Windows 10 users were delivered some good news last week with Microsoft releasing a new patch that fixes a multitude of issues with the market-leading desktop OS.
Windows 10 users can now download a new optional update from Microsoft which fixes over 30 issues with the world's most popular desktop operating system. Windows 10 users have a hard time of late, with the major May 2020 update as well as the June 2020 cumulative update causing a number of problems. From issues with Google Chrome, to problems connecting printers, to issues with internet connectivity – it seems that Windows 10 users have been hit with numerous problems in recent months.
But in a welcome bit of good news, Microsoft has just pushed out an optional update which addresses dozens of issues with the hugely popular OS.
As reported on in a post by ZDNet, the KB4568831 preview update addresses a number of issues which has led to the Windows 10 May 2020 update being blocked on some PCs. One of the big headline changes is the optional update brings with it a fix that caused certain LTE modems to stop accessing the internet. This major glitch was caused after the Windows 10 version 2004 update (also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 update) was installed on machines.
Microsoft also fixed a similar issue in the optional update for Windows 10 versions 1909 and 1903 which was released earlier this month. Elsewhere, KB4568831 also addresses an issue that stopped the Magnifier from working in Excel and stopped the spreadsheet programme from working entirely.
Another issue that has been addressed with the Windows 10 update is a glitch that caused the Settings page to suddenly close unexpectedly. This prevented default applications in Windows 10 from being set up properly. The update also fixed a bug that caused issues with accessing network printers.
The KB4568831 update also addresses problems which affected Microsoft's Storage Spaces feature. Storage Spaces is a RAID-like feature that helps protect a user's data from drive failures and extend storage over time as you add drives to your PC. In June it emerged that a bug with the Windows 10 May 2020 update caused the Storage Spaces feature to break and corrupt files.
Microsoft later confirmed this issue and offered troubleshooting advice to affected users. Now the KB4568831 update brings with it two features for Storage Spaces. One of these fixes addresses a big issue that can cause "data-integrity issues", the other addresses a problem with the Manage Storage Spaces feature in Control Panel.
The Windows 10 update also boasts fixes for compatibility issues with Nvidia drivers as well as problems that affected enterprise security product Microsoft Defender ATP.
Before installing the patch, Windows 10 users have been given some advice from Microsoft that they should "strongly" follow. The Redmond-based tech giant said: "Microsoft strongly recommends you install the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system before installing the latest cumulative update (LCU).
"SSUs improve the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the LCU.
"If you are using Windows Update, the latest SSU (KB4566785) will be offered to you automatically. To get the standalone package for the latest SSU, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog."