Windows 10 updates continue giving users headaches

Ruben Fields
September 19, 2019

More than just spending a whole release to polish, Microsoft needs to also clean up its update development and testing process. More specifically, the problems are being confronted by these on build 18362.356.

In June Microsoft introduced a new policy that allows users to manually delay updates from occurring for up to 35 days. Gamers are complaining that their in-game audio is all over the place because apparently, Windows isn't processing multi-channel audio correctly. Microsoft seems to have already acknowledged the issue and explains that the compatibility bug is happening with Intel Centrino 6205/6235 and Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters on specific models of NEC devices.

Microsoft says a permanent fix will be rolled out in late September. Microsoft said it's reverting changes in its problematic KB4515384 Windows 10 patch to revert changes it made to enable multichannel audio. "This may result in games sounding different than customers are used to and may have missing channels".

This update is not available for manual download and installation and you need to check in Windows update to get the update.

In a day and age when connecting to a Wi-Fi network should be a given, NEC devices updated to Windows 10 version 1903 can't use any Wi-Fi connections. Microsoft is still officially "presently investigating" those problems and has not issued guidance on when an update will be available, the company has said, in an update published Friday night.

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Affected users can mitigate the issue by "disabling then re-enabling the Wi-Fi adapter in Device Manager".

For users of non-English languages, though, there's a bigger issue: The company has confirmed that there's a bug in its Input Method Editor (IME), triggered when using Simplified and Traditional Chinese among other as-yet unconfirmed non-English input languages, which - like the Cortana bug before it - causes excessive CPU usage.

Microsoft has a quality control problem. I'm running Intel driver 12.18.8.22 successfully pre-update, if that helps anyone.

Everything began with an essential character from Windows 10, KB4512941.

However, the company does have a workaround outlined on its support page for the issue and is promising a proper resolution in "an upcoming release".

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