Microsoft released Windows 10 cumulative update KB4515384 on September 10 included in this month’s Patch Tuesday cycle.
According to the official KB page, this update comprises just three major changes, namely the typical security updates rolling out on Patch Tuesday, further mitigations against speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities, and a treatment for an insect causing high CPU usage from the SearchUI.exe process.
At first glance, this isn’t this type of heavy cumulative update, albeit because it is the case of each and every other such release, more improvements are generally made underneath the hood as well and Microsoft just decides it’s not worth sharing all of them with the remainder of users.
Microsoft originally said hello wasn’t conscious of any issues in the update, which was somehow surprising, especially given that a lot of people previously complained of various errors experienced when or after installing cumulative updates.
Unfortunately for Windows 10 version 1903 users, cumulative update KB4515384 has a continuously-increasing list of issues, by the looks of things, users continue to come across new problems on a daily basis.
Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged these, but the more we wait, the greater we discover out about things that not work correctly after installing this update.
As some users told us in comments to my article on KB4515384 issues here, this cumulative updates sometimes fails to install on their Windows 10 devices, albeit for now, this doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue.
On the other hand, Microsoft has confirmed three different errors that you could encounter after setting it up.
First of all, the Input Method Editor (IME) could become unresponsive and cause high CPU usage, while on some devices, the Start menu and also the Windows Desktop Search might neglect to launch. This latter problem is actually the one hitting the biggest quantity of devices, as I’m seeing increasingly more users complaining of the extremely same bug every single day.
Microsoft says it’s investigating the beginning menu problem, but a fix isn’t readily available for now.
Then, audio in games is quiet or diverse from expected, Microsoft says, and this is all because the cumulative update comes with a change requested by Microsoft partners. The software giant has reverted this change and says a full fix obtained care of.
Unfortunately, each one of these problems, together with others that are yet to be acknowledged by Microsoft, such as this PIN login error, reveal that installing cumulative updates on a Windows 10 devices continues to be a Russian roulette than can certainly go wrong at any moment.
From users’ perspective, however, there’s not much to complete other than delaying the installation of these botched cumulative updates. The only problem is the fact that Patch Tuesday releases are available with security improvements and not installing the updates means a tool remains unprotected.
So far as Microsoft is worried, there’s a lot room for improvements when it comes to the caliber of cumulative updates. And it all starts with the standard testing the company should run before striking the go-ahead button for production devices.
Most cumulative updates for that latest stable form of Windows 10 are tested with the help of users within the Windows Insider program. But recently, the Insider program itself has become rather confusing for a lot of, as users here are currently running three different versions of Windows 10, namely version 1903, 19H2, and 20H1.
Installing cumulative updates has been a risky thing to do from the first day, and by the looks of things, Microsoft continues to have a hard time providing them with right. While I always recommended people to update their devices as soon as patches emerge, all these errors appear to suggest this is no more the proper way to go.
What’s your experience with the most recent cumulative updates? Is updating on the first day something that continues to be worth doing? Tell me what you believe within the box following the jump.