As promised, Microsoft has rolled out a new cumulative update for Windows 10, which includes fixes for a bug causing Blue Screens of Death (BSOD) on Surface Book 2 devices. The issues affected Surface Book 2 owners who’d installed the late November cumulative update, KB4467682, for Windows 10 version 1803. Microsoft initially blocked it only for Surface Book 2 owners but then decided to remove the update altogether. Affected users were seeing the error code ‘System threat exception not handled’, with machines experiencing several BSODs after installing the update.
Some owners complained that Microsoft wasn’t testing its software updates on its flagship Surface models. Microsoft says the latest update for Windows 10 version 1803, KB4471324, “addresses an issue that may cause some users to see a blue or black screen and receive the error code, ‘System thread exception not handled’.”
This update also fixes a bug that broke custom Start menus affecting some enterprise users. It also addresses an issue causing the Seek Bar in Windows Media Player to not work for some files. Microsoft lists one known issue with this update that prevents some users from pinning a web link on the Start menu or the task bar. It’s promising a fix in an upcoming release.
The latest cumulative update contain Microsoft’s December Patch Tuesday fixes, which included a patch for a zero-day Windows flaw that state-backed hackers were exploiting.
The Seek Bar issue was also fixed in Tuesday’s cumulative update KB4471332 for systems on Windows 10 version 1809. Microsoft notes that it won’t be providing any preview releases in December due to “minimal operations during the holidays and upcoming Western new year”.
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