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Windows gives reason not to download updates | ENBLE

Microsoft’s Latest Windows Update Causes Blue Screens for Some Users

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As if we needed another reason to hold off on downloading the latest patches before they’ve been thoroughly tested, Microsoft’s most recent Windows Update comes with an unfortunate side effect – it causes blue screens for some users. The blue screen appears right at boot, citing the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” error as the stop code. But fear not, we have the details on what’s causing this issue and how to avoid it.

The problem started to surface right after installing the latest Windows 11 update, KB5029351, which brought the operating system up to version 22621.2215. This build aims to address some issues and bring minor improvements, such as adding a new hover behavior to the search box gleam and improving the reliability of the Search app. However, it seems it also brought along the frustrating blue screen problem.

Upon installing the update and restarting the PC, some users encountered an unwelcome blue screen right at boot, rendering their systems unusable. Thankfully, the update uninstalls itself after a few failed attempts to boot the PC. While it may provide temporary relief, Microsoft is aware of the problem and is working on a fix.

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For those affected by this issue, Microsoft recommends taking the following steps to help resolve the problem. First, launch the Feedback Hub by pressing Windows key + F. Next, select “Summarize your feedback” and then “Explain in more detail.” You will be prompted to describe the problem and replicate it, although replication may not be possible in this case.

It’s important to note that this particular update is optional and only available to users running Windows 11 builds 22H2 and 21H2, as well as Windows 10 22H2. It does not install automatically, which is a blessing, although some users may still receive it without realizing what they are signing up for. To download this patch, users must navigate to the Windows Update settings and choose to install it manually.

The cause of these blue screens is still unknown, but there is a common thread among affected users. According to PCWorld, a Reddit thread filled with individuals experiencing the same issue points to a combination of Intel’s top processors from the Raptor Lake generation with MSI motherboards. As motherboard vendors prepare for the upcoming Raptor Lake refresh and BIOS updates begin to roll out, it’s possible that some conflict arises between the update and this particular hardware combination.

This isn’t the first time a fresh Windows Update has caused problems. Not long ago, users reported a significant decrease in SSD speeds after an update. Therefore, it’s often wise to wait a few days before downloading optional, non-critical updates. By doing so, you can save yourself the headache and time spent on troubleshooting.

In conclusion, while Microsoft works on a fix for the blue screen issue caused by the latest Windows Update, it’s essential to exercise caution when installing optional updates, especially when running specific hardware configurations. By prioritizing stability and allowing time for broader testing, users can ensure a smoother experience on their PCs.