Microsoft Confirms New Update Error in Windows 10 Version 1903, Releases Updates to fix VB Bugs

Microsoft has acknowledged various known issues introduced by this month’s patch Tuesday updates. One of the issues that affected a subset of Windows 10 users was a black screen bug. Some people reported that they encountered a black screen bug after the first log on.

The Redmond giant has recently confirmed two known issues affecting Windows 10 version 1903. One of the issues is related to Visual Basic applications and scripts exclusively. The other one is an update error that affected a large number of Windows 10 users running Windows 10 May Update.

Apps using Visual Basic 6 (VB6), VBA, and VBScript may stop responding with an error

Microsoft rolled out the monthly security update KB4512508 for different client and server versions of Windows on August 13. Just one day later Microsoft confirmed that some Visual Basic applications and scripts may fail to respond after the installation of this update.

After installing KB4512508, applications that were made using Visual Basic 6 (VB6), macros using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and scripts or apps using Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) may stop responding and you may receive an “invalid procedure call error.”

According to the support document, this problem affected all supported versions of Windows including the latest Windows 10 May 2019 update. Microsoft is yet to speak about the cause that triggered the VB bug. Some recent reports suggest that Microsoft has disabled the VBScript for older and newer versions of Windows by default. A large number of users started reporting the issue soon after this change.

However, Microsoft quickly started investigating the problem and the company has now released patches for Windows 10 version 1709, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7. Moreover, on the server-side, the updates are also available for Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2.

Microsoft made it clear that the issue is currently under investigation and those who are experiencing the same problem for other versions of Windows will receive corresponding patches in late August.

Updates may fail to install and you may receive Error 0x80073701

Windows Update errors are not new for Windows 10 users. It seems like this problem has been inherited to Windows 10 May Update too. Microsoft has now officially confirmed that those devices who installed Windows 10 cumulative update KB4497935 ran into 0x80073701 error. Here is how Microsoft mentioned the problem in a support document.

Installation of updates may fail and you may receive the error message, “Updates Failed, There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later” or “Error 0x80073701” on the Windows Update dialog or within Update history.

The company is investigating the issue at the moment and there is no workaround available that can help you to avoid this error. Most probably, Microsoft is going to release another round of updates within a week or so to address both issues. Meanwhile, don’t forget to try the steps mentioned in this guide to fix the Windows Update error 0x80073701.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.

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