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Microsoft issues emergency update for 43 bugs

Earlier this month, Microsoft halted the public rollout of the latest major update for Windows 10 named the October 2018 Update due to numerous complaints that it was deleting large chunks of user files. Microsoft finally confirmed that the bug affected Windows 10 users who have previously turned on a feature called “Known Folder Redirection.”

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now back for beta testing in Microsoft’s Windows Insider program where testers are still finding fresh bugs. This means that until all the bugs are ironed out and Microsoft deems the update fit for a re-release, most users will be stuck with the April 2018 Update for a while.

But it looks like even the April 2018 Update still has its own set of bugs, too. This month’s Patch Tuesday release even triggered the dreaded blue screen of death on some machines because of faulty HP keyboard drivers.

Although Microsoft already fixed that with an unscheduled patch earlier this month, the company just released another out-of-band emergency patch to fix other quality issues on Windows 10.

There are no security fixes this time, but these performance bugs can indeed be show-stoppers.

Microsoft fixes 43 new bugs

Microsoft recently rolled out another new build (KB44629330) for machines running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803).

Although this surprise patch does not bring any new OS features (we’ll have to wait for the re-release of the October 2018 for those), it does fix more bugs and quality issues that presumably the last Patch Tuesday updates introduced.

Multiple bugs regarding sound drivers are fixed with the latest build, including the stoppage of audio when controlling computer’s volume, when using call control and while streaming via Bluetooth.

The out-of-band patch also fixes another bug that causes Windows to freeze when a paired Bluetooth device is suddenly removed.

Another bug that was fixed caused Scheduled Tasks to remain in queue without executing while the user is logged in.

Other quality issues addressed include bugs with Group Policy preferences and with applications that run within Windows Container.

Another interesting fix concerns Venezuela’s new currencies due to hyperinflation. If you can recall, Venezuela issued a new currency, the “new sovereign bolivar,” in August to address the crisis.

Not-so-fun fact: One new sovereign bolivar is equivalent to around 100,000 old bolivars.

With the latest Windows build, the Venezuelan currency’s symbol has been changed, together with its English currency name, local currency name, and its international currency code.

How to update

If you are experiencing some of these quality issues and it’s affecting your work, you may want to apply the patch immediately. Here’s how:

How to update Windows

Most Windows machines are set to download and install updates automatically by default. If you haven’t changed your automatic update settings, then you should be fine.

Here’s how to check:

On Windows 10, click Start (Windows logo), choose “Settings,” select “Update & Security,” then on the “Windows Update” section, select “Check for Updates.” (Note: the “Windows Update” section is also handy for showing you updates that are currently being downloaded or applied.)

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