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  • Microsoft’s “optional, non-security” Win10 1903/1909 patch KB 4532695 having a host of problems

    Posted on February 8th, 2020 at 06:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a reason why you should never install an “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patch for any Windows 10 version. Last month’s is worse than most.

    Mayank Parmar at Windows Latest presents an impressive list: Installation problems (par for the course), Blue Screens (decidedly above par), boot failure, performance slowdowns, Bluetooth problems, WiFi problems, audio problems… the list goes on and on.

    Folks who install the “optional, non-security” patches need to know that they’re beta testing the fixes — even more than you normally beta test Microsoft’s patches.

    There’s almost never any reason to click on Download and install now. In January, I had hopes that the Optional cumulative update would solve the File Explorer Search bug in Win10 1909. It didn’t.

    The longer I work on warning people about bad Windows patches (16 years on AskWoody, before that in my books), the more I wonder what compels people to install the latest, untested patches.

    Human nature, I guess. The eternal hope that something better waits just around the corner…

    As Parmar notes, there’s no indication of problems on the official Windows Release Information Status page. In fact, I don’t see any updates there since November. Perhaps the effort has been abandoned?