Microsoft simply cannot seem to get rid of the bugs that are plaguing their Windows 10 operating system. It’s like an endless game of whack-a-mole. They release an update to fix previous issues, but new issues crop up along the way. This is exactly the type of experience that users are reporting with the latest system update for Windows 10.
Not The First Update With Issues
The Windows 10 KB4535996 update started its rollout on February 27, 2020. It was released to fix issues with Windows Search and glitches related to printing that came with the previous update. This is far from the first time Microsoft has had issues with updates. Deleted files, rearranged desktops icons, etc. are quite common after such updates.
Numerous Issues With New Update
To begin with, the update simply doesn’t install, showing error codes, 0x800f0922 or 0x80070003. Those who can get it to install are reporting that it slows down the boot-up speeds of their computers.
That’s still better than whose PCs simply refuse to boot-up properly in the first place. Some users have experienced the dreaded ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ (BSOD). Others simply have their computers stuck in a boot loop, where their computer tries to load Windows 10, fails, restarts and fails again.
There are a lucky few who have been able to log into their systems after this update. Even they haven’t managed to come out of this experience unscathed, however, with reports of freezing being quite common as well.
There Is A Simple Fix
If you have installed this update and are experiencing any of these issues, there is a fix, although not ideal. It is possible to uninstall this update and go back to the previous version of Windows 10. The previous version’s bugs may still be a problem, but your computer will be functional again.
Those experiencing the BSOD or stuck in a boot loop, you will be required to boot into safe mode to uninstall this update.
In the case of a boot loop, after multiple failed starts, Windows itself will give you the option to boot into safe mode. In the case of a BSOD, repeatedly press the F2 or Delete key as soon as you start your system. This will lead you to a menu that will let you boot into safe mode.
After uninstalling this update, you will be able to go back to an older, buggy, but functional version of Windows 10.