Cumulative Updates - February 27, 2020 - KB4535996 Optional

February 27, 2020—KB4535996 (OS Builds 18362.693 and 18363.693)
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4535996/windows-10-update-kb4535996

Highlights

Updates an issue that prevents the speech platform application from opening for several minutes in a high noise environment.
Updates an issue that reduces the image quality in the Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) home environment.
Updates an issue that might prevent ActiveX content from loading.
Improves the battery performance during Modern Standby mode.
Updates an issue that causes Microsoft Narrator to stop working when a user session is longer than 30 minutes.
Addresses an issue that adds an unwanted keyboard layout as the default after an upgrade even if you have already removed it.
Updates an issue that prevents the Windows Search box from rendering properly.
Updates an issue that prevents the printer settings user interface from displaying properly.
Updates an issue that prevents some applications from printing to network printers.

For other Improvements and fixes please refer to Support Article linked above.

February 27, 2020-KB4537572 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1903 and Windows Server 1903 RTM and Windows 10, version 1909 and Windows Server, version 1909
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4537572/kb4537572-cumulative-update-for-net-framework

For Quality and reliability improvements please refer to Support Article linked above.

Edit: For further information on Optional Updates refer to post of Sumit - Insider MVP in this thread.

https://answers.microsoft.com/message/37e4a0e3-a459-44e4-bc83-62bc8ea6e15e?threadId=612f510a-0b26-4281-9f94-34b53ae98275

Edit 2.0: Additional update for Windows Defender.

KB4052623 Update for Windows Defender antimalware platform
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4052623/update-for-windows-defender-antimalware-platform

This package includes monthly updates and fixes to the Windows Defender antimalware platform that is used by Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10.

Monthly updates are installed in addition to major Windows 10 releases. Both types of updates should be installed to ensure continued protection against malware and other threats.

~bhringer

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I an here because I have no idea where to go and this was the first thread that showed up.

I am also tired of not having the option to install updates or not and now one of the updates has caused my computer to suddenly start shutting down if I am not in the office using it.

I have told Windows not to shut down the screen or the computer in the power options but happens anyway.  I need to work on my computer remotely during the day when I am not in the office but I can't because Windows shuts it down.

I really need some help with this so if no one here can help I would appreciate it if you point me in the right direction.

Thanks,

Clyde

Thanks to the recent update i no longer have any sound on my computer, ive tried everything and nothing will fix it besides rolling the update back, point is shouldn't have to. Microsoft needs to get there **** together. 

It's not just this update (KB4535996), Windows Viruses (wrongly known as Windows Updates) KB4052623 &/or KB4537572 broke all printing to a physical printer.

This "update" (KB4535996) is supposed to "Updates an issue that prevents some applications from printing to network printers."
It did not fix it.

It seems like virtually all Windows Updates break some major functionality.

This has been going on for years.

Clearly, Microsoft does not believe in testing its Updates before releasing them.

They have a Release Date, & ready or not, its going to be released, no matter how many computers it breaks.

Some have reported this Update has totally broken their computer.

Last year's (2019) Update KB4522355 completely destroyed my laptop & had to get a new one.

Like some reported for this Update, it broke Restore/Reset/Recover/Etc.

You claim that it is an optional update, but I would like to point out that with Windows 10 it is not possible to exclude and / or choose updates, so when a user finds an update to be made it is very likely that he would consider it necessary.

Now it is the case that this policy changes and changes quickly, there is the need to be able to selectively manage the installation of updates.

Companies cannot find themselves in the overworked IT department and at the same time cannot be testers themselves on behalf of Microsoft.

I had a simple solution in the end. After fixing the problem only to crash again and again, to the point the hard drive became unreadable, I gave up and bought a Mac.

I simply need reliability and not be in situation where a system crashes at a critical  point. I regret ever changing platforms.

Alessandro Zangarelli, you are incorrect.

In Windows 10, occassionally, there is an Update that is marked as "Optional".

It is rare, but there have been a few I have seen in the past 4-5 months.

The Optional ones appear below the forced Updates.

Also, in https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4535996/windows-10-update-kb4535996, it says:

"In the Optional updates available area, you’ll find the link to download and install the update."

You can exclude these Updates by not clicking on them in the Windows Update area of Settings.

You claim that it is an optional update, but I would like to point out that with Windows 10 it is not possible to exclude and / or choose updates, so when a user finds an update to be made it is very likely that he would consider it necessary.

There are indeed optional updates. These are C/D releases. From my prior post:


Windows 10 update servicing cadence

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/windows-10-update-servicing-cadence/ba-p/222376

The “C” and “D” releases occur the third and fourth weeks of the month, respectively. These preview releases contain only non-security updates, and are intended to provide visibility and testing of the planned non-security fixes targeted for the next month’s Update Tuesday release. These updates are then shipped as part of the following month’s “B” or Update Tuesday release.

Sumit
Windows Insider MVP 2018-2021 and Moderator

Dell Inspiron 5590 - i5 10210U/12GB DDR4/ 4GB Nvidia MX230/ 512GB nvme

https://www.yourwindowsguide.com

I have been searching for why the latest updates to Windows 10 are causing me to get a black screen when Windows tries to start--before I can even sign in.  This has happened twice, once forcing me to restore, the second time to remove updates.  First I removed the Quality Updates--nothing.  Then I removed the Application Updates, and Windows is running. 

But I cannot figure out how to identify what update is causing the black screen, nor how to stop it from re-updating.

The PC is a home-built rig with an AS Rock MB, AMD RX2700 CPU, SSD drive (less than 1/5th full), a fairly full 2 TB RAID drive (about 100 GB left free), older Nvidia pair of video cards, and dual monitors.   In the Black Screen, the mouse moves on the right hand monitor, but not the left, the main one.  Frequently, on the left, there's also a dark gray band that covers the bottom 5th of the screen.

This Optional update is breaking a lot of PC's out there (including my parents who don't know and you should not expect them to know which updates install or not) so, you should at least remove the update until it is OK.

Windows should not have a break button.

This needs to be addressed. We should be able to prevent an optional update if it causes problems. No I have to either pause updates for 7 days and then uninstall KB4535996 again. This update causes both my laptop and desktop to not go into sleep mode.

Please, either fix this update or let me block it from installing.

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