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Windows 10’s “Critical Error” Start Menu Bug Will Be Fixed by the End of the Month

An issue caused by KB4524147 that creates a non-functioning Windows 10 Start Menu will be resolved by the end of the month, says Microsoft.


In the latest Windows 10 update debacle, users noted that the KB4524147 security upgrade broke Start Menus and printers. Though the issue with printer spooling has since been resolved, customers will have to wait a little longer to access Start.

According to employee PaulSey (via Ghacks) a fix is coming in late October.

“We are aware of this issue and estimate a resolution to be released in late October,” he said on the Microsoft Answers Forum.

For those lucky enough to be unaffected, the bug causes a critical error when the Start Menu is opened, with it ceasing to respond. For those who rely on it to access their apps, it's a major annoyance.

The problem was first reported early last week, so it's taken a little while to be acknowledged by Microsoft. The fact it's rolling out towards the end of the month suggests it'll part of an optional update.

If you can't wait a couple of weeks for a fully functional OS, you can install KB4524147 and KB4517389. This will, unfortunately, leave you without the remedies for security bugs in these builds, but none of them are major.

Unfortunately, it takes time to reproduce and fix such bugs, and Microsoft appears to be swamped right now. As well as prepping tbe Windows 10 November Update for release, it's working on 20H1. It also recently fixed a weeks-old issue with the Suface Book 2's dedicated GPU.

Still having to choose between security and basic OS functionality isn't a position customers want to be in. Microsoft committed to increased update quality last November, but significant issues still persist. With hope the coming update will be an end to the start menu problems once and for all, and users will have a solid base from which to update to Windows 10 1909.

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