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The problems of Windows 10 with the latest update are getting worse: now it’s supposedly breaking PCs

Windows 10 has been bogged down in multiple update miseries, apparently, with its latest cumulative update (fortunately optional) causing additional problems – and indeed even more serious problems – that we recently reported on.

We are talking about Windows 10 KB4541335, which as mentioned is an optional update that aims to cure bugs with Windows 10 November 2019 and May 2019, except that it is causing problems and solving them (and not for the first time, by a possibility, for Microsoft updates in recent history).

Like us initially observed, some of the problems that users have encountered include crashing the PC and slow performance (with the system suffering from high CPU usage and generally crashing). We have already seen complaints about games that suffer from “terrible input delay” even after applying this update.

While it’s unclear exactly how many users could be adversely affected by this cumulative update, Windows Latest has highlighted additional alleged gremlins in works with KB4541335, probably because more and more people install it over time.

Certainly there have been further reports of problems surfacing online over the weekend, including a particularly unpleasant case in which the user said that his PC was actually blocked by the cumulative update.

They complained: “My car was stoned all night and I had to unplug and go back. Eventually, after about 30 minutes, it was uninstalled and I was able to go to Settings and pause updates for a month. This happens too often. “

Another user then protested complaining that his computer had been slowed down by the update, which as mentioned is apparently one of the most common problems reported by people.

As further additional Windows notes, reports continue to show on system slowness, high CPU, memory and disk usage, and indeed general stability issues with Windows 10 following the installation of the optional update.

Also on the Microsoft Answers.com support forum, there are further complaints, including a laptop owner who claims to have encountered another serious error, namely: “On the last 2 occasions I have installed the optional KB4541335, at restart, the machine reported NO operating system could be found. “

We also saw earlier that with this update some people are unable to install it, instead receiving an error message. Although they may only be the luckiest, of course …

No update update

Microsoft reportedly claims that it is not aware of any problems with KB4541335.

Nonetheless, given the apparent flow of complaints about the update and the fact that it is optional, it would seem that the best way to act for now is to leave it aside for the moment. After all, it’s optional, and unless you’re really desperate for the bug fixes that apply, steering seems to be the safest way to do it.

The fixes provided by the optional update are by no means critical, however. For example, it fixes a bug with the Microsoft Your Phone app on some devices where the mute button doesn’t work and fixes an issue where some apps can’t be closed in some cases (even though the latter looks like a somewhat frustrating).

If you have installed KB4541335 and are having problems, perhaps the best thing to do at this point is to simply remove the update.

As previously detailed, it is quite easy to do this. Just open the Settings app (the gear icon in the Start menu), click “Update & Security”, then click “Windows Update” in the left menu, then click “View update history”. Click “Uninstall updates”, find KB4541335 in the list of updates, select it, then click to uninstall.

In the meantime, we will only have to resist because Microsoft hopes it will do some further investigation to get to the bottom of what could happen here.

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