyway. Three days of trying everything later, I have no Internet, Wifi, Registry messed up. I have spent hundreds of $ trying to fix it but nothing works. I was told to buy an external hard drive and try to salvage what I can.

  20. I need a help my PC had a seven pausing update,and I restarted it but it can’t display any thing on screen ,the screen is white only ,tell me the process I can use in order to using it again, thx

  21. thats why im keeping windows 7 ❤ (and a good antivirus including anti spyware/ramsomware)
    at least it doesnt gave me headaches like win10 did….

    1. Following your lead I’m reinstalling Win 7. I’ll simply unhook it from the internet before booting and just use it for games. 1903 is awful.

  22. Immediately after the update, a box appeared your “computer has problems and needs to shut down”, repeated each time i rebooted and i had to wind back to the previous version.
    Now i don’t want to try the update, can’t see it will be any different.

  23. Me too. Pc is very stuck after last update, keeps shutting itself down with the blue screen.. can’t do the recovery since the computer is too stuck to get to the settings.. annoying!

  24. Hi,
    I am not sure about the right update version, but it stopped at 82% with that blue screen and sad emoticon. After it restarts itself, there is the windows logo at boot, then a black screen with rotating dots remain forever.
    None of the recovery options have worked of course, why would they… (system restore points, boot fix, auto recovery, various safe modes, whatever). I don’t want the hassle of re-installation.
    Please give me some hints. Thanks!

  25. Some more comments: Nvidia graphics card, no USB disks, only one USB: logitech nano for keyboard/mouse, GRUB2 for OS selection in MBR of another disk, shouldn’t affect.

  26. The update killed my backup hard disk with virgin Win10, too. But fortunately, it could recover itself. Strangely, the resolution changed and it stayed there for a while at recovery. Could it be a graphics driver issue?

  27. Yesterday, I was a happy camper watching YouTube on my sell laptop, overnight windows updated itself. At times, here are the issues:
    1. I can’t login even though the password is correct, it takes a few tries….

    2. Once logged in, files explorer is gone – cannot launch it even manually, it just does not exist – many other tools are gone – network settings are gone – message pops that bad token is referenced….
    First error is – “desktop not accessible. Access is denied

    3. ALL THE PREVIOUS SYSTEM RESTORES ARE GONE – IT HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE WITH FIRST WINDOWS 10 ON THE SAME MACHINE… BACK THEN I LOST EVERYTHING AS WELL (HAD BACKUPS THANKFULLY)

    I can launch msconfig, but from the nothing works, “run” only launches msconfig and I can access the task mgr. Windows buttons don’t work, icons don’t work, network is gone, sound is gone,

    BASICALLY NOTHING WORKS

    BRILLIANT MICROSOFT!!!

    Who is going to undo the carnage caused by MS stupidity!?!??!?

    I am just venting, because I know that no one will give a shit about it….

    But for those who have not done the latest update,- DONT

    1. I understand how frustrated you are.. I am sick about this update..At least before I could go back to a previous version, not available now…Keeps signing me in as temporary profile…Can’t tolerate Windows 10 updates, but cannot afford to buy another product… Stinks.. I have tried all the tricks/suggestions to no avail…

  28. Latest update keeps causing a BSOD – “Stop code: SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED”. Have to boot in Safe Mode and go to the last Restore Point. Once it shuts down, it goes through the update and then can’t reboot.

    Still trying to figure out what is the actual cause.

  29. 7/22/19, and 1809 still hasn’t been offered to my “semi-annual, 180 days”. No update on the website to download, either. Shortened to 120 days, nothing. Changed it to “targeted” and the 1809 is available. I’m really wondering if I should stay on 1803 as long as possible.

  30. KB4507435 downloads every day and then requests restart. At which point it is unable to complete the update and un dose changes. It tries this two sometimes three times in a loop and then allows the computer to restart. This happens every day like ground hog day. I have run the trouble shooter no luck. I have stopped bits and windows update and deleted the software distribution folder and then turned bits and windows update back on and no luck. Any ideas other than a re install?

  31. I’m having the same problem as Ryan. In fact, there are a stack of entries in Microsoft Windows feedback hub complaining of the same problem. The Windows 10 Accumulative Update for the 1803 system (KB4507435) obstinately tries to update my Dell PC (Intel Inside) every day, unsuccessfully. The feedback hub shows over a 100 upvotes ; will Microsoft bother about these in a world of many millions of PC’s. This has been going on for several weeks now. Please ! what can do ? Move to a Linux system ?

  32. after updating to WIN10 I can’t even connect to internet or see my pictures or my files or music even videos please any help I don’t know what to do

  33. I hae an even better solution that is guaranteed to work with any hardware combination and any pc laptop or desktop.

    Uninstall windows and learn to use linux.

    Need windows for certain applications and have extra resources available?
    Learn about VirtualBox.

    Problem solved.

  34. Recent update killed my sound. The last thing I wanted to do on my day off was spend over an hour looking for a fix to another update that I never asked in the first place.

    Thankfully, this article on rolling back an update/ restoring a previous version was the solution to my problem.

    Microsoft needs to stop requiring these updates. I don’t need anymore spyware and not allowing me to say, “no” to an update is cyber-rape. #metoo

  35. I can’t understand why all these folks have so much trouble. I have used Windows 10 since the first free update from Win 7 was offered and have had no real troubles. The worst that has ever happened to me was preferences and prefered o\programs reset to MS defaults. Those were easily corrected.

  36. Edit to my previous comment:. I have installed the osutup10 app to eliminate a lot of the “telemewtry”

  37. I’m not technical so can’t quote details except that:
    -after a Windows update in April/May my PC would not restart. Got an expert in who told me that my hard disc was badly damaged, and despite her best efforts retrieval of any files in a readable form has proved impossible.
    – result, buy new computer.
    -Thanks Microsoft!

  38. Since Windows 10-v.1903 my indexing apps (Copernic, file-parsing in Lookeen) fail completely referring to a necessary install of .Net framework 4.0, which can’t be installed, since the newer v4.8 is included in Windows 10 v.1903 already.
    No solution by uninstalling/reinstalling the apps, AVS having cleaned the registry, running the apps as administrator.

  39. im still having problems too since the update… so frustrating.. if i can get through from the constant blackscreening, all my videos glitch up.. when that happens task manager says something is using all the ram.. but wont tell me what is using the ram… its bloody windows!! arrrrrrggghhh.. i usually wait a couple months before updating because of this constant unreliable hell but it still happens… right now its been an hour and all i get is a blackscreen.. again and again.. this is the worst update glitching ive ever had

  40. Thursday morning our office computer crashed losing ALL of our records. We run a program that uses Windows 10 so we were committed.
    It took a team from Montreal to work through the night to try and recover our corrupted files. They managed to get something from August 3rd. After more waiting, our local tech person extracted a mimicking file and not as corrupt and after running more tools to fix the file , they managed to get the latest save.
    This has cost the business thousands of dollars. Anyone else out there have a similar experience?

  41. After windows updated to version 1903 my Forti Client will not work and I can no longer connect to my company server. Tried several things all no help. Is there a Bug fix that will be coming out to fix this issue?

  42. Been using Linux mint for ages. Thought I would test out windows again for fun only to find broken updates Radeon graphics drivers all over the place. Pixelated text on all areas of the system so bad it hurts your eyes. What a waste of money for you poor people

  43. Just bought a brand new Lenovo laptop. Used it for 5 days then W10 forced me to do their major update – told me they had 22gigs of the old Windows stored for me in case things went bad.
    Things did go bad. NOTHING WORKS!
    Cannot use Search to find anything. Cannot use the internet, neither firefox nor Edge. Connection is fine but programs won’t work.
    System Restore did not help, made it worse. Went back … still screwed…
    Can’t open Lenovo help.
    Can’t open anything, it’s just completely broken and crippled.
    I HATE WINDOWS!
    Was planning to try Linux but wanted to get up and running on Windows first.
    Now can’t even get to the part of Windows to make a partition for Linux.
    This is effing CRAZY! Windows Update didn’t just screw up some aspects of my computer, it screwed up EVERYTHING!

  44. Just got the 1903 update and my desktop is rally bright and lacks contrast, I cannot use my
    nVidia control panel, it throws up an error message ‘The specified user does not have a valid profile’
    This update is awful, maybe I should roll back.

  45. I just did a windows 10 update and now I have a PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR. I can’t get my computer to restart in safe mode and I’m on a continuous loop with the bsod. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions are welcome. My laptop has a Bluetooth keyboard so I have to access everything from the tablet. Help! :)

    1. Michelle Onofrey I did not get the BSOD but (you can read above) the latest W10 update (feature update?) complete broke my brand new Lenovo Think Pad; that is it broke the W10 OS so I cannot use the computer AT ALL. The search doesn’t work, updates don’t work, internet doesn’t work, NOTHING works at all. Even if W10 issues a fix I don’t think I could load it… unless I could do so via USB…
      Windows sucks so bad I am planning to install Linux today on a partition and if it’s half as good as everyone says it is, it’s GOODBYE WINDOWS forever, and I can only say that I HOPE WINDOWS GOES COMPLETELY OUT OF BUSINESS and Bill Gates loses all his money and ends up in poverty, or better yet, prison, for selling everyone this completely worthless and non-working Windows 10 system.

  46. I use Macrium Reflect for backups. It’s free and it’s awesome. Once you download it, open it and tell it to create a boot menu for you and get it to create a bootable USB drive. That way you can always access your rig. 1903 changed the ID of my Win 10 drive so it was not seen. I was able to get to Macrium and reinstall 1803 on it. It automatically images the C drive twice a week. I’m also finding that leaving a non bootable USB drive permanently in my rig stops 1903 from downloading itself.

  47. With the new update when I save I get a black background with white letters that makes it difficult to locate the file I want to save to. What idiot thought this was a good design idea? It sucks!

  48. My Dell Vostro crashed two days ago, just as the long weekend started. I assume it has to do with the last Windows 10 update.
    I have danced through the BSOD many times to no avail, read through multiple suggestions on the net, and know that I will have to bite the bullet and have someone much more tech-savvy than I work on this. Same thing happened 16 months ago. Fortunately I can reload all my data and program licenses but jeez!! Time to switch to a Mac?

  49. Jeez. I’m sad that I see some of the people here having massive issues. For me my PC updated with no problem, just that it freezes alot and I have to reset my PC without the “restart” option which will screw my PC over badly because I used to have bluescreens and graphical issues with my system whenever it’d accidentally do 1 crash or if I had to force-restart it.

    I’m so sorry to people who lost everything. :(

    I shall put some important things onto my google drive as my USB’s are a little filled. I can’t risk losing all my drawings. :((

  50. Don’t Do It!!!! 3 Monitor set up for Gaming, destroyed. Puts up 3 separate screens with no way to combine them into 1 display! Destroys Classic Shell and other legacy items. Just skip it until Mickeysoft pulls its head out of you know where.

  51. IN FRENCH COMMENT…
    Pour moi avec win 10 – 1903 build 18362.329 j’ai 2 soucis:
    Primo: Le redémarrage est impossible puisque le PC se fige et les points qui tournaient en cercle bloquent soudainement… Je suis obligé de le réinitialiser avec le bouton “rapide” …
    Secundo: la mise à jour vers la build 18362.356 est impossible…j’ai arrêté mon kaspersky … nettoyé UPDATE … Essayé un logiciel nommé WSUS Rien n’a changé!
    Tout aide sera la bienvenue … Commentaire farfelu s’abstenir ! Merci

  52. I don’t actually believe it works for a majority of people. I actually think Microsoft shipped an update that is working for a minority of people. My company has many people where the update wastes hours, and it fails.

    Until Microsoft owns their problem, do not assume competence. The evidence suggests a very large user base is wasting time while Microsoft counts their dollars and doesn’t actually do competent work.

  53. I have an underpowered HP Stream laptop with hardly any storage. I have gone through this ‘hours’ long 1903 update about three times now (having to rely on additional USB storage). Each time, at the end of the long install, it says I was successful. I even check for updates and it says I’m current. However, a few days later, I get a notification that my last update failed and I need to do it again. I don’t understand this repetitious and misleading process.

  54. Hi, I am facing a weird problem after 1903 update. Some 3rd part UI don’t open! For example Dell Update UI does not open, McAfee AV UI does not open. Secondly, the targets (shortcut path) change automatically to a wrong logical drive and thus errors when you actually want to invoke! Strange! Any fixes for these? Thanks in advance

  55. Just had an update last night and lost all my files. Called Microsoft support and they told me my comp did an upgrade and all my files cannot be retrieved. So angry right now. Lost a ton of stuff I didn’t move to an ex hd. Ridiculous

  56. Too many eager beavers who gladly install feature upgrades or even security updates blindly without taking pause to see what bugs are created and will they affect your hardware. Users should take advantage of the Windows update pauses and allow for these bug to show up and be patched. Honestly what set Windows 7 apart from Windows 10 was far more control over updates and Windows version upgrades. As well as the fact those upgrades came much less frequently and were vetted properly before release. Honestly you place any OS on such a fast pace of upgrades as Microsoft has and throw in millions of devices and hardware configurations and its a recipe for disaster. Clearly Microsoft Windows team gave themselves and their Insider’s too much credit on vetting these upgrades.

  57. Did the latest Sep 2019 update. It took 7 hours!!!! to complete. Now it keeps saying Restart to Update – three times I have had to do this. I assume that some updates didn’t install properly. This is a nightmare. Now I find that the ‘features’ I need don’t work. The browsers (Foxfire & Chrone) keep losng tabs. I then find them orphaned in separate windows. I used to be able to drag and drop them back to the main window – but drag and drop no longer works with the browser windows and tabs. In File Explorer I used to be able to drag and drop files to such as Adobe Photo Shop, WeTransfer and other services. But drag and drop for files no longer works. I can’t resize windows by dragging the margins in or out – its either full screen or half screen. The ‘-‘ drops the window to the task bar. The ‘+’ doesn’t resize to full screen (with tabs showing). The overlapping square icon (to customise resize midway) no longer works. Periodically the browser tabs disappear. And als the task bar at the botton. I have no way of getting them to reappear. Hopeless.

  58. My Acer Nitro laptop did an automatic update last night. I had not heard about the issues with the windows update and now I’m in an endless cycle of repairing your computer (not working) or reset. My desktop is an Alien with win 7 and I’ve never had these kinds of problems with it. I hesitated to buy a new laptop due to everything being a win 10 now but I had to bite the bullet. Now I’m not sure what to do. Should I “reset” and keep my files…?

  59. Linux desktop is a second class OS always has been always will. The reasons are far too many but as Linus Torvalds said in 2018. The fragmentation is slowing progress and hampering development of graphic drivers and third parties to support so many different systems. He’s belief is Chrome OS will be the future not Linux desktop and the internal strife inside of Linux is to blame. I tend to agree with Linus that his vision was never about having so many distributions of desktop Linux. It also complicates selling Linux to a Windows user who see’s this messy ecosystem as too confusing and even when they try it they typically must have just the right hardware or risk spending hours of fiddling and posting for help in forums. I don’t know of too many average users willing to accept this as better.

  60. Hi, I would like to know if any of you got your computer only entering Safe Mode after Windows decided to update without waiting for an answer. Every time I turn it on, my computer enters Safe mode and I can’t do anything like playing games and things are too big. I’m planning on doing a backup and restore to like the first of three last updates but I’d like to know also if this bug will keep happening? Would it be a problem with my computer or only with the update at that time?

  61. Ever since I’ve updated, my computer has slowed down big time, and my printer is going crazy (repeat printing or not printing at all), and my computer has become very slow. I can’t even go back to a previous versions of windows :( This computer is less than a year old!!

  62. NO way will this happen to me again. Microcrap update team is completely incompetent. WindowsUpdateDisabler at least works and i’ve completely shut all updates off until further notice. Any of us would lose our jobs if we consistently performed our jobs like the windows update team has performed its job. Just flat out horrid. Total embarrassment.

    Shocking incompetence.

  63. After the fall update, the pined file explorer does not respond to mouse right click.
    So, in order to get recent files option I needed to setup a desktop short cut.
    In addition, it made a reset to all my personal preferences like font sizes that I did setup using a tweaking utility.
    The arbitrary brutal resenting of configurations is a common practice of most windows 10 updates.
    Windows 10 updates did not reach the break even point yet. Namely, the point when the new update does not introduce a higher number of bugs then in intended to fix.
    Sometimes it looks to me that the MS windows 10 team did not use windows ever before.

  64. many advice for fix win10 update problem didnot help me. Only this help me:
    I download Windows10Upgrade9252.exe (approx 6Mb) and I ran it. It upgraded windows and than windows updates go without any problems.

  65. The new Microsoft update has crashed my computer. Update 1903 (3) Oxc1900101 can’t configure some settings. When I restart, it hangs on a black screen page asking me to choose the OS to start (or advanced options). No matter which OS I choose, ((my choices are windows 10 and windows 10) I thought maybe, one is the old before the update and the other is the new after the update) the computer crashes. At least it boots up to that point, allowing me to choose advanced options and then safe mode, which then recognizes something is wrong with windows last update and uninstalls the update for me. Then restarts back to my last working version 1803. I let the update try again one week later and same thing. For now I have gone into settings, admin tools, services and disabled windows update altogether.

    1. How do you disable windows update altogether? I would very much like to do that, but haven’t seen a choice. Every “features” update results in hours of computer use loss and struggles to get it back again.

  66. Nothing is working properly, literally! No calculator, no startup menu etc. I’m using them by finding their path. I have created lots of shortcut to open the progrmas that I use often including ms word, paint etc. Calculator, feedback, seaxch, start menu is not working. I wonder when they will fix these all issues. I’m not sure whether I should uninstall the updates since it may cause a worse problem:( What is your suggestion?

  67. Thank you for some interesting & hopefully useful info..once I can get back into my PC!
    Had no problem(s) but decided to do a Full Windows Defender scan overnight. Tried to log in this morning got buffering then a black screen. Did the usual turn off/on unplug etc. Tried pressing F8 (?) lots of times. Got a pop up saying NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM error. Tried turning it off one more time then screen said Scanning and repairing dive C .. unfortunately got to 36% then started again and now stuck on 6% complete ..Oh dear.

  68. Another thing the 1903 update broke for my is my USB2.0 HDTV Tuner (AVerMedia Volar Green) I am in Australia ew have 5 main channels (ABS, 7, 9, 10 and SBS) each of these has there own set of sub channels, most SD and 1 (or 2 in the case of 9) in 1080i HD. Windows update broke my ability to use the 2 HD channels from 9 (9HD and 9gemHD), when the required hardware acceleration is enabled in AVerTV. As a result I get Audio and no Video on those channels. If I disable the Hardware Acceleration in AVerTV not only do I get horriffic color glitching on 9HD and 9gemHD, ALL channels get massive garbling artifacts every single time the scene changes. This sucks as my TV is crap, it only does 702p and the colors are wrong and washed out, the speakers are tinny and distort even at moderate volume and when connecting external speakers to the jack the sound still comes out of the internal speakers. My monitor is much better, it is 1080p @165Hz with anadaptive refres rate and far, far superior visual quality, my PC also uses a Sound Blaster Zx connected to a set of Logitech z906 THX-Certified 5.1 surround speakers, so running the TV through my PC is far superior in both picture and sound quality. I find no help on any forum, I contacted AVerMedia and one of their support personell said Windows 10 is to blame, and when I contacted a Microsoft ttechnician by phone they wouldn’t help because the Tuner isn’t a Microsoft product and the Tuners app isn’t a Microsoft made app. Micsoft’s OS broke the damn thing and they refuse to take resopnsibility for it. I found many, many threads of others with their USB and PCIE HDTV tuners broken by this god-awful update and all that happens is Microsoft locks the thread.

  69. How can a company like Microsoft ignore their responsibility with Windows 10 faulty upgrades? Is there somewhere we can all complain to? I have a desktop that I has been driving me mad for past two weeks with BSOD and resets every time I start it. My system eventually recovers but why should we have to accept this? I thought it was a problem with my hardware as windows suggests but there is nothing wrong with my PC the problem turns out to be with Microsoft!! Today I started up my lap top which I need for my job and guess what BSOD but this time I cant get it to start the only solution is to reload Windows 10 and lose some software in the process. Then I check on line and there are thousands of people everywhere suffering with this problem. How can Microsoft get away with this and blissfully go about their business when its causing so many problems worldwide?

    1. “How can Microsoft get away with this and blissfully go about their business when its causing so many problems worldwide?”
      It’s called ‘user lock-in’. M$ knows that most users cannot/will not give up Microsoft products. They are trapped in Microsoft’s walled prison. The only way M$ will take notice of user dissatisfaction is if users switch to another O/S and M$ starts loosing market share big time. Unfortunately, for various reasons, a mass migration away from Microsoft will never happen.

  70. yep,microsoft strikes again,uninstalled in 2 minutes after restarting computer,major glitch with monitor/tv, no problem now its uninstalled,nice try will never upgrade again,dont care what bug theyre were supposed to fix

  71. worst update experience ever…keep getting bsod when restart during the update. Microsoft please fire your software engineer that is incharge of this update.

  72. It’s gotten to the point where Windows update two Windows 10 is a virus that freezes my computer. Shutting it on and off doesn’t work I actually have to unplug it and wait for a whole minute before I plug it in again just to get my computer to boot up. This happened with the last Windows update too. I actually had to look up how to turned up Windows updates for the future and block it if it tries again. I just don’t need Microsoft screwing up my computer anymore. It freaks me out every time it does. It only happens after a Windows 10 update. I’m to the point where I’m convinced Windows is unable to do an update anymore.

  73. After last update my xone k2 not work when I try to start any software who used it windows screen go full blue and tel mi a problem with xone 2k soundcard controler

  74. The last two updates caused one program (game) to disappear completely; blew away Drop Box (they cannot start it) and made the computer muddy and bloated. By definition, an update means an item is corrected to it’s best performance, not add programs that do not work well. There is a lot of junk added by M.S. and 99 percent of it is useless or cannot be edited. The 12 year olds coding are more interested in flash and cute than in having a solid working machine. I might remind them that the license was paid by the manufacturer and I bought the machine. Don’t change my stuff. Why can’t an update have check boxes and you can add what you want?

  75. Who updated this in December 2019, including this nonsensical sentence? –
    Recently, Windows Insiders revealed that an update is coming to Windows 10 (around April 2019) which will allow all Windows users (including Home users) to pause updates by up to seven days.
    Is that really old news, or should the date be April 2020 ?

    1. Pausing Updates is already here. I’m duel booting to see how far and vulnerable windows 7 is so downloaded all the updates now and then see what is secure and not.

      1. Missing the point – the article writes about a so-called coming event and gives the date of that “future” event as 2019. At the end of the article there is a claim that it was updated in December 2019, which implies that someone re-read the article, checking that the information it contained was current. The fact that “April 2019” was allowed to stand when it was obviously out of date makes me wonder what other misleading information is here.

  76. after update no cast to tv. my onboard sound not working to the point i had to install a pci sound card to get sound working again. why ms why. don’t release an update if its not stable

  77. I don’t have enough space on the C:\ drive to install Windows next Upgrade. I run 1803 Win 10 Home. I only have 3GB left on C:\ drive and need a minimum of 8GB to upgrade to 1903/1909
    According to MS Support there should be an option “Fix Issues” on my Windows Update screen which would allow me to direct the WIndows update to the USB Flash drive instead of the too small C:\ drive.

    But the option “Fix Issues” is not present… so I can’t upgrade which means I can’t probably get the option. I wonder if there would be a small KB upgrade patch on top of Windows 1809 which would deliver this option.

    Anyone has the same issue?

  78. Win 10 always was and still is cr*p. I was forced to update to1903 because of new graphic card (Nvidia 2080 super) and it seemed to work at first. Unfortunately, few days later it updated to 1909 and the hell broke lose.
    It is absolutely disgusting that companies like MS are even allowed to trade. Any other industry that attempts to sell so obviously shoddy and not fit for use goods would be driven to bankruptcy through courts.

  79. According to MS, version 1909 is supposed to have a calendar app in the start menu to allow adding events etc to the Windows calendar, or to be able to do it from the task bard date/time icon, Not happening on my system. Whats up[?

  80. I bought a brand new laptop in August. The hard drive crashed. Dell said the crash was caused by Windows updates. A new hard drive was put in. It crashed again in last week in January. Again Dell had to put a new hard drive in. I can get to all the data on the crashed hard drives, just not boot into the system.

    What can I do to stop my hard disk crashing every 2 months?

  81. Since update my laptop is trying to restart repeatedly, a quick message pops up saying “attempting to recover installation…” Then switches quickly to ” undoing changes made to your computer” then tries to shut down, and restart! S.o.s.!

  82. Since windows update I can not open Images in my website system, the images are stored in a file on my computer when I want to upload an image to my website, I have to add the image to my library first, now when I hit the add image button nothing happened. I started to add images on a different computer, which worked unit last week, an update was loaded now Images can not open in any third party software.
    Any ideas to fix this issue.

  83. Since installing a Windows 10 Update onto my pc on 27th July 2019 I have been experiencing problems with displaying photos in a folder in File Explorer. This folder contains nearly 16,000 photos and videos taken since December 2010.

    I set this folder up by right clicking in a space in the folder then left clicking on ‘Arrange By’ and then left clicking on ‘Month’ and, before the Windows Update, Windows 10 File Explorer CORRECTLY used ‘Date Taken’ on photos and ‘Media Created’ on videos to put the files into the correct grouping ‘folder’.

    Since the Windows Update the system is INCORRECTLY using ‘Date Modified’ on both photos and videos to display the files in a Month and Year ‘group’. So, photos and videos are being displayed in the wrong Month and Year ‘group’.

    I have worked out that if a photo or video is modified (e.g. by rotating a photo or changing it’s ‘Date Taken’ or by changing the ‘Media Created’ date on a video) the system then CORRECTLY uses the ‘Date Taken’ on a photo or the ‘Media Created’ date on a video to display the file in a grouping ‘folder’. However, having got all the 16,000 photos and videos being displayed in the their correct ‘groups’ I have found that as time passes, Windows 10 seems to be once again displaying more and more of the photos and videos using their ‘Date Modified’.

    To demonstrate this, on 18th January 2020 I finished modifying the photos and videos to get them all displayed in their correct Month and Year ‘groups’ (i.e. windows 10 using the Date Taken on photos and ‘Media Created’ on videos). There were 15,608 photos and videos taken from December 2010 to July 2019 all being displayed in their respective Month and Year ‘groups’. However, when I checked the folder on 19th January there were 5,931 photos and videos in a ‘group’ named January 2020 (they all had a ‘Date Modified’ of 18/01/2020 and Windows 10 seemed to be once again using this date to allocate their display). Even more worryingly, when I checked the folder again on 23/01/2020 there were 8,245 photos and videos in the January 2020 ‘group’, then on 24/01/2020 there were 8,645 items and then this morning (25/02/2020) there were 11,340 items in the January 2020 ‘group’. So, it seems Windows 10 is gradually using the ‘Date Modified’ to incorrectly display more and more of these files.

    I have been reporting this issue and it’s developments to Microsoft since august 2019 (including putting details on the Feedback Hub) but nobody is taking any responsibility for getting this fixed. I occasionally manage to get to talk to somebody and all they say is there is currently no fix for it but nobody is communicating with me to say what is happening about it.

    Is anyone able to offer me any advise or assistance please ?

    Thanks, Steve

  84. Since updating to 1909 I’ve had to restart my computer multiple times for several different issues. First was an image problem, unable to open photos properly. Got that resolved. Second was a video problem. None of my flash/video functions (online and off, including Netflix online and WMP offline) were working properly. I got that situated and then less than two hours later had to restart again because after I woke the computer up from sleep everything on the screen was blown up (think “largest size font and giant images) and all the functionality looked like the most basic of BIOS, including the hand where the mouse arrow typically is. Instead of my normal widescreen all of the images/icons were condensed into a 4×3 ratio, boxing it all in. I’ve also had issues with wi-fi dropping a lot more.

    There is something screwy with this update. If I continue to have problems over the next day or so I will absolutely be rolling back the update. Get your s*** together, Windows. Seriously. Or I’m switching to Mac/Linux.

    1. I have never felt greater relief than the day that I installed Linux Mint on one of my computers and configured the other to dual boot with Linux Mint. The Windows update simply drove me away from Microsoft Windows. I have left Windows on one of my computers just in case I need Windows for a particular application that will run only in Windows. Up til now, I have been able to run every Windows application using Linux Mint and Wine. Instead of spending all day trying to update Windows, I can update my Linux mint in a short time. I actually have control over Linux Mint updates unlike Windows which seems to update when IT wants to. I setup my wife’s computer so that it dual boots into Linux Mint or Windws. Since that time, she has never booted the computer into Windows.
      I would recommend installing Linux Mint to dual boot on your computer. Like me, you will probably never use Windows again.

  85. Reading comments on Win10 update 1909, I feel relieve that I have done nothing wrong on my laptop’s system! It’s the Windows update, it has sent the “official” viruses to out users’ system without testing! I can’t start my laptop at all. I have tried a few tips to fix, like checking viruses, fixing the boot records. …all don’t work! What can I do now? buying a new laptop?????

  86. Okaaayy
    So hi everyone, (and sorry if someone already posted about the same issue), I’m just totally clueless and kinda gettin frustrated here.
    So hear me out. It looks like my PC doesn’t acknowledge my input/output audio device anymore. It could be very funny and not so much a big-of-a-deal if i wasn’t a damn home-school student who needs to hear the video conference of her teacher….
    the thing is, no matter what I do, nothing seems to work.
    And it was caused by a weird updating-on-his-own windows something who’s happend to be malicious (so the tech on the phone says).
    And what could have been funny transformed into a big ol’ mess, cause I needed to « erase » the last few days of my computer, to see if that would fix the problem, and then windows told me to uninstall my malware app, and then PC freaked out, frozed, closed. And now…
    Nothing.
    A big fat « no can do » slow piece of computer which cost me 1300$ And cannot even Open the search bar without going cray-cray and wild.

    Please. Help me, imma noob. I have class in two days, and so many homework to dooooo

  87. MICROSOFT IS DEAD FOR ME! Enough is enough, I just lost dozens of Gigabytes of data, this crap OS updated without my knowledge or permissions, for some of you folks that think there’s a lot you can do to prevent or disable auto updates, you are disillusioning yourself, I had disabled services, and a firewall blocking dozens of Microsoft IPs, to prevent this crap and even with that Windows 10 update started and did this mess. The only reason I kept using Windows is because of a couple of Software applications, a warning to those companies, Sketchup, Adobe, Autodesk, I am done with windows, and as such I am also done with your subscription plans, I am going to Linux definitely!

  88. I never had any major issues with Windows 10 .. after of course the first 6 months when they fixed things. It’s been fine for years untill a couple weeks ago when the most recent update started deleting files and links to all my programs. I was unaware till yesterday, as I hadn’t been on much except for playing 1 game. Now i discovered, I might have to wipe it and start over and lost some things that I can’t get back. My backups also are missing and yet my hard drives are suddenly full!

  89. Had a Windows 10 update the other day and now finding folders with few or no files in which previously had loads of files and new files not being saved in the correct place and really difficult to find.

  90. there seems to be one consistent theme for the updates … to screw up your computer – I remain completely underwhelmed by the overpaid underperforming losers who claim to ‘work with computers’ – your legacy is a legend of mess

  91. useful but not useful enough. PCs simply not restarting -or in continuous reboot restart loop so the above fixes are not helpful. I think UEFI boot complications are making it even more difficult. How to recover a win 10 dead pc? back in the old days of win7 ,we could boot from usb repair disk, and without uefi, things appeared to be easier to solve. I have had to complete Win10 fails in the last 2 years on laptop, both requiring complete rebuild, then restore of files.

    1. Cormac, have you gotten any response at all? My PC is in the exact same condition. Will not boot up – keeps booting and I’ve tried EVERY SINGLE OPTION AVAILABLE on the blue screen, but none of them work. PC can’t uninstall the update, won’t let me go back to a previous build (I can’t even get to Windows to try), won’t reset, won’t reimage. I’m frantic, and I can’t find anyone who knows how to fix it. I’ve got my fingers crossed that YOU were able to get help and maybe you can offer some advice.

  92. It seems that for the past 2 months, people have been reporting that they’ve been unable to update at all. For me, it’s just the cumulative updates that refuse to install.

  93. Hi, i’m having problem while updating windows 10 latest update. Following line is showing every time,

    “There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x80070057)”

    & then again “Retry”

    Right now what can I do?

  94. Up to March 26, was experiencing a niggling but just tolerable problem of erratic internet connection
    and very slow performance when a update was trying to update outside the scheduled date .
    After March 26 ,suddenly everything went wrong . All apps became unavailable together with all the files.
    Rollback was unavailable because I had gone past the 10 day restriction. I tried to refresh but this too has failed because at one stage of the process it fails to recognise my identity and instead provides a temporary ID with major restriction in accessing the files.
    My son who used to be a MIcrosoft engineer say he has never had any problems with updates and has not even noticed them . He even claims that all internet reports of problems are from people that dont know what they are talking about. I cant even get him to look at my laptop and he says the remedy is to buy a new computer( its only 3 years old) and that its my fault that the laptop is broken.
    I had just written my will out and saved it on the computer . perhaps the laptop breakdown was fate.
    I am considering buying another one but I think that it time to abandon Microsoft with never ending updates and turn to an Android device. I am also reconsidering my will when i re write it.

  95. I have seen several of these articles describing how Microsoft’s forced updates to Windows 10 have caused problem after problem after problem. This is why, in the old days, end users were allowed to completely disable Windows Update. That Microsoft will not go back to that way of doing things speaks volumes to me. I will air-gap my Windows 10 laptop (which thankfully has no critical or un-backed-up data on it) and use my Windows 7 computer (which is actually still my main computer) to access the internet. Microsoft is currently headed and staffed by incompetent people who (thankfully) are going to drive the company out of business eventually. Hopefully soon, too.

  96. I did everything you suggested. Unfortunately, MS in its infinite “wisdom” ignores these steps and force feeds their crap updates on my computer. The only way to avoid updates now is to stay off line :(

  97. My files have gone- my business has collapsed. Maybe my time has come. Bill Gates must be spinning in his grave

  98. My ASUS Laptop running WIN10 was updated twice recently and I immediately noticed it became very slow to boot up, then very slow to load Google. When I attempted to shut it down it started a series of messages such as – Preparing Automatice Repair, Start Erasing Flash, Start Programming Flash, 100%, Reboot after 2 seconds, Diagnosing, Repairing Disk, This might take over an hour to complete, repeated any or all of the above messages several times, then finally gave up and said “Unable to Repair”.
    How delightful? Microsoft engineers must have had fun writing these messages knowing that users would encounter these problems in due course. My ASUS laptop is now quite dead, but in the hands of my favourite local technician. He says that he might have to replace the SSD, but is trying to recover my files in the meantime. No success so far. I will keep you posted.

  99. Why does Bill Gates get to control my machine? I paid for the machine with my money, then upgraded to win 10 pro over the internet for another $100. No one can tell me why I lose the pro upgrade if I ever need to “refresh win 10”. Microsoft sucks. I bet they try to fix it without telling us.

    1. I don’t think Bill Gates has anything to do with MS these days, but you should have received a key, code, whatever they call it, with the upgrade something like:
      XXXXX-YYYYY-ZZZZZ-AAAAA-BBBBB
      Obviously, the letters will be slightly different.
      Find it and save it in case you have to enter it later.
      This may find it too:
      https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
      There are many similar utilities.
      Stick with Pro, gpedit alone is worth the upgrade. Home versions are adware; horrible, nagging, annoying.

  100. I cannot figure out how employees at the company can continue to be so incompetent. Everything was working fine before mid-May. Since then, I cannot access the printer which I had purchased the month before. Plus, my separate scanner is also non-funtional.

  101. Wow! If everyone had a monitor the size of the one in the pic, Windows would work perfectly, always!

    What? MS has no idea how to fix Windows, what’s wrong with my solution?

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