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Windows 10 mandatory October update caused havoc for many users

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On Tuesday, October 10, Microsoft rolled out a mandatory Windows 10 update. The core message displayed on your PC to motivate the update reads, "A security issue has been identified in a Microsoft software product that could affect your system. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system." Naturally, most people would run the update after reading that message.

Unfortunately, update 041676, is causing havoc for some Windows 10 users. There has been reports about the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), as well as other issues after installing the update. Microsoft was quick to release a fix for the BSOD problem, but other users, myself included ran into different issues after the update.

According to Microsoft, the BSOD issue only affected users with a USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface, and they blame the failure on a "publishing" issue.Microsoft gave a detailed explanation and solution for those who experienced the BSOD here.

On Tuesday, just before the update rolled out I replaced my graphics cards with a shiny new GTX1080. I played one game of Overwatch with no issues, but soon after my system began freezing up until I eventually was left with a black screen of death. To make a long story short, the machine had to go in for service and the culprit was (once again), the latest Windows 10 update. My machine is working again, although everything does seem a lot slower.

Other Windows 10 users reported that the update caused their disc usage space to report 100% usage, while others had an issue that the update was getting stuck, while reporting hard drive usage at constant 100%. Others reported booting problems, video games suddenly running at 30fps instead of at 60fps, and printer issues, to name but a few. One Redditor even states all 10 PC's at work got the BSOD after the update!

Reading through the Reddit thread about the mandatory Windows 10 update, you'll notice the many complaints and issues. Even though Microsoft rolled out a fix (for some of the issues), it is unclear why the rolled out a mandatory updated that caused so many issues for so many people.

This coming Tuesday Microsoft will roll out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which promises to change the face of VR gaming. I just hope it's not a repeat of this past Tuesday's experience.

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