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Microsoft confirms taskbar bugs, broken File Explorer and app issues in Windows 10

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Microsoft has confirmed that those sticking with Windows 10 and not planning to upgrade to Windows 11 may experience strange behaviors in the taskbar after installing some of the latest cumulative updates. No, it’s not a penalty for not upgrading to Windows 11 – it’s another known bug that Microsoft will fix in future updates.

Microsoft says the problem causes visual glitches and reduces system stability, causing certain parts and apps to become unresponsive. If you are using Windows 10, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • The weather or news and interests widget or icons are flashing on the Windows taskbar
  • Windows taskbar stops responding
  • Windows Explorer stops responding
  • Applications including Microsoft Word or Excel may stop responding if they are open when the problem occurs

as per A post in the official Windows documentation, restarting the system may help mitigate the problem. However, Microsoft decided to take a more proactive approach and undo the damage using the Known Issue Rollback feature. This will address the bug without any user input, but the system may take up to 24 hours to propagate and heal the affected computers (all consumer versions of Windows 10 starting from 20H2 and above).

The software giant promises to release regular bug fixes with future incremental updates.


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