Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 17134.81 which fixes some SSD problems

Microsoft released yesterday the second cumulative update for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, following build 17134.48, which was released two weeks ago on the last official Patch Tuesday. The last feature update hasn’t been without its share of problems, such as issues with SSDs from Intel and Toshiba. Now Microsoft tried to fix it with another 400+ MB update.

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The Register has been banging on about SSD problems and the April 2018 Update in general for a while now and is prepared to wager a delicious pint of beer that those “certain vendors” include Intel and Toshiba.

While not spelled out in the fix list itself, the known issues table does indeed call out the Intel and Toshiba SSD problems. The workaround is, KB4100403.

Changelog

Those SSD particular issues have been fixed with today’s update, which is KB4100403. It brings the build number to 17134.81, and can be manually downloaded here. Here’s what got fixed:

  • Addresses an issue in Internet Explorer that might cause communication between web workers to fail in certain asynchronous scenarios with multiple visits to a web page.
  • Addresses additional issues with updated time zone information.
  • Addresses an issue where closed-caption settings are preserved after upgrade.
  • Addresses a reliability issue that may cause Microsoft Edge or other applications to stop responding when you create a new audio endpoint while audio or video playback is starting.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause Windows Hello enrollment to fail on certain hardware that has dGPUs.
  • Addresses an issue with power regression on systems with NVMe devices from certain vendors.
  • If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.

Still SSD issues for Toshiba and Intel

There are a couple of known issues with this cumulative update, one for Intel SSDs and the other for Toshiba SSDs. Microsoft is recommending that you wait until May 25 to manually install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update if you’re using one of these devices. After that, build 17134.81 will be included with the installation, so you shouldn’t run into issues.

Manual Download

x64
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/updt/2018/05/Windows10.0-KB4100403-x64_3BE9094A5DAE3DE4E7586EAA6B0FC8F3981A77F6.cab

x86
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/updt/2018/05/Windows10.0-KB4100403-x86_9F461E93FB7B4BD4938DE82D6D5DA546DD901D0A.cab

ARM64
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2018/05/windows10.0-kb4100403-arm64_665f3ecdc5d0c9985121126bb0b84ad3bd981676.msu

Via Update Catalogue
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4099479/windows-10-update-history
https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4100403

Closing Words

I have several Laptops with Toshiba and Intel SSD’s and I couldn’t verify the issue at all. It seems only related to NVMe and it’s crippled drivers. Seems like the Windows Black Screen issue which a lot of people complaining about, it’s OEM specific or they simply use outdated drivers.

I already installed the update and I haven’t had any issue but seems I’m always special since I use 1803 in my VM I haven’t found much issue, the most issue I can see are already addressed with newer Insider Builds. Moreover I do believe lots of issues which are reported over Reddit & Co are 1) OEM specific 2) because people not updating their drivers (cause WSUS might offer them not the latest ones) 3 they use some crappy tools in order to remove bloatware or other ‘tweaks’ which then might cause additional issue.

The only thing I found with this update is that it requires an online connection because MS seems to check the files and verify it. You get an error in case you disabled your internet connection (at least from what I tested). But it’s kind of normal that MS does this because they now starting to verify more files in order to prevent obsolete file copies.

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