Cumulative Update To Windows 10 v1903 And v1909 Attempts To Fix File Explorer But Bugs Still Remain Hindering Smooth Experience

Microsoft recently released a new and optional, non-security cumulative update for Windows 10 versions 1909 and 1903. The update, among a few different things, is primarily aimed at addressing multiple bugs and weird behavioral issues within the native File Explorer of Windows 10 operating system.

Despite launching not one but two major feature updates, namely the v1903 and v1909, Microsoft couldn’t manage to improve the File Explorer application that comes bundled with Windows 10 OS. The application, which is deeply integrated within Windows 10, continued to behave erratically with occasional glitches and weird behavior. In fact, many Windows 10 users experienced problems with File Explorer after Microsoft released the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. The latest non-security cumulative update, however, is an earnest attempt from Microsoft to fix most, if not all, issues with File Explorer and Control Panel.

Microsoft Releases Non-Security Cumulative Update KB4532695 For Windows 10 To Fix File Explorer and Control Panel Issues:

Microsoft released optional, non-security cumulative updates for Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909, which address multiple bugs in the new File Explorer. The update, tagged as KB4532695, updates the Windows 10 v1903 to 18362.628 and v1909 to 18363.628. Both the variants contain mostly the same set of bug fixes.

The updates are meant to address quite a few of the complaints about File Explorer, and particularly about the Search Box. There are a few fixes for the weird behavior of the Control Panel as well. Several users had long been claiming that the Search Box was almost unusable. One of the most common bugs involved a non-responsive text cursor that appeared inside the box, but users couldn’t click inside the box or type into it.

The new updates for 1909 and 1903 include two major fixes for the File Explorer search bugs that users have been complaining about. According to Microsoft, KB4532695 “updates an issue that prevents File Explorer’s Search Bar from pasting clipboard content using the right mouse button (right-click)”. It also “updates an issue that prevents File Explorer’s Search Bar from receiving user input”.

Although Microsoft has genuinely attempted to weed out the most annoying flaws and glitches in File Explorer, a few still remain. The remaining defects aren’t serious, but Microsoft has yet to make the user experience with the platform smooth and glitch-free. Simply put, there are few minor but persistent weird behavioral issues that can be termed as “annoyances” if not bugs or flaws.

Some of the still existing issues with File Explorer include the need for two clicks to deselect the selected or highlighted text. Additionally, deleting results in the drop-down search results also doesn’t work. As for the Search Box within File Explorer, it first needs a left-click to become “active” before right-click starts working inside.

The non-security Cumulative Update KB4532695 for Windows 10 has been released as an “on-demand” update. In other words, the update will be offered only to those Windows 10 users who manually check for updates and select the ‘Download and install now’ option. Cautious users can ignore the cumulative update, and instead, attempt to fix their File Explorer issues with February Patch Tuesday release.


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