Add font display issues to the growing number of Windows 10 version 1809 issues
The issue at hand this time is display related. Machines affected by the issue display garbled or entirely unreadable text.
The screenshot below shows how the Settings application may look like on a system that is affected by the bug.
Errors seem to have appeared first in the Foobar 2000 application but it did not take long before users reported that fonts were broken in web browsers such as Chrome or internal system applications such as the Settings application.
The most likely explanation for the garbled font issue is that it is a font fallback issue. Windows uses font fallback options when it cannot display a certain glyph because of the font that is used.
Basically, when Windows can't use the default font to display a glyph on the screen it uses a fallback instead.
The issue appeared in Windows 10 version 1809, the new feature update, on affected machines and did not exist in previous versions of Windows.
Some users reported that they fixed the issue by installing the latest graphics drivers on the machine. Intel users may head over to the Intel website to download the latest drivers for the integrated graphics adapter. AMD and Nvidia drivers are available as well.
It appears that the installation of the latest video card driver updates the font usage of the Windows 10 operating system as well; at least that is what is reported by users who fixed affected machines by updating video card drivers on the PCs.
Microsoft's new feature update Windows 10 version 1809 is plagued by a number of bugs including serious ones that may lead to data loss during use or after the upgrade to the new version. Some users who did update to the new version before Microsoft pulled it reported audio issues and bluescreens as well.
The number of machines that were upgraded to Windows 10 before Microsoft pulled the release is unknown but it is likely not very large when compared to the number of all Windows 10 devices. One has to wonder if the full release of the operating system will increase the number of serious bugs further.
Users are advised to create a system backup of the operating system before they upgrade. Those who are in no hurry to upgrade are advised to wait a month at the very least before they start the upgrade.
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