It’s been a rough year for Windows 10 updates, to say the least. And it doesn’t seem to be getting any better after a new patch and yet another round of Blue Screen of Death reports.
At first, this latest issue only seemed to be affecting certain Windows devices. But as it turns out, the problem was more widespread.
Instead of only blocking the patch from certain devices, Microsoft has now removed the optional update altogether. And it’s definitely not the first time this year.
A year of problem after problem
Going back to January, one Microsoft patch was so problematic that some PCs became unbootable. Then in March, Microsoft released a set of updates to fix a number of other issues but about two weeks later, more updates followed to fix issues that arose from those patches. Soon after, system-breaking bugs that could lead to the Blue Screen of Death halted a major update in April.
Six relatively quiet months later, the big October roll-out was halted due to “major problems” after complaints that the update was deleting large chunks of user files. Microsoft addressed those issues and tried the roll-out again a few days later – but stopped again, sending the October Update back for beta testing where additional problems were found. Wow.
And here we go again.
Microsoft’s latest buggy patch
The latest issue deals with November 2018 cumulative update KB4467682 for Windows 10 version 1803. A number of users recently reported their PCs were crashing and they were seeing the notorious Blue Screen of Death along with the error code “System thread exception not handled.”
It looked like the problems were isolated to Microsoft’s own Surface Book 2, so they halted the optional update for that specific device earlier this week. After learning it was more widespread, it was pulled completely.
Microsoft released the following statement on the support page for that update: “After installing this optional update some users have reported getting a blue or black screen with error code, ‘System thread exception not handled.’ As a precaution, we have removed this optional update from Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog to protect customers. Fixes and improvements will be available in the December 2018 security update release and will include a resolution for this issue.”
But will the December update end Microsoft’s year on a high note, or come with a new set of problems? We’ll have to wait and see.