Microsoft pushed out the new cumulative update KB3194496 for Windows 10 that -- again -- mixes lots of updates into a single massive 753 Megabyte patch (420 Megabytes for the x86 version) for the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10.
The update log released here highlights some of the key changes in the cumulative patch. The page lists major updates or changes, with others not even mentioned there.
In case you are wondering, KB3194496 is fixing a lot of things. The list includes improving the reliability of the Windows Update Agent, performance improvements, video playback issues, drive mapping issues when using administrator credentials, or reliability updates for downloading and updating store games.
The last entry is of interest particularly as it lists virtually any major component of Windows 10.
Addressed additional issues with multimedia, Windows kernel, Windows shell, enterprise security, storage file system, Remote Desktop, core platform, Hyper-V platform, Windows Update for Business, display kernel, near field communication (NFC), input and composition, Bluetooth, Microsoft Lync 2010 compatibility, Windows Storage API, app registration, Trusted Platform Module, Group Policy, Internet Explorer 11, virtual private network (VPN), BitLocker, wireless networking, datacenter networking, Cortana, PowerShell, Active Directory, connection manager and data usage, Access Point Name (APN) database, Microsoft Edge, Windows Recovery Environment, file clustering, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, audio playback settings, DShow Bridge, app compatibility, licensing, cloud infrastructure, domain name system (DNS) server, network controller, USB barcode reader, and Adobe Flash Player.
In case you wondered, this does not fix the issue where drives randomly disappear from Windows or the SSD freezing issues that some users are experiencing.
Update: Microsoft released a fix for Windows Insiders that takes care of the issue. It is unclear if it works on devices that are not part of the Windows Insider program. While the patch is up for download already, the Knowledgebase support page is now.
Cumulative Windows 10 Update KB3194496
You may notice two issues with the update KB3194496. First, downloads of the update may appear to be stuck at 45% or 94% or other percentages.
The update is not really stuck, but if you open a network monitor, Resource Monitor for instance by tapping on the Windows-key, typing Resource Monitor, and hitting on the Enter-key, you will notice that data is still coming in but at a snail pace.
You can wait for the download of the update to complete, or download it manually instead. Problem is that it is not yet available on the Update Catalog or Microsoft's Download Center. This means that you will have to wait for the update to become available there for manual download as well.
Some users are reporting that the update won't install on their Windows 10 machine. They report that the update fails to install on reboot after the initial download of the update, and that they get an "undoing changes" screen which restores the previous state of the system.
The event manager may show the error code 0x800F0922 if you look it up.
Microsoft employees stated that they look into the issue on the official Microsoft Answers community website.
For now though there is nothing that can be done about it if the KB3194496 update fails to install on the system.
Update: A fix is making the rounds currently. We could not test it but users report that it seems to resolve the updating issues they are facing.
- Delete the folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\XblGameSave on the system. Please note that you can only do so with elevated privileges.
- Delete the Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Microsoft\XblGameSave
Once done, retry to install the update. Reports indicate that it should install fine now. The folder and Registry key are re-generated automatically by Windows. We suggest you back up the folder and Registry key before deleting them just to be on the save side of things.
Now You: Did you notice any issues with the latest cumulative update for Windows 10?