Microsoft Releases Non-Security Cumulative Updates For Multiple Windows 10 Versions But Start Menu ‘Critical Error’ Issue Still Unresolved In Win10 1903

Microsoft released a noticeably large Cumulative Update for multiple versions of the Windows 10 operating system. However, the latest, stable release of the operating system doesn’t feature in the list. Moreover, Microsoft is yet to address the ‘Start Menu Critical Error’ issue in Windows 10 1903. However, Microsoft has noted that the Cumulative Update includes a fix for the Start menu problem, which is obviously another issue than the one being faced by Windows 10 users who are on the latest version.

A week after October Patch Tuesday Update, Microsoft has released optional cumulative updates for multiple versions of Windows 10 OS. One of the versions to receive the update includes Windows 10 1809 that reportedly fixes a Start menu problem when upgrading to this version. The latest Cumulative Update, which is an optional non-security update, is officially tagged KB4520062 and primarily meant for Windows 10 version 1809. Microsoft has categorically noted that KB4520062 addresses a Start menu issue. However, it appears to be different from the ‘Critical Error’ Start menu problem Windows 10 users, particularly on the Windows 10 1903 version, have been experiencing this month. Incidentally, Microsoft had acknowledged the weird behavior of the Start Menu as well as other issues that users have been facing.

Start Menu Issue And ‘Critical Error’ Warning In Windows 10 1903 Will Be Fixed This Month, Promises Microsoft

Although the KB4520062 is an optional non-security Cumulative Update that addresses a Start Menu issue, it does not address the Critical Error Start Menu issue that several Windows 10 1903 users have been facing. The Start menu fix packed within KB4520062 is meant for Windows 10 version 1809, and is aimed at users who haven’t upgraded to this version yet. However, it doesn’t fix the Start menu issue for those who’ve already upgraded to Windows 10 1809, explained Microsoft in the release notes:

“Prevents the appearance of blank tiles in the Start menu when you upgrade to Windows 10, version 1809 from any previous version of Windows 10. These blank tiles have names such as ‘ms-resource:AppName’ or ‘ms-resource:appDisplayName’. However, if you have already upgraded to Windows 10, version 1809, installing this update will not remove existing blank tiles.”

The KB4520062 Cumulative Update contains about 35 fixes and improvements. These include one that addresses a bug that caused power consumption in Connected Standby mode to remain high and an issue that caused a black screen at startup during the first sign-in after installing an update. Moreover, users installing the optional update should no longer be blocked from opening the print dialog in Internet Explorer to print a web page. Microsoft has also addressed the Setting app, and it will no longer stop functioning after users change themes or change any settings in the Themes app.

It appears Microsoft is working on a fix for the Start menu Critical Error issue in Windows 10 1903 version, which cropped up after users applied a previous Cumulative Update. Microsoft has acknowledged that a fix to the issue is coming, and users could expect to receive another smaller update before the current month of October ends.

Microsoft Released A Few Updates For Windows 10 1607, 1703, and 1803, And Also For Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1:

In addition to the aforementioned KB4520062 Cumulative Update, Microsoft also released a few non-security updates to several other Windows 10 versions as well as Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1. The update for Windows 10 1803 is particularly important because it fixes a black screen problem at startup and another that causes a device to “repeatedly go into the Windows Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) restart loop in certain situations”.

Microsoft is clearly attempting to get the majority of Windows 10 users on the latest stable release of the OS, which is 1903. However, a survey has indicated that around half of all Windows 10 installations are still on Windows 10 1803 version. This version is rapidly approaching its End of Service, which is on November 12. Even support for Windows 7 will run out on January 14, 2020, for the majority of users.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.